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(Examiner)   The 10 greatest courtroom thrillers. All on one page and irredeemably flawed by the exclusion of 'My Cousin Vinnie"   (examiner.com) divider line 67
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2013-12-09 10:59:42 AM
Your honor, may I have permission to treat subby as a hostile witness?
 
2013-12-09 11:01:22 AM
What is a "yute"?

/Seriously, though, "My Cousin Vinnie" is my favorite courtroom movie.
 
2013-12-09 11:01:28 AM
No "Ghostbusters II"?

I want my money back!
 
2013-12-09 11:01:34 AM
 
2013-12-09 11:02:44 AM
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2013-12-09 11:03:32 AM
I will always stop and watch 'A Time to Kill' and 'A Few Good Men' if they are on.
 
2013-12-09 11:04:26 AM
My Cousin Vinnie is more of a courtroom comedy, I think.
 
2013-12-09 11:08:38 AM
List fails without:

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/yeah yeah, book better yada yada yada
//still pretty sweet
 
2013-12-09 11:08:47 AM
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Objects to not being included on the list.
 
2013-12-09 11:09:13 AM
Not a bad list, but yeah, "A Time to Kill" should probably be on there.

Also, what's the point of having a "ten best" list if you arranging them "in no particular order." You're already establishing a rating by selecting these titles to begin with. Not ranking them just seems like cowardice.
 
2013-12-09 11:10:42 AM
I always appreciated "My Cousin Vinnie" because there wasn't some cover-up, conspiracy shenanigans, or political wackiness going on in the background.
 
2013-12-09 11:11:53 AM
The courtroom scene in The Boondock Saints was pretty good, but for other reasons.

Too bad the sequel was so bad that it's hard to discuss how great the first one is now.
 
2013-12-09 11:12:44 AM
Um subby, there are 12 Angry Men looking to berate you.
 
2013-12-09 11:16:35 AM
Whar Runaway Jury? Whar?
 
2013-12-09 11:17:18 AM
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2013-12-09 11:17:55 AM

I_C_Weener: Um subby, there are 12 Angry Men looking to berate you.


Is there a courtroom scene in that?
 
2013-12-09 11:27:01 AM

Gunny Highway: I_C_Weener: Um subby, there are 12 Angry Men looking to berate you.

Is there a courtroom scene in that?


At the beginning, when the jury is given instructions.

On a side note, My Cousin Vinnie is one of the more accurate courtroom movies out there.
 
2013-12-09 11:29:21 AM
The Verdict earned Paul Newman an Oscar. Come on people!

12 Angry Men is also missing.
 
2013-12-09 11:29:32 AM
From a procedural standpoint, My Cousin Vinnie trumps the others on this list.
 
2013-12-09 11:31:55 AM
It's Vinny, with a Y.
 
2013-12-09 11:32:57 AM
I expected Presumed Innocent or Jagged Edge on there.  Though not purely courtroom thrillers, significant parts did take part in the courtroom.
 
2013-12-09 11:54:14 AM
Paul Newman is mortified by his exclusion from this list.

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2013-12-09 11:54:59 AM

gonzojohn: The Verdict earned Paul Newman an Oscar. Come on people!


Negative.
 
2013-12-09 11:57:52 AM

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I always appreciated "My Cousin Vinnie" because


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2013-12-09 12:02:06 PM
I would not consider 12 Angry Men for a list about courtroom scenes, mainly for the lack of courtroom scenes in the film.
 
2013-12-09 12:11:35 PM
Motion for a martini, your honor!

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2013-12-09 12:14:20 PM
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2013-12-09 12:29:05 PM

I_C_Weener: Um subby, there are 12 Angry Men looking to berate you.


gonzojohn: The Verdict earned Paul Newman an Oscar. Come on people!

12 Angry Men is also missing.


WTF? Are people not even reading TFA when it's a list?

"Although there have been numerous movies that have involved a courtroom scene, this list highlights films where a significant portion of it is situated inside of a courtroom - "The Lady from Shanghai," "The Caine Mutiny" and "12 Angry Men" cannot be included. "
 
2013-12-09 12:29:43 PM
Does nobody remember "The Life of David Gale"?  What an amazing movie.  I need to watch it again.

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2013-12-09 12:59:11 PM
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I don't know if this is on the list, but if it isn't, the list isn't worth the pixels used to show it.
 
2013-12-09 01:02:34 PM
What about True Believer?
 
2013-12-09 01:13:59 PM
Witness for the Prosecution is a fascinating movie.

It's been a while since I've last seen it, but doesn't a big chunk of Primal Fear take place in the courtoom?If so, that should most definitely be on here!
 
2013-12-09 01:16:10 PM
Anatomy Of A Murder is well worth the time. See it.
 
