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1. Dark Waters (2019)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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72 Metascore

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman

Votes: 15,535

2. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 111,687

3. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Charlie Pye Jr., Michael Harding, Christopher Wolfe

Votes: 11,238

4. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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78 Metascore

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser

Votes: 6,342

5. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

9.0
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 62,610

6. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 65,165

7. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 172,053 | Gross: $56.12M

8. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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60 Metascore

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 312,382 | Gross: $60.98M

9. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 202,523 | Gross: $58.01M

10. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 41,043

11. Night Court (1984–1992)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

Votes: 9,755

12. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 129,049 | Gross: $34.47M

13. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

Votes: 293,909 | Gross: $80.07M

14. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 6,819

15. Matlock (1986–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,927

16. The Practice (1997–2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Steve Harris

Votes: 7,352

17. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 68,786 | Gross: $35.00M

18. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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

8.4
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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: 98,638 | Gross: $8.18M

19. The Whole Truth (2016)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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46 Metascore

A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso

Votes: 21,167

20. Acts of Vengeance (2017)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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49 Metascore

A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Paz Vega, Cristina Serafini

Votes: 8,765

21. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 25,463 | Gross: $0.32M

22. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 102,943 | Gross: $59.69M

23. High Crimes (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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48 Metascore

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Adam Scott

Votes: 37,063 | Gross: $41.54M

24. Just Cause (1995)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after twenty-five years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood

Votes: 23,322 | Gross: $36.85M

25. Franklin & Bash (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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Lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are recruited by a large firm's major partner after winning a high-profile case.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 12,909

26. Brokedown Palace (1999)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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44 Metascore

Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim

Votes: 20,999 | Gross: $10.11M

27. Fearless (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Emma Banville (Helen McCrory), a human rights lawyer known for defending lost causes, sets out to prove the innocence of Kevin Russell (Sam Swainsbury), who was convicted for the murder of a school girl fourteen years earlier.

Stars: Helen McCrory, Sam Swainsbury, Jonathan Forbes, Robin Weigert

Votes: 3,141

28. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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12 Metascore

An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 6,156 | Gross: $7.10M

29. You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Deirdre O'Connell

Votes: 25,706

30. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 24,486 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)

TV-MA | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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A group of strangers come to the aid of a single mother seeking to bring her rapists to justice.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 6,256

32. Phil Spector (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.2
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A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 6,303

33. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000–2007)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Third-rate superhero Harvey Birdman gets a new lease on life when he becomes a lawyer.

Stars: Gary Cole, Stephen Colbert, Thomas Allen, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 10,115

34. Suspect (1987)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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53 Metascore

When a homeless man is accused of murdering a Justice Department file clerk, a public defender is tasked with mounting his legal defense.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney

Votes: 8,753 | Gross: $18.78M

35. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 6,715 | Gross: $8.12M

36. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,047 | Gross: $3.12M

37. The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958)

Unrated | 85 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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A barrister (Anna Neagle) tries to defend her client, a U.S. scientist (Anthony Quayle), for killing his bride (Zsa Zsa Gabor), a U.S. spy.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Katherine Kath

Votes: 114

38. A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 15,646

39. Black Angel (1946)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

7.0
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When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 2,461

40. Stella Blómkvist (2017– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Stella Blómkvist is a young, cute, libertine, tough, confident, intelligent, Icelandic lawyer with a flexible moral compass. A friend at the police calls her when there's a criminal in need of a lawyer.

Stars: Heida Reed, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Þorsteinn Guðmundsson

Votes: 582

41. Harry's Law (2011–2012)

43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A group of misfit lawyers form an unconventional firm.

Stars: Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald, Karen Olivo

Votes: 5,688

42. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 3,791

43. The Ten (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.0
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50 Metascore

Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody

Votes: 16,089 | Gross: $0.77M

44. 2011 AVN Awards Show (2011 TV Special)

83 min

5.8
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Add a Plot

Director: Gary Miller | Stars: Aubrey Addams, Asa Akira, Monique Alexander, Raven Alexis

Votes: 19

45. Raw Deal (1948)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland

Votes: 3,837

46. Zoot Suit (1981)

R | 103 min | Drama, Musical

6.8
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A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly

Votes: 997 | Gross: $3.26M

47. Submarino (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.6
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Votes: 8,944

48. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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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: 5,470

49. Criminal Law (1988)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

Votes: 3,363 | Gross: $9.97M

50. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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58 Metascore

A newly elected District Attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm

Votes: 6,043 | Gross: $9.88M



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