October 7th, 2011
09:25 AM ET
Lately, the media seems to be dominated by one high profile court case after another. The dramatic trials of Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray and Amanda Knox have captivated the world, and the latter of the three has already been spun into an actual film.
But of course, movies have some dramatic advantages. Writers, actors and editors make movie lawyers, judges and juries look their best, speak eloquently, and deliver just the right amount of dramatic pause during opening and closing arguments. In fact, growing up with Hollywood’s version of our judicial system can make real life litigators appear a little boring in comparison.
If it pleases the court, this week’s list puts your movie knowledge on trial. What’s the verdict on the best courtroom dramas? And if you were a Hollywood casting agent, who would you cast in the role of Miss Anthony (Natalie Portman), Dr. Murray (Forest Whitaker), and Miss Knox (For a big screen feature, I'd go with Jennifer Lawrence over Hayden Panettiere)? Clearly, these stories are movies just waiting to be produced.
1. "A Few Good Men" (1992): “*Did you order the Code Red?*” – Lt. Daniel Kaffee
2. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962): “Now I am confident that you gentlemen will review, without passion, the evidence that you have heard, come to a decision and restore this man to his family.” – Atticus Finch
3. "Philadelphia" (1993): “Now, explain it to me like I'm a four-year-old.” – Joe Miller
4. "12 Angry Men" (1957): “Life Is In Their Hands - Death Is On Their Minds!” – Movie tagline
5. "…And Justice For All" (1979): “That man is guilty! That man, there, that man is a slime! He is a *slime*! If he's allowed to go free, then something really wrong is goin' on here!” – Arthur Kirkland
"Reversal of Fortune" (1990): “Yes, a vial of insulin... Just kidding.” – Claus von Bulow
"Presumed Innocent" (1990): “I'm a prosecutor. I'm part of the business of accusing, judging and punishing.” – Rusty Sabich
"Amistad" (1997): “This is the most important case ever to come before this court. Because what it in fact concerns is the very nature of man.” – John Quincy Adams
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