2013-12-09 01:38:35 PM
Excluding The Verdict, for whatever BS arbitrary reason the author suggests, is idiocy. Hell, Newman's summation to the jury alone should have placed it on the docket. The brilliance of both attorneys battling each other, the scummy-ness of the judge, the great surprise witness...come on. Plus, while it spends limited time in the courtroom, The Rainmaker's courtroom scenes are also great, especially when that d-bag Roy Scheider's character shows up.

/"But....today, YOU are the law...not some status, not some book...or the trappings of the court"
//LOVE that speech!
 
2013-12-09 01:39:10 PM
"not some statue..."

/damn typo
 
2013-12-09 01:41:49 PM
Came here for Speckled Jim, leaving satis-- actually rather chuffed, I must say.


/also glad to see a thread with 0% Neil Peart references.
 
2013-12-09 02:52:59 PM
Another nominee - Murder in the First
 
2013-12-09 02:54:05 PM
No ...And Justice for All?
~~You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order! That man, that sick, crazy, depraved man, raped and beat that woman there, and he'd like to do it again! He *told* me so! It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make A Deal"! "Let's Make A Deal"! Hey Frank, you wanna "Make A Deal"? I got an insane judge who likes to beat the shiat out of women! Whaddya wanna gimme Frank, 3 weeks probation?
 
2013-12-09 02:57:24 PM

Vodnik: What about True Believer?


Agree!
 
2013-12-09 03:42:53 PM
I enjoyed the following:

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Had some courtroom scenes. Started as a comedy, but ended up as a bit of courtroom thriller, especially with John Hurt's character.

"Plaaay...ball!"
 
2013-12-09 05:07:58 PM
No "Ernest Goes To Jail"?!?

The instant he bit the pen in half in his mouth was the finest moment in American cinematic history.
 
2013-12-09 05:20:03 PM
Inherit the Wind is an amazing play/film.  Based off the Scopes-Monkey Trail.  Totally recommend.
 
2013-12-09 05:25:19 PM
I don't know if it qualifies, but Nuts with Barbra Streisand was very nicely done and better than you might expect.
 
2013-12-09 05:42:02 PM

bill4935: /also glad to see a thread with 4.55% Neil Peart references.


FTFY

/ As of this post
 
2013-12-09 06:23:34 PM
The closing arguments in "A Time to Kill" still wrenches my guts.
 
2013-12-09 06:37:30 PM

I_C_Weener: Um subby, there are 12 Angry Men looking to berate you.


👆THIS!! I mean, granted, it's more of a jury room thriller than a courtroom thriller, but the point stands.
 
2013-12-09 07:11:40 PM
It's amazing how Law and Order completely destroyed this film genre. Oh, Hollywood, you just put out a courtroom drama this past year? How precious. Here, have TWENTY.
 
2013-12-09 07:19:09 PM

Phil Clinton: List fails without:

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/yeah yeah, book better yada yada yada
//still pretty sweet


I think it wasn't included because it's kind of a retread of To Kill A Mockingbird. Down to the title.

But I LOVE that movie. It was when I discovered what FILM meant. Before that I watched movies and sure, I got some of the themes and enjoyed them. But AToK was when I started to really understand movies. Stuff like subtext and meaning. I was 15 at the time and I watched it again and again. Also loved how deep the cast was!

Matthew McConaguiewhatever!
Sandra Bullock!
Sam Jackson!
Kevin Spacey!
Oliver Platt!
Donald Sutherland!
Kiefer Sutherland!
Ashley Judd!
Pat McGoohan!
Chris Cooper!
M. Emmett Walsh!
And to round it off, Clarence Bodicker / Red Forman as a deranged KKK Dragon who's burned alive by a mob!

Jesus, that movie was awesome!!!
 
2013-12-09 07:27:30 PM

Shadowknight: The closing arguments in "A Time to Kill" still wrenches my guts.


It IS pretty awful, isn't it? Sam Jackson is guilty as hell and admits - IN court - that he's unrepentant. Then Matthew McShirtoff spins a sob story that amounts to "vigilante murders are okay because racism" and the jury gobbles it up. Never mind that vigilante killings for alleged sexual crimes was the whole gorram tradition that lynching blacks in the South was founded upon.

That movie is fun right up until it tries to trick you into thinking a grave miscarriage of justice is the right response to racism.
 
2013-12-09 07:54:11 PM

lamecomedian: Shadowknight: The closing arguments in "A Time to Kill" still wrenches my guts.

It IS pretty awful, isn't it? Sam Jackson is guilty as hell and admits - IN court - that he's unrepentant. Then Matthew McShirtoff spins a sob story that amounts to "vigilante murders are okay because racism" and the jury gobbles it up. Never mind that vigilante killings for alleged sexual crimes was the whole gorram tradition that lynching blacks in the South was founded upon.

That movie is fun right up until it tries to trick you into thinking a grave miscarriage of justice is the right response to racism.


I only ever saw the movie once and didn't really care for it.  12 Angry Men is one of the best trial movies I've ever seen.  it should have been on the list.
 
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