What are the best courtroom dramas on Netflix?

Not a lot of buzz can be heard about legal dramas in the cinema or even in TV shows. Why prefer watching such instead of cringe-worthy love stories or stunt-heavy action flicks? For one, not everyone likes the narrative of watching shows with heavy scripts and dragging stories. You got to admit though, that there are not a lot of locations that can top that of a scene involving a courtroom with a witness on the stand. Stories with elements of crime, justice and plot twists are surely very entertaining and intense to watch, to say the least. However, courtroom drama movies have been at its heyday in the '90s where stars lined-up for roles in legal thrillers just like 'A Time to Kill' and 'The Firm'. Recently, there has been a cult following for movies and TV shows that present a legal story. In Hollywood, mind-boggling stories are the real deal and this fits the genre well.

Courtroom dramas on Netflix and other platforms are a thing again, that's for sure, and there are loads of which you can choose from. From surprise evidence to last-minute witness testimonials, and the pursuit of justice against all odds and obstacles, legal dramas offer a riveting and thrilling form of entertainment which may not be for everyone. But if you dig deeper, there's always a thing or two that you can get from movies that deal with legal stuff. If you're new to this genre and is a Netflix-binger, here are some of the best courtroom dramas on Netflix that you can watch right now.

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    #1Better Call Saul

    Better Call Saul

    Better Call Saul is a show that features the trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill. This legal drama follows the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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    Jeffrey Mendoza
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "This is one of the best courtroom dramas on Netflix right now. It started out as a Breaking Bad spin-off focusing on Saul Goodman but has evolved into a great show all on its own."
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    #2How to Get Away with Murder

    How to Get Away with Murder

    How To Get Away With Murder is a long-running courtroom drama that is available on Netflix. The show that began in 2014 and tells the story of a law teacher and five of her students getting involved in a murder. 

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    Teresa Carlson
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "It's not quite an accurate portrayal of the law and those who practice them but it does not take away from the fact that it is one of the best lawyers shows on Netflix with great cast performances and a solid story."
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    #3Shepherds and Butchers

    Shepherds and Butchers

    Shepherds and Butchers is a relatively new legal drama that first aired in 2016. It stars Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, and Deon Lotz. It tells the story of a lawyer who takes on the case of a controversial South African prison guard.


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    Gregory Wells
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "This law movie on Netflix that I stumbled upon and I'm glad I did. This has given some kind of perspective on the value of life and just trying your best to live it and survive."
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    Fracture is a 2007 crime-drama thriller that can be considered as part of the legal drama genre. It features Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, and David Strathairn and is about an ambitious attorney intent on fame and success facing off against a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.


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    Gao Tian
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "A thrilling face-off between two charismatic characters in this movie. It's a stylish movie with substance to back it up."
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    #5Closed Circuit

    Closed Circuit

    Closed Circuit is a 2013 crime-drama movie available on Netflix. It stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, and Jim Broadbent. It is about the story of two former lovers who take on the case of a suspected terrorist.


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    Melissa Montgomery
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "A riveting law drama that puts the relationship between two people to the test that unbeknownst to them, is putting their lives at risk due to the secrets and high-profile nature of the case."
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    Rake is an Australian television series starring Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, and Adrienne Pickering. The show is about a hardworking and clever lawyer who was a drug addict and gambler in the past.

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    Ralph Powell
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "As far as the premise goes, it's the most unique one but it is executed really well. From the cast to the performance, and the direction, everything was really good. Go check this one out."
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    #7Marvel's Daredevil

    Marvel's Daredevil

    Marvel's Daredevil is a Netflix original series which follows Matt Murdock, an attorney by day and vigilante by night. Despite being blind, he uses his heightened senses to fight crime in New York during the night. 

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    Kevin Qiu
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "A courtroom drama in a non-traditional sense. This is more of a show that deals less with what happens in court but more of what happens next when justice fails and bad men go free."
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    #8Philadelphia (1993)

    Philadelphia (1993)

    Philadelphia is an American drama film directed by Jonathan Demme. It was released in the United States on January 14, 1994, and it starred Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, and more.


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    Andy Ma
    Written on November 12, 2019
    "Despite being a legal movie, there are deeper things at play here. The LGBTQ community was not yet a thing back then and this is how difficult it was for someone belonging to this group back then."


Best What are the best courtroom dramas on Netflix
1Better Call SaulTV Shows 19 Paid
2How to Get Away with MurderTV Shows 12 Paid
3Shepherds and ButchersMovies 10 Paid
4FractureMovies 4 Paid
5Closed CircuitMovies 3 Paid
6RakeTV Shows 3 Paid
7Marvel's DaredevilTV Shows 3 Paid
8Philadelphia (1993)Movies 2 Paid

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