Throwback: 50's Courtroom Dramas

by Chihir0 | created - 19 Apr 2018 | updated - 19 Apr 2018 | Public

50's brought us some of the greatest Courtroom Dramas ever made.

Here is a list of 50's Courtroom Dramas. Which of the followings do you like the most?

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1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 636,327 | Gross: $4.36M

2. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 97,964 | Gross: $8.18M

3. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 55,775 | Gross: $11.90M

4. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, War

63 Metascore

When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Votes: 23,280 | Gross: $21.75M

5. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 5,449

6. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,379

7. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself for the murder of a burlesque dancer as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,238

8. Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

103 min | Drama

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey

Votes: 531

9. Madeleine (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks

Votes: 1,337

10. Time Limit (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, War

During the Korean War former prisoner of war, Major Harry Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel William Edwards wants the details.

Director: Karl Malden | Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Dolores Michaels, June Lockhart

Votes: 823

11. Libel (1959)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A shell-shocked World War II veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley

Votes: 924

12. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,479

13. The Tattered Dress (1957)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When top lawyer James Blane gets an acquittal for a man who killed another man for sexually roughing up his trophy wife, the murderous town sheriff frames him for bribing a juror in the case.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson, Gail Russell

Votes: 363

14. The People Against O'Hara (1951)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak

Votes: 1,103

15. Outrage (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Mala Powers, Tod Andrews, Robert Clarke, Raymond Bond

Votes: 918

16. Trial (1955)

Passed | 105 min | Drama

Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy, John Hodiak

Votes: 873

17. Roses for the Prosecutor (1959)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

April 1945. Because he stole two boxes of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Martin Held, Walter Giller, Ingrid van Bergen, Camilla Spira

Votes: 404

18. The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | 123 min | Drama

Courtroom drama about an adulterous pair who is charged with murdering the outraged husband of the cheating woman.

Director: Clifford Odets | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Anthony Franciosa, Gig Young, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 439

19. Justice Is Done (1950)

95 min | Drama

Known as "Justice Is Done" in 1953 when it was first shown in the USA, it opens with a short briefing in English on the French jury system and then reverts to French with English subtitles.... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Michel Auclair, Antoine Balpêtré, Raymond Bussières, Jacques Castelot

Votes: 191

20. Eye Witness (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In 1949, when his former British war buddy is charged with murder, American lawyer Adam Hayward goes to England to see if he can help.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer, Andrew Cruickshank

Votes: 117

21. The World Was His Jury (1958)

82 min | Drama

An attorney defends a ship captain that was put on trial for negligence after a deadly event at sea.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Mona Freeman, Karin Booth, Robert McQueeney

Votes: 89



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