Courtroom dramas offer a mixture of emotions to the viewer. Tension, excitement, anger, disbelief and shock are just a few of them. The greatest courtroom dramas of all time gave actors and actresses the chance to really show off their acting skills, as storyline, plot and character development are key components.

Top 5 Courtroom Dramas

Courtrooms in movies are often much more extreme than in real life. Things can get ugly or funny but they are always beyond dramatic. Here is a selection of some of the best.

12 Angry Men (1957)

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An outstanding story-driven movie that sees Henry Fonda as the juror who is convinced his verdict is the right one. Directed by Sidney Lumet.

A Few Good Men (1992)

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A decent movie elevated by an incredible central performance by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, USMC.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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A film that has sometimes been classed as the best movie ever. Gregory Peck's powerful performance as the fair lawyer, Atticus Finch, won him an Oscar.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep face some extreme character assassinations as they fight for custody of their young son.
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