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1. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
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70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he disappoints his son for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 263,450 | Gross: $181.41M

2. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 255,998 | Gross: $73.34M

3. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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68 Metascore

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 98,009 | Gross: $52.93M

4. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 167,057 | Gross: $56.12M

5. Marshall (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 15,304 | Gross: $10.05M

6. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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58 Metascore

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt

Votes: 24,571 | Gross: $11.96M

7. Perfect (1985)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

4.5
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46 Metascore

A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ramey Ellis, Alma Beltran

Votes: 4,253 | Gross: $12.92M

8. ...and justice for all. (1979)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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58 Metascore

A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

Votes: 27,969

9. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 83,225 | Gross: $20.19M

10. Lenny (1974)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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61 Metascore

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck

Votes: 13,296

11. The Life of David Gale (2003)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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31 Metascore

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

Votes: 102,616 | Gross: $19.59M

12. The Comedian (2016)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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40 Metascore

A look at the life of an aging insult comic named Jack Burke.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco

Votes: 6,064 | Gross: $1.66M

13. Vigilante (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda

Votes: 2,447

14. Liberty Heights (1999)

R | 127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Ben Foster

Votes: 6,170 | Gross: $3.73M

15. Fury (1936)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 10,375

16. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Drama

7.3
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In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy

Votes: 7,491

17. Violette (1978)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet, Jean-François Garreaud

Votes: 1,964

18. Santa Fe Stampede (1938)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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The Mesquiteers capture a horse thief who escapes justice through a crooked judge. They gather signatures urging the governor to investigate but a friend with the petition is murdered. Stony is accused.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, June Martel

Votes: 300

19. Kay Dyache Bola (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy

7.1
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Harshvardhan Ghodke (Akshay Pendse) and Abhijit Vaidya (Umesh Kamat), are engineering students, who lie to their parents and land up in Bombay to have fun for a couple of days. ... See full summary »

Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni | Stars: Makarand Anaspure, Akshay Pendse, Mohan Agashe, Sharvari Jamenis

Votes: 185

20. 100 Years (2016)

76 min | Documentary

8.4
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"100 Years" is the David vs. Goliath story of Elouise Cobell, a petite, Native American Warrior who filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the United States Government ... See full summary »

Director: Melinda Janko

Votes: 35

21. The Vanishing Virginian (1942)

Passed | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Biography of Robert Yancey, long-term district attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Frank Morgan, Kathryn Grayson, Spring Byington, Natalie Thompson

Votes: 221

22. Age of Indiscretion (1935)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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A book publisher finds his business floundering, which prompts his socially ambitious wife to desert him for a society millionaire, leaving him with their young son. The publisher's ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Paul Lukas, Madge Evans, Helen Vinson, May Robson

Votes: 116

23. Book of Days (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Drama

4.9
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A grief-struck life insurance salesman rails at God for not stepping in to save his bride; but the tables are turned when a mysterious book is delivered to him, an ancient volume listing names and death dates, dates which are yet to occur.

Director: Harry Ambrose | Stars: Wil Wheaton, Maureen Flannigan, Deborah Raffin, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 263

24. Bulldog Edition (1936)

Approved | 57 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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Two rival newspapers are engaged in a circulation battle, complicated by the fact that a vicious gangster inserts himself into the middle of it. Also complicating matters is that one ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Ray Walker, Evalyn Knapp, Regis Toomey, Cy Kendall

Votes: 57

25. Blondes at Work (1938)

Approved | 63 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Steve promises his captain not to favor Torchy with stories over other papers but becomes frustrated as to how she continues to scoop her rivals.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Rosella Towne

Votes: 313

26. The Iron Major (1943)

Approved | 85 min | Biography, Drama

5.6
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Coach Frank Cavanaugh returns to college football after World War I, then gradually goes blind.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Warrick, Leon Ames

Votes: 181

27. Just Off Broadway (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Phil Silvers, Janis Carter

Votes: 164

28. Special Investigator (1936)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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Criminal lawyer Bill Fenwick goes undercover in Nevada to catch gold thieves when the gang kills his brother.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Richard Dix, Margaret Callahan, Erik Rhodes, Owen Davis Jr.

Votes: 111

29. So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) pleads "not guilty" to a traffic violation but is convicted anyway. Handling this setback in his usual manner, the two-dollar fine quickly pyramids to a 10-year jail sentence.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Douglas Fowley, Don C. Harvey

Votes: 330

30. The Spellbinder (1939)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Lee Tracy, Barbara Read, Patric Knowles, Allan Lane

Votes: 67

31. The Cyclone Kid (1942)

Passed | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

2.8
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Big Jim Johnson is a cattleman who wants to run all the settler's off the land. He has a number of hired guns including Johnny Dawson. Doctor Bill Dawson comes to town and wants to see the ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Lynn Merrick, John James, Alex Callam

Votes: 13

32. Midnight Court (1937)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Ann Dvorak, John Litel, Carlyle Moore Jr., Joseph Crehan

Votes: 102

33. Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree (2012)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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A documentary chronicling liberty activist Derrick J Freeman's exciting first year of activism in The Shire.

