Courtroom Dramas - Blu-ray Movie Genres

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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To Kill a Mockingbird 2013-01-31 1998-04-28 -

Southern comforts abound in this big-screen adaptation of Harper Lee's novel as lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role) defends an innocent black man (Brock Peters) against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend (John Megna), Finch's children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor (Robert Duvall).

a.k.a. Du silence et des ombres
Il buio oltre la siepe
Wer die Nachtigall stört
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12 Angry Men (1957)

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12 Angry Men 2011-11-22 2001-03-06 2014-07-01

Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men (including Jack Warden and Jack Klugman) must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his father. But only one juror (Henry Fonda) wants to take the time to coolly deliberate the case. Sidney Lumet (Network) made his directorial debut with this Oscar-nominated drama that illuminates all the petty impediments on the path to justice.

a.k.a. Die 12 Geschworenen
La parola ai giurati
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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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Kramer vs. Kramer 2009-02-17 2001-08-28 2014-10-01

Ted (Dustin Hoffman) is a career-driven yuppie -- until he finds out his dissatisfied wife (Meryl Streep) is leaving him and their 6-year-old son. But just as Ted begins to love being a full-time parent, his wife reappears to reclaim the boy. Poignant and beautifully acted, this cinematic tearjerker swept the 1979 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for Hoffman and Streep in addition to Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay honors.

a.k.a. Kramer contra Kramer
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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

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Anatomy of a Murder 2012-02-21 2000-07-11 -

Nominated for seven Oscars, this legal thriller profiles the attempts of country lawyer Paul Biegler (James Stewart) to exonerate Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), who's charged with a local barkeep's murder but claims the victim raped his wife (Lee Remick). Employing a temporary insanity defense, Biegler tries to outmaneuver slick celebrity prosecutor Claude Dancer (George C. Scott) but discovers there's more to the case than meets the eye.

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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The Sweet Hereafter - 1998-05-26 -

Director Atom Egoyan's haunting adaptation of Russell Banks's novel follows a grieving mountain community in the wake of a tragic school bus accident that takes the lives of numerous local children. A lawyer (Ian Holm) arrives in town to persuade the survivors to initiate a class-action lawsuit, driving apart the once tight-knit hamlet. Meanwhile, a teen crippled in the crash (Sarah Polley) must choose between mourning and moving on.

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Thurgood (2011)

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Thurgood - 2012-01-17 -

Re-creating a Tony-nominated performance, Laurence Fishburne stars in this one-man live show as renowned lawyer and civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Verdict (1982)

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The Verdict 2013-05-07 2002-06-04 2015-02-01

A washed-up, ambulance-chasing attorney gets a chance at redemption when his friend tosses him an open-and-shut medical malpractice case. But instead of accepting an easy cash settlement, he takes the powerful defendant to court.

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The Reader (2008)

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The Reader 2009-04-28 2009-04-14 -

In this haunting drama, middle-aged lawyer Michael Berg reflects on the brief but formative sexual relationship he had as a teen with an older woman in 1950s Germany -- and his feelings years later upon learning she was on trial for Nazi war crimes.

a.k.a. Der Vorleser
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Damages: Season 1 (2007) [TV]

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Damages: Season 1 2008-01-29 2008-01-22 2010-10-01

This legal drama stars Glenn Close as steely litigator Patty Hewes, head of the revered Hewes & Associates. Dedicated to their work, Patty, protégé Ellen Parsons and senior associate Tom Shayes battle CEO Arthur Frobisher in a class-action suit.

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Bleak House (2005) [TV]

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Bleak House - - 2012-01-31
Bleak House 2009-05-05 2006-09-26 2012-01-31
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The wealthy and kind John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) takes orphaned Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) into his household, where she befriends two of his wards, Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada (Carey Mulligan). Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) guards a secret about Esther's origins -- and her fate. Charles Dickens's suspenseful yarn of legal justice comes to life in this BBC miniseries penned by period-piece writer Andrew Davies.

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Breaker Morant (1980)

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Breaker Morant: Masterworks Edition 2008-01-15 - 2012-09-20

Three Australian soldiers find themselves court-martialed for murder in 1901, at the end of South Africa's bloody Boer War. With just one day to prepare a defense, attorney Maj. J.F. Thomas must prove they acted under orders.

