Over the years there has been some great courtroom scenes in movies such as “A Few Good Men”, “12 Angry Men”, and “A Time To Kill”. For example, in “A Few Good Men”, Tom Cruise (Lt. Daniel Kaffee) defends 2 U.S. Marines in a military courtroom. The 2 Marines are charged with the murder of a fellow Marine. The murder takes place in Cuba at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Lt. Daniel Kaffee takes a risk at the end of the movie and calls the commanding officer of Guantanamo to the witness stand. He does this in an attempt to uncover a conspiracy that the commander is not only aware of but is in charge of. Lt. Daniel Kaffee believes that the conspiracy is what led to the death of the Marine. Jack Nicholson plays the commander and Demi Moore plays a legal assistant.
“12 Angry Men” is a movie from 1957 that takes place in a courtroom and in an adjoining room where the 12 member jury deliberates. This movie is loaded with stars from that era including Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, and Lee J Cobb. Though it is an older movie it provides and excellent explanation an examination of the U.S. jury system.
A “Time To Kill” is a drama thriller that features M. McConaughey, S. Bullock, K. Sutherland, K. Spacey, D. Sutherland, A. Judd, and Samuel L Jackson. Samuel Jackson plays a brokenhearted father who is out to avenge the brutal rape of his young daughter. This movie takes place in a small segregated southern town that has a history of racial violence.
The above are just a few of the excellent movies that contain courtroom and legal drama but there are many others such as Erin Brockovich, The Rainmaker, Runaway Jury, and A Civil Action.