Courtroom (Trial) Dramas: Best Films

In the mood to watch a good courtroom drama?

In 1989, the American Bar Association (ABA) rated the 12 best trial films of all time, with a detailed legal evaluation for its choices.

Ten of them are in English; M is in German, and The Passion of Joan of Arc is a French silent film.

12 Angry Men, 1957
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards.

A Man for All Seasons, 1966
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning 6. Based on a real trial.

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959
Nominated for 7 Academy Awards. Based on a real trial.

Inherit the Wind, 1960
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards. Based on a real trial.

Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning 2. Based on a real trial.

M, 1931

Paths of Glory, 1957, Based on a real trial (court martial).

The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928
Based on a real trial.

The Trial, 1962

The Wrong Man, 1957 Based on a real trial.

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning 3.

The Verdict, 1982
Nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

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