Discussion – Courtroom Dramas

Posted: July 10, 2010
The Verdict (1982)

The Verdict (1982)

PRESUMED INNOCENT is a great courtroom thriller.  What is your favorite courtroom drama?

There are so many to choose from: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, TWELVE ANGRY MEN…Gabler’s own personal favorite is Sidney Lumet’s THE VERDICT.

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  • Jo

    I agree THE VERDICT is a superb courtroom drama and I’d hold them in a tie to BREAKER MORANT and MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.

  • Steve

    My favorite courtroom movie is “Inherit the Wind” (1960), about ther Scopes Monkey Trial. Excellent drama and suspense by attorneys (Spencer Tracy -defense, Fredric March – prosecution), judge (Henry Morgan), defendant (Dick York), and columnist (Gene Kelly). That it is based on fact and is a story I learned of in school, one that made immense headlines, adds to the tension.

  • Nikki

    Jo listed a film that’s not often seen on TV, BREAKER MORANT. Maybe Reel 13 could air it.

  • Jerry

    Anyone recall a peculiar little courtroom denouement in the David Lean film “Madeleine?” It was based on a true story of a case in Scotland.

  • Jean

    The Accused is a great courtroom drama, and Jody Foster is amazing.

  • rayban

    A really excellent courtroom drama – although it is technically a court-martial – is John Ford’s genuinely riveting “Sergeant Rutledge”. Jeffrey Hunter defends a black soldier, Woody Strode, on the charges that he raped and killed a very young white woman.

  • Susie

    I really liked Witness for the Prosecution with Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich

  • Susie

    how about these great black and white movies — Gregory Peck/ To Kill a Mockingbird, Jimmy Stewart/ in Anatomy of a Murder — Bogart/The Caine Mutiny & Twelve Angry Men/Fonda. Can anyone think of a courtroom comedy worthy of note?