The 15 Best Courtroom Dramas – My favorites

One of the most exciting and thought-provoking of genres, the courtroom drama  saw some of the greatest  filmmakers tackle it with their own unique sense of style, vision and perspective and provided plenty of opportunities for some of the very well-known and relatively unknown actors to showcase their remarkable talents on screen. A majority of them were produced by Hollywood but there are a few that came from outside Hollywood which deserve to be counted among the very best. I’ve compiled a list of my 15 favorites and I’m sure this list will expand in the years to come. If you have any recommendations of your own which I may not have heard of (aside from some of the most popular choices out there, that is), please let me know.

  1. 12 Angry Men (1957) [Director: Sidney Lumet]

  2.  Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) [Director: Stanley Kramer]

  3. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) [Director: Billy Wilder]

  4. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [Director: Otto Preminger]

  5. Inherit the Wind (1960) [Director: Stanley Kramer]

  6. The Verdict (1982) [Director: Sidney Lumet]

  7. My Cousin Vinny (1991) [Director: Jonathan Lynn]

  8. Gett: The Trial of Vivianne Amsalem (2014) [Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz]

  9. In the Name of the Father (1993) [Director: Jim Sheridan]

  10. Court (2014) [Director: Chaitanya Tamhane]

  11. The Social Network (2010) [Director: David Fincher]

  12. Kramer vs Kramer (1979)  [Director: Robert Benton]

  13. Paths of Glory (1957) [Director: Stanley Kubrick]

  14. Find Me Guilty (2006) [Director: Sidney Lumet]

  15. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) [Director: Miloš Forman]


  1. Nice list, Sachin. My very favorite film of this type is “Anatomy of a Murder.” Since you include “Paths of Glory,” I’m wondering if you’ve ever seen Joseph Losey’s “King and Country,” another excellent movie about a court-martial in WW I, starring Tom Courtenay as the soldier accused of desertion and Dirk Bogarde as his reluctant defense attorney.

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