Criminal Law Movies Based On True Stories

Saturday, April 9 by Rachel Lee

When you want to watch a movie that accurately shows the human condition, watch one of these criminal law movies based on true stories. Each story is a dramatic glimpse into the actions and behaviors of people as they come head to head with the law.

  1. “The Accused” Released in 1988, "The Accused" stars Kelly McGinnis and Jodie Foster. “The Accused” is based on the true story of the gang rape of Cheryl Araujo in Bedford, Massachusetts.
  2. “All the President’s Men” "All the President's Men" stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. This movie shows a glimpse into the Watergate Scandal and the scandal surrounding the presidency of Richard Nixon.
  3. “Amistad” "Amistad" is based on a slave mutiny that occurred on the ship Amistad. Starring Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey and Anthony Hopkins, “Amistad” follows the legal battle regarding the slave trade and legality over confining the slaves.
  4. “Anatomy of a Murder” Considered one of the first Hollywood movies to discuss rape and murder, “Anatomy of a Murder” follows the 1952 murder case of an innkeeper who allegedly raped the wife of his murderer. This classic criminal law movie stars James Stewart and Lee Remick.
  5. “Capote” “Capote” is a biographical film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Capote travels to Kansas to document the killing of the Clutter family.
  6. “Compulsion” "Compulsion" is the story of two men who kill a young boy in order to commit the perfect crime. This movie is based on the true story of the Leopold and Loeb trial.
  7. “Donnie Brasco” The mob and FBI go head to head in this story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the Bonanno crime family in the 1970s. “Donnie Brasco” stars Johnny Depp as Agent Joseph D. Pistone and Al Pacino as Benjamin Ruggiero.
  8. “Ghosts of Mississippi” Based on the 1994 trial of Byron De La Beckwith, “Ghosts of Mississippi” stars Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods. The trial is for the murder of a civil rights activist by the name of Medgar Evers by a white supremacist.
  9. “In the Name of the Father” Considered a biographical film, “In the Name of the Father” stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson. This movie documents the story of the Guildford Four who were falsely accused of the Guildford pub bombings.
  10. “Judgment at Nuremberg” “Judgment at Nuremberg” is fictionalized movie based on the true story of the Nuremberg trials. This movie documents the trials of four judges who served the Nazi regime.
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