Most Popular Public Defender Movies and TV Shows
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1. Fracture (2007)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An attorney intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.
Votes: 174,032 | Gross: $39.02M
5. Conviction (II) (2010)
R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Votes: 40,377 | Gross: $6.78M
6. Devil's Knot (2013)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual.
12. Low Down (2014)
R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.
Votes: 1,756 | Gross: $0.04M
16. Physical Evidence (1989)
R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance
A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.
Votes: 1,483 | Gross: $3.56M
17. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
R | 104 min | Drama
In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Votes: 9,236 | Gross: $3.29M
18. The Trial (2010)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery
After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small-town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,261 | Gross: $0.02M
19. The Hammer (2007)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,769 | Gross: $0.44M
21. Family of Cops (1995 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A police detective's oversexed daughter is charged with murder when someone kills the wealthy married man she slept with.
22. Dark Alibi (1946)
Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.
23. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime
Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.
24. The Big Hangover (1950)
Approved | 82 min | Comedy
A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but hides from them a secret about a problem he has--he is so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light.
25. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)
91 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.
26. Sweet Revenge (1976)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A young woman with a long rap sheet who steals cars for a living is befriended by a public defender who tries to steer her straight. But her goal is to steal and subsequently sell enough ... See full summary »
27. Ultimate Desires (1991)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Samantha Stewart is a successful public defender whose life gets turned upside-down one night when a prostitute named Vicki gets thrown out of a limo at Samantha's feet. Vicki slips a ... See full summary »
28. The Town Went Wild (1944)
Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance
Feuding fathers deal with the shocking news that their sons were switched at birth, meaning that one of their daughters is about to marry her own brother.
29. I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
143 min | Drama
A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent.
30. The Great O'Malley (1937)
Approved | 71 min | Drama
A by-the-book patrolman who cares more about the letter of the law than justice feels guilty when his inflexibility sends a family man to prison.
31. Gideon's Army (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary
Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.
Director: Dawn Porter
34. Better Living (1998)
95 min | Comedy
Three grown daughters try to find their own personal ways to deal with their dysfunctional parents. The mother is an unorthodox woman with out-of-the-ordinary ideas, including one where she... See full summary »
Votes: 101 | Gross: $0.00M
36. Gang Bullets (1938)
Approved | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A ruthless but clever gangster who knows every loophole in the law has the tables turned by a dedicated District Attorney and his assistant.
37. Redheads (1994)
R | 107 min | Thriller
A prominent lawyer has an affair with a girl from juvie who wants a way out. She's taping their tryst when someone enters and kills the lawyer. Now he's after her and the tape. Her only chance is a stand up female public defender.
38. The Defender (2018)
88 min | Drama
The Defender takes the law as his topic. It really presents is 'systematic dysfunction under allowance for human nature.' As a creator, I must truthfully accept that I have no answer for ... See full summary »
116 min | Documentary
Three Years of Trench Warfare in the Jails, Holding Cells and Courts of San Francisco As Public Defenders Seek Justice for Their Clients Go behind the scenes and enter the inner sanctum of ... See full summary »
40. Defending Gideon (2013)
30 min | Documentary, Short
Fifty years ago, Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking into a pool hall. He could not afford a lawyer to defend him in court, and after a hasty trial, he was convicted. Had Gideon ... See full summary »
Shameless (2011– )
A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin
TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama
In the aftermath of Fiona's release from jail and Frank's illness guardianship of the Gallagher clan falls squarely on Lip - who gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda, his roommate's girlfriend.
Better Call Saul (2015– )
Alpine Shepherd Boy
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama
After a strange encounter with the police, Chuck ends up in the hospital. Jimmy meets up with a series of unruly clients.
Chicago Fire (2012– )
TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Drama
Brett and Foster question the suspicious circumstances surrounding an attack at a juvenile detention center; new technology at Firehouse 51 tests everybody's patience; Kidd is chosen to represent the district at a leadership conference.
Public Defender (1954– )
30 min | Crime, Drama
An upcoming prizefighter wants to turn himself into Matthews for parole violation but the threats of small time hoodlums and the actions of a clueless police officer cause things to go wrong.
1000 Ways to Die (2008–2012)
Death Over Easy
TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
1000 Ways to Die looks at the following cases: "#316 Butt F***ed" a hospital patient suffering from burns accidentally sets his bandages on fire when having a cigarette, "#818 Frightmare" a... See full summary »
TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama
The aftermath of Liam's accident lands Fiona in county jail - unsure of Liam's condition or her future. Meanwhile, after almost being killed by the sweat lodge, Frank gets some sobering news about his declining health.