Best Courtroom Movies

  • A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men (R, 1992)

    Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland
    In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (T... read moreom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there's more to the matter than they've been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as "Code Red" after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the "Code Red" was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick's superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the "Code Red" for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. A Few Good Men also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway's research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb100000570202513: . The courtroom drama digs deep into the process of a trial involving naval officials by looking at the ca
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      calejb1: As far as courtroom drama goes this is not a bad attempt at creating a good one. It's interesting enough for y
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      fb120802054: Awesome courtroom drama coming from my favorite era of film! Cruise, Moore and Nicholson all shine in their
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  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose (PG-13, 2005)

    Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore
    In this blend of psychological thriller and courtroom drama, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) is a 19... read more-year-old college student who begins displaying bizarre and troubling behavior; as her actions become increasingly destructive and shocking, Emily begins speaking in strange tongues and destroying religious symbols that surround her. Emily's parents believe that their daughter has become possessed of the devil, and the Catholic Church agrees to authorize an exorcism of the young woman. As Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) attempts to drive the demons from Emily's body, the girl dies in the midst of the taxing ceremonies, and Father Moore finds himself charged with negligent homicide. Attorney Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) is hired to represent Father Moore against prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), who intends to prove there were concrete medical explanations for Emily's behaviors, including epilepsy and schizophrenia, all leading to a heated courtroom debate between the notions of faith and science. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was inspired by the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, a young woman from Germany who died in 1976 after priests in Wurzburg spent eight months attempting to exorcise demons from her body. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb8603126: Some of the courtroom drama was a little hokey, but it's an excellent premise and format. And I gained a LOT of
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
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      fb511930079: . Using a courtroom drama as a backdrop to tell a non-linear story about a college girl (played chillingly by
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      tazzydevil98: . Inspired by the story of Annalise Michel, this is a smart, tense and horrifying courtroom thriller
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