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So I'm watching A Few Good Men - that court room is scene is probably one of my favorite movie scenes ever. Though not my all time favorite court room scene, which goes to And Justice For All.

We're trying to think of other good court room scenes. So, yea, help us out.

Update: I almost forgot Kentucky Fried Move: Don't you know there is a penile code in this state?


The trial of Mickey and Mallory Knox comes to mind. Also, I've always loved the courtroom parts of that crappy movie with Joanne Whalley and Armand Assante called "Trial by Jury." That might be because I wanted to try her by jury back in the day, though. :)

Flipping the script, the courtroom scenes that sucked heartily were every moment that Ben Affleck was in the courtroom in "Daredevil."

"12 Angry Men," when Lee J. Cobb loses it in the jury room.

And, don't kill me for this, but "My Cousin Vinny" when Joe Pesci and Ed Gwynn have a disconnect over the word, "youths."

Sorry, "Fred Gwynn."

When the DA's son is put on the stand in Miracle on 34th Street. “You did, Daddy.”

Wow some of my top one taken right off the bat.

How bout the Caine Mutiny, with Bogart cracking in the chair.

Or any scene with Keanu Reeves in "the Devil's Advocate". Keanu Reeves as the smartest lawyer on the planet with a great southern accent. Did you mean great in the Unintentional Comedy scale? If not then this does not count.

Don't kill me for this, but I believe the scene where Joe Pesci has Marissa Tomei disputing the prosecutions "expert testimony" and the trick question is the best. Especially the part when Fred Gwynn asks Marissa why it's a trick question and Pesci sits back, puts his boots up on the table in front of him and looks at Ralph Machio and says "Watch this."
I always wondered how many takes it took Marissa to get out that diatribe in one breath and with a straight face.

Becky, count me in as someone who LOVES that scene.

I thought Paul Newman as the alchoholic lawyer in "The Verdict" was great. My stomach was churning throughout the movie especially when the long-haired jerk of a judge kept ruling against him. But he won. Hurrah!

"The two youts?" = favorite courtroom scene.

The staredown between Harrison Ford and Sean Bean in "Patriot Games".

Here's some more: Kevin Bacon in Murder In The First. That guy, when he wants to, can act his balls off.

People vs. Larry Flynt, for Ed Norton's performance in front of the SCOTUS and Woody wearing a flag diaper.

Matthew McConaughey's closing argument in "A Time to Kill."

My wife just piped in with "The trial of Zod in Superman 2!" I love that girl. ;)

Kinda a courtroom scene: "Absence of Malice" where Wilford Brimley offers to serve supoenas on a motley group of malefactors.

I second the "Caine Mutiny" as best courtroom scene and behind the scenes. Jose Ferrer was great.

I also liked Jimmy Stewart in "Anatomy of a Murder".

Best courtroom scene ever? To Kill a Mockingbird (movie and book).

One last one...the "color trial" in Pleasantsville.

I can't believe no one has put forward Judd Nelson's courtroom scenes in From the Hip. Hardly brilliant, but undeniably entertaining.

...ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider: Ladies and gentlemen this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now, think about that. That does not make sense! Why would a WookieeŚan eight foot tall WookieeŚwant to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!

But more important, you have to ask yourself, what does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense!

Look at me, I'm a lawyer defending a major record company, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca. Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense. None of this makes sense!

And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberating and conjugating the Emancipation Proclamation... does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense.

If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.

BF wins.

You're all wrong. The best courtroom scene is in Breaker Morant, perhaps the best trial movie of all time. Sorry to lay down a line, but there it is. And if you disagree, it is only because you can't handle the truth!

I like the courtroom scene in Woody Allen's "Bananas", when he is interrogating himself.

Um, "Liar,Liar"? Well, maybe not.

Hi! Great blog. I agree with Shawn. Doesn't get any better than "To Kill a Mockingbird". Ever.

Two more that I just thought of:

"The Jagged Edge" with Glenn Close's amazing changing outfit.

And it's not technically a courtroom scene, but the trial in "Animal House"

Not going to stand here and listen to you bad mouth the United States of America!...Gentlemen!!

You all are full of shit. The best of all time is obviously:

"Yes, your honor, I did kill them bitches and I'd do it again."

Attorney: "I move for a mistrial..."

Judge: "You're confessing to the crime?"

"Yes your honor. But there's no way in hell I'm going to jail. I'll kill everyone in this courtroom before I go to jail. Bare-handed. Don't you doubt it."

The Kentucky Fried Movie has a great courtroom scene (Tony Dow! Examining Briefs! "Are you not a driving instructor?"), great previews of coming attractions, and the best kung fu movie ever.

Enormous Genitals! "Let's give him a big hand!" Army of extra-ordinary mag-a-nitude!

Why the hell can't a movie like that get made today?

1) Howard Roark's courtroom speech in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

2) Sir Robert Morton's courtroom speech in The Winslow Boy (1950) by Terrence Rattigan.

Jack rocks, but let me assure you there's NO SUCH THING as a "Code Red." Pure Hollyweird fiction. :p

'The Verdict' is probably one of the best courtroom dramas ever. Newman is such a great actor that he could say so much without really saying anything.

'A Time To Kill' where Spacey is cross-examining Samuel L. Jackson. Great stuff.

James Woods was great when he went after the DA in 'True Believer.'

Back to military courts martial, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel Jackson in "Rules of Engagement" offered up fine performances in court.

It has to be the end of "Witness for the Prosecution" when Marlene Dietrich shoots her faithless lover while still in the courtroom and Charles Laughton, who has just destroyed her on the stand, instantly volunteers to defend her.

All the court room confrontations between Spencer Tracy and Frederic March in "Inherit the Wind". Also when the circus strongwoman lifted (again)Spencer tracy's chair in "Adam"s Rib".

Funny: the courtroom scene with Richard Gere "tap dancing" in Chicago.

Best: A Time To Kill
To Kill a Mockingbird
Inherit the Wind
Primal Fear

"My cousin vinny" is one of my favorite movies. The court scines are all for the most part funny, but I like the "youts" the best

"The Rainmaker"; when they trick the other sides attorney to call a jury member a liar, and then silently gestures as if speaking into a phone, to show him he just got played...

I also like "Liar Liar", especially:
"I object!"
"What for?"
"Because it's devastating to my case!"


small screen bigots!

"What exactly is a grit?"

Best courtroom scene HAS to be Maximilion Schell's performance in "Judgment at Nuremberg" It is passionate and confronts the viewer with uncomfortable questions about the nature of justice.

Bonus: Also, includes fantastic courtroom scenes with Richard Widmark, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Spencer Tracey, and Burt Lancaster

I have to agree with "Liar, Liar" for riveting courtroom theater.
Not so dramatic as many of the others listed here, but I haven't had so much fun during most of them.

After he beats himself up and is carried back into court, the judge wants to know who the perpetrator was:
Fletcher: A madman your honor. A desperate fool at the end of his pitiful rope.
Judge: What did he look like?
Fletcher: About six foot two, 180 pounds, big teeth, kinda gangly.

Even the outtakes were classic.
Opposing counsel: Your honor, I object!
Fletcher: You would.
Opposing counsel: (some insult)
Fletcher: (responding insult)
Opposing counsel: Overactor!
Fletcher: Jezebe... (collapses laughing, acts like he's been mortally wounded)
Fletcher (Looking at the audience consipratorially): I think they're on to me...

from Airplane 2:

Prosecutor: Doctor, could you give the court your impression of Mr. Stryker?

Doctor: I'm sorry, I don't do impressions. My training is in psychiatry.