The film is based on the 1969 trial of seven defendants who participated in the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago. The seven defendants were all known anti-war protesters accused of inciting riots before and during the Democratic National Convention. The judge clearly showed a bias against the prosecution and was angered by the escapades that the defendants, particularly Abbie Hoffman, brought to the trial. It`s a remarkable look at the street demonstrations protesting and agitating against the government. Edward Norton won a Golden Globe as an altar boy accused of murdering a priest and brought Richard Gere to justice against Laura Linney. Fun fact: This film is based on Jonathan Harr`s bestseller, which shed light on this corporate misconduct and how the experience affected his life. Defense attorney Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) delivers one of the film`s most memorable speeches near the end of And Justice for All. Even if you`ve never seen the movie before, you`ve probably seen a parody of Kirkland walking through the courtroom shouting, “You`re out of order! They are inadmissible! to the judge, the prosecutor and almost everyone in town. His collapse comes after Kirkland sees one innocent client after another being devoured by corruption, only to defend a man he knows guilty – a judge accused of rape – who is sure to be acquitted.
The explosive scene with Kirkland`s opening statement and the film itself is a powerful indictment of a legal system that places its ruthless competition above its purported pursuit of justice. This is one of the first surviving legal dramas, and curiously, it shows that cinema as technology has been associated with ideas of truth and reality since its beginnings. A scientist shows his movie camera to friends in his lab. They will leave, but when you go back into the room, the scientist is dead. The woman who found him is caught by the police, but she insists she is innocent. Who killed him? The answer lies in the camera, which has its main moment in the climax scene of the courtroom, when we watch the assembled masses watch the evidence. It only lasts three minutes and while it`s not on any of the streamers, you can dig it up if you sniff something around you. There`s also an appearance by directing pioneer DW Griffith (hats off to Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks after founding United Artists) who made the very yikes-y Birth of a Nation.
Inherit the Wind is based on an actual trial in which a teacher was tried for teaching evolution in the classroom instead of creationism, which is against Tennessee state law. From the lesser-known stable of comedy-drama (of which we can`t imagine many more participants), this extremely sympathetic and often very funny film has a plot straight out of a brainstorming meeting; What if two New York students traveling through rural Alabama were charged with a murder they didn`t commit, but could only afford to hire their unconventional cousin to defend them, who had just passed his bar exam? It could have been simply wasted and thrown in the trash, but we should be thankful that it happened. Joe Pesci is excellent in the role of Vinny of the title while cheerfulness follows, with special props for Marisa Tomei in an Oscar-winning supporting role as girlfriend and confidante. Loosely based on the real-life case of Cheryl Araujo in New Bedford, Massachusetts, The Accused plays Jodie Foster Sarah Tobias — a victim of a brutal gang rape in a bar where her attackers were cheered by bystanders — and the ensuing trial in which her drunkenness, “provocative” behavior and clothing were challenged in court. Notably, as one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to focus solely on rape, Foster`s performance in The Accused earned the actress her first-ever Best Actress Oscar. Other age-old legal arguments that appear in My Cousin Vinny include the definition of “yutes,” correct ignition times in automobiles, and the science of cooking groats. These and other brilliantly comical moments appear in the courtroom when rookie lawyer Vinny Gambini (Joe Pesci) and his fiancée Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) rush from New York to a small Alabama town to defend his cousin and friend accused of murdering a store clerk. Vinny is still green and has made three attempts to pass the bar and angers Judge Haller (Fred Gwyne) on his first day in court to the point that the lawyer is thrown in jail for contempt.
More than anything, My Cousin Vinny is a lighthearted and hilarious look at the cultural war between the urban north and the rural south. When young New Yorker Billy and his friend Stan are wrongly accused of murdering a supermarket employee in a small Alabama town, Vincent LaGuardia, a relative of Billy, “Vinny” Gambini — an inexperienced Brooklyn lawyer who only passed the bar exam after his sixth attempt — arrives to defend the couple in British director Jonathan Lynn`s 1992 comedy. My cousin Vinny. Although it may be a comedy, My Cousin Vinny was praised by several lawyers for its accurate depiction of the trials, and Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Vinny`s girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vita. One could argue that 12 Angry Men is not a courtroom drama, but a jury drama. Every minute except three of the film plays in the jury room with – as the title promises – 12 angry men arguing over the fate of an 18-year-old accused of murdering his father. First of all, it`s an open and closed case for everyone except the juror, played by Henry Fonda. But as the volume grows and arguments unfold, Fonda`s fellow judges are individually convinced that things are not as clear as they initially seemed. While it`s the longest-running film on this list, ironically, it could be said to be the most relevant given that it gives us a narrow part of a demographic that is forced to stop, step back, and find a way to see things in a different light. Ranked among the 100 years of the American Film Institute. 100 Movies, a compilation of the greatest American films of all time, 12 Angry Men – based on the TV play of the same name by American writer Reginald Rose – is now considered a classic of cinema. The film takes a captivating look at the jury`s deliberation process, starring Henry Fonda — who co-produced and co-financed Angry Men alongside Sidney Lumet-directed Rose 12 — as Judge 8, a “not guilty” dissident voter who tries to convince fellow judges that the case they preside over may not be so clear.
The seven-season TV series has a lot of good moments, considering there are over 150 episodes. When Alicia is in court, she usually nails it and gets all the attention of the public. Let Him Have It was based on the real-life case of British teenager Derek Bentley, a mentally disabled petty criminal who was hanged as an accomplice to the murder of a police officer, while his young partner and the person who actually committed the murder spent only ten years in prison. The ninth Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, plays the accused in his first film role. The film`s real-life protagonist, a damning indictment of the death penalty, was hanged just 12 years before the death penalty was abolished in the UK and was fully pardoned posthumously in 1998. Not only is Philadelphia one of the best legal dramas to be adapted into a film, but it`s certainly one of the most important popular films about AIDS and the terrible stigma its victims suffered in the `80s and `90s.