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With Matthew McConaughey returning to the legal drama genre for last month’s DVD and BD release of The Lincoln Lawyer, it seems a sensible time to consider the truly great courtroom scenes and films of cinema history.

No, this is not intended to be a definitive list and no, I haven’t watched every single courtroom sequence ever committed to celluloid. But I do think the following are pretty good, either as entire films, or as scenes in their own right.

Exhibit A: To Kill A Mockingbird

An obvious choice, but only because the film defies superlatives. For the uninitiated, Gregory Peck stars as an attorney and father, defending a black man in the deep south of the USA on false charges of raping a white woman, at a time in history when any hopes of a fair trial under such circumstances were hopelessly futile.

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