The Toptober Tens #7 – Courtroom Films

For this month’s next Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Coutroom films.

Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part of what I would like to do is open conversation and dialogue between us all over the choices in these lists

Off we go….

10. Primal Fear (1996)

9.  Philadelphia (1993)

8. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

7. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

6. Judgement At Nuremberg (1962)

5. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

4. Witness For the Prosecution (1957)

3. Inherit the Wind (1960)

2. A Few Good Men (1992) 

  1. 12 Angry Men (1957)


What do you think?

20 thoughts on “The Toptober Tens #7 – Courtroom Films

    • the books of rj and attk are better than the films. kvk is quite difficult for me to watch bc it hits too close to home for me. the court scenes are minimal, so i didnt include it here


      • Agree with you on Kramer that if would be a bit of a stretch to have it qualify as a “courtroom” movie. And I think it hits close to home for many – myself included.

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          • Beautifully written by Robert Benton. It takes great care to balance its perspectives on the divorce from the POVs of the husband/father, the wife/mother, the child, the friends, even the attorneys. It never really paints anyone as a “bad guy”. It’s as even handed as possible under the circumstances. That’s what I think, makes it so effective. I’ve seen it 10X and it gets to me every time. A heart breaker. And Justin Henry as the little boy is a wonder.


  1. Wow Rob!! Spectacular list. I like every one on it. My Cousin Vinny is an inspired choice. I love that movie.Other then juggling the order a bit – I would drop Primal Fear (which I did like – mostly for the performance of Edward Norton) but you are completely missing 1 gem. And unless you’ve never seen it – it’s a crime if THE VERDICT is not on your list in the Top 3.

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  2. I would rewatch it. It’s excellent. Script by David Mamet. Directed by Sidney Lumet. One of Newman’s best (also Jack Warden…) It was originally offered to Redford – who turned it down – he was always more concerned with the role he would play and not how well it was written. He thought the lawyer in Verdict was way to dark for him and recommended they “Give it to Paul”.

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    • Agree with Dell – to have anything ranked atop To Kill A Mockingbird (probably in a whole lot of categories) is indeed – criminal. Yes on Caine Mutiny as well. And I’d forgotten about The Accused. Also a great choice.

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