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Thursday, June 19, 2008

AFI Issues List of the 10 Greatest Courtroom Dramas

The AFI has come out with its 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres, including the Top 10 Courtroom Dramas (I'm guessing that the word "Drama" is why the classic "My Cousin Vinny" didn't make the cut).  And it looks like a pretty solid list:

10. “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961)

9. “A Cry in the Dark” (1988)

8. “In Cold Blood” (1967)

7. “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959)

6. “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957)

5.  “A Few Good Men” (1992)

4. “The Verdict” (1982)

3. “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

2. “12 Angry Men” (1957)

1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

It's tough to argue with anyf these selections, save possibly "A Cry in the Dark," which seems like an obscure choice better known for spawning the phrase "The dingo's got my baby" more than anything else.  I'll have to see that one, though, before passing judgment.  Besides that one, though, you have a series of amazing films made by amazing directors (2 by Sidney Lumet, and 1 by Richard Brooks, Otto Preminger, and Billy WIlder) and/or from terrific source material ("To Kill a Mockingbird" and "In Cold Blood").

So, what other options might the AFI have chosen?  Off the top of my head, here are a few thoughts: "The Accused," "A Soldier's Story," "The Insider," "...And Justice for All," "Inherit the Wind," and "Primal Fear."  Some might want to include "Philadelphia," but I didn't care for it that much.  So, what do readers think?  Are there any movies missing?

-CM

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