Director: Derrick J. Freeman | Stars: Kate Ager, Rich Angell, Ed Burke, Jed Butterfield

Votes: 59

34. Muh FBI Investigation (2018 Video)

19 min | Short, News

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35. The Good Doctor (2017– )
Episode: 36 Hours (2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama

8.4
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Glassman is recovering from a surgery; Tensions rise in Dr. Melendez's OR; Shaun and Morgan need to get through a surprise 36 hour shift at the ER.

Director: Larry Teng | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 655

36. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
Episode: A Hair of the Dog (1982)

TV-14 | 49 min | Drama

7.5
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Belker goes undercover at a pawn shop after getting tip from Eddie Gregg, who wants to be a snitch. LaRue and Washington have difficulty get an autopsy from an overworked coroner. Chief ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

Votes: 47

37. The Practice (1997–2004)
Episode: Another Day (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Joey Herric returns, having killed yet another lover by stabbing him in the chest. Hellen takes on the case, determined to finally get Joey, and Bobby tries to suppress his previous crime ... See full summary »

Director: Arvin Brown | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, LisaGay Hamilton, Steve Harris

Votes: 45

38. L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Episode: Auld L'Anxiety (1987)

TV-PG | 48 min | Drama

6.8
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Brackman agonizes when his half-brother, Erroll, catches him making out with his bailiff, Rhonda, in which he blackmails Brackman for use of his office at the firm. Meanwhile, McKenzie is ... See full summary »

Director: Nell Cox | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

Votes: 13

39. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )
Episode: Because You Left (2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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After another arrest, Midge finds herself in legal trouble, forcing her to rely on Susie's street smarts. Abe approaches Moishe with an interesting proposition. Lenny Bruce offers some unconventional inspiration for Midge's act.

Director: Daniel Palladino | Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

Votes: 1,375

40. The Mentalist (2008–2015)
Episode: Blood Money (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Patrick's reckless behavior catches up with him when his actions get a case against a hitman thrown out of court and Lisbon on suspension. But when the hitman is shot and killed, he has a shot at redemption.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 814

41. The Practice (1997–2004)
Episode: Brothers' Keepers (2000)

TV-PG | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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In an extremely controversial trial, Helen prosecutes a Pakistani man who sent his adulterous wife to Pakistan to be murdered by his brother in an honor killing. Eugene once again comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Arvin Brown | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, LisaGay Hamilton, Steve Harris

Votes: 32

42. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: By Perjury (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Cutter finds himself pitted against a lawyer whose manipulation of the legal system keeps letting him get away with murder, and Lupo's mistake risks the current case and Cutter's life.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

Votes: 150

43. The Practice (1997–2004)
Episode: Choirboys (2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Lesley Ann Warren plays the protective mother of her only son, an accused killer for whom she provides an alibi. Also, a disturbed former client of Lindsey's makes a kind of confession.

Director: Duane Clark | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Kelli Williams

Votes: 28

44. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)
Episode: Consumed (2004)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A cop is accused of racially motivated killings, but the detectives delve a little deeper and find a complex plot of revenge.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 158

45. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Contempt (2014)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama

9.0
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Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,071

46. Proven Innocent (2019)
Episode: Cross to Bear (2019)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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When a white supremacist begs the Injustice Defense Group to help him overturn his wrongful conviction, the team clashes over whether they should take his case. Despite the team's ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Vincent Kartheiser, Nikki M. James

Votes: 103

47. The Practice (1997–2004)
Episode: Day in Court (1999)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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In a chaotic and bizarre trial, Bobby represents an old drug dealing client, who is charged with murder after stabbing a man to death seven times. With wacky Judge Swackheim presiding, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Smith | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, LisaGay Hamilton, Steve Harris

Votes: 45

48. Mob Stories (2002– )
Episode: Don of St. Leonard (2003)

Documentary, Drama

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Director: Laine Drewery | Stars: Nick Mancuso, Giampiero Daniele, Renato Pincivero, Murielle Gabrielle

49. The Good Wife (2009–2016)
Episode: Double Jeopardy (2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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While a viral video damages Peter's campaign, Cary exploits a legal loophole and force Alicia and Will to defend a murder suspect in military court, and Will and Diane weigh the pros and cons of taking on Lou Dobbs as a client.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips

Votes: 491

50. Picket Fences (1992–1996)
Episode: Enemy Lines (1994)

Crime, Drama, Family

7.2
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Judge Nance puts Jill in jail to make a point. Littleton asks Maxine out on a date which causes her to reexamine her views on interracial dating. Kimberly's attempt at starting an interracial friendship with Aisha turns into a fight.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly

Votes: 21



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