My top 5 favorite courtroom dramas by some of the greatest actors in some of their best performances.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird(1962).
The film tells the story of a Alabama lawyer, Atticus Finch, defending a back man of the assault of a young white woman. One of Gregory Peck's best performances. Robert Duvall makes his film debut in a non-speaking role of Boo Radley. You will never forget the bigotry and hate that makes the film more compelling.
2. 12 Angry Men(1957).
What appears to be an open-and-shut case of a young Puerto Rican man accused of murdering his father. One juror sees things differently, played brilliantly by Henry Fonda, who is not comfortable making a decision without even debating his case, much to the frustration of the other jurors. Sidney Lumet, directs an all-star cast in this courtroom classic movie..
3. Witness for the Prosecution(1957).
A classic of courtroom suspense, this film keeps the viewer guessing right up to the very surprising end . Tyrone Power plays the prime suspect, in his final film, and Charles Laughton, who plays his defense attorney grabs the spotlight, with his performance, bringing a few smiles, to this serious film.. Based on the Agatha Christie novel.
4. Anatomy of a Murder(1959).
Jimmy Stewart plays a cleaver small-town attorney defending an army lieutenant who shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife. Stewart gives a wonderful performance in this courtroom drama that maybe overlooked.
5. I Want To Live!(1958).
Susan Hayward plays a convicted prostitute who finds herself framed for murder and facing the death penalty. The film is based on the true story of Barbara Graham and journalist Ed Montgomery, who helped convict her then tries to save her. Susan Hayward, totally deserved the best actress Oscar she won for her role in the film..