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JFK (1991)

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JFK: Special Edition 2008-11-11 2003-11-11 2008-01-01
2012-02-29

Oliver Stone's fascinating film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- one of America's most enigmatic and mythical political figures -- is even more dramatic thanks to the extra footage included in this special edition. When Kennedy is killed while visiting Dallas, a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) takes the fall. But was he acting alone, or was he part of a larger conspiracy?

a.k.a. JFK - Un caso ancora aperto
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Philadelphia (1993)

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Philadelphia - 2004-11-02 2014-07-01

In this heartfelt drama, Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett launches a wrongful termination suit against the hand that feeds him when his law firm finds out about his HIV-positive status -- and his homosexuality -- and fires him.

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Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Scent of a Woman 2012-06-05 1998-04-28 2012-05-01
2012-11-01

Hoping to earn some extra cash during the Thanksgiving holiday, a poor prep-school student agrees to look after a blind and cantankerous retired colonel. Though the two are mismatched, their relationship grows during a string of wild escapades.

a.k.a. Der Duft der Frauen
Le Temps d'un week-end
Scent of a Woman - Profumo di donna
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In the Name of the Father (1993)

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In the Name of the Father - 1998-07-07 2011-11-01

Nominated for seven Oscars in 1993, this biopic features the dramatic prowess of Daniel Day-Lewis as the Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people. As if a forced confession weren't enough injustice, the police work to implicate Conlon's father (Pete Postlethwaite) in the same crime. Emma Thompson plays the lawyer who worked for years to uncover the truth.

a.k.a. Im Namen des Vaters
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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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The Devil's Advocate 2012-09-18 1998-12-01 -

Young attorney Kevin Lomax is thrilled when he's recruited by charismatic lawyer John Milton to his high-powered Manhattan firm -- until strange things begin to happen and Milton's behavior gradually reveals a sinister intent.

a.k.a. Im Auftrag des Teufels
L'Associé du Diable
L'avvocato del diavolo
Pactar con el diablo
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A Passage to India (1984)

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A Passage to India 2008-04-15 2001-03-20 -

Adventurous young Englishwoman Adela Quested journeys to colonial India with open-minded Mrs. Moore. When the women accompany a "native" named Dr. Aziz on a tour of the Marabar Caves, the excursion turns ugly as Adela ends up accusing Aziz of rape.

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A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Few Good Men 2007-09-18 1997-10-07 -

When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, their investigation uncovers a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials.

a.k.a. Codice d'onore
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Erin Brockovich (2000)

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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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The People vs. Larry Flynt - 1997-12-09 -

Notorious pornographer Larry Flynt carries his free-speech campaign from lowly strip clubs to the U.S. Supreme Court in this Oscar-nominated biopic, which blends details of the publisher's legal battles with scenes from his personal life.

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Primal Fear (1996)

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Primal Fear 2009-03-10 1998-10-20 2012-01-01
2013-01-01

When a blood-spattered altar boy is found running from a murder scene, his conviction seems certain. But when an arrogant defense attorney steps in, the issue of the boy's possible guilt may be less important than winning the case.

a.k.a. Terreur extrême
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An American Crime (2007)

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An American Crime - 2008-08-19 2013-01-31

Based on an appalling true story, this drama follows the grim fate of Sylvia Likens, a teenager who is left to live with Gertrude Baniszewski, a mentally unbalanced Indiana housewife who imprisons and tortures the girl in the basement.

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Runaway Jury (2003)

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Runaway Jury 2013-05-30 2004-02-17 -

In this drama based on John Grisham's best-selling novel, Nick Easter (John Cusack) gets himself on the jury of a landmark case against a gun manufacturer and, as the foreman, tries to influence the other jury members to vote a certain way. Meanwhile, Easter's girlfriend, Marlee (Rachel Weisz), tries to swindle the attorneys (Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman) to pay millions of dollars to have the jury return a verdict friendly to their clients.

a.k.a. Das Urteil - Jeder ist käuflich
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The Trial (1962)

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The Trial - 2006-02-07 2013-02-01

A Soldier's Story (1984)

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A Soldier's Story - 1999-08-31 2009-03-01
2012-03-01

Racial tensions flare in this gripping drama set in Louisiana at the end of World War II. When Army attorney Capt. Davenport (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) is sent to Fort Neal to investigate the murder of a black sergeant, he faces a mystery much more complex than he'd imagined. Also starring Adolph Caesar and directed by Norman Jewison from Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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