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Poll: Most Intense Trial Movie Scenes

What do you think is the most intense scene in a trial movie from them below? (Feel free to vote, even if you just know a few of them.) To avoid spoiling in some cases, there are hiding bars put on the descriptions. To keep it fair, they are put on all of the descriptions.

Rules for suggestions: 1. The intense scene doesn't need to happen in the courtroom itself, but the intense scene has to be in a trial/courtroom movie. 2. It can also be an intense trial or courtroom scene, urgent for storytelling in a drama, or comedy, etc. But then it has to be a trial or courtroom scene for sure.

Remember the rule: No movie picked twice in this special poll series. To be sure avoiding to pick a scene of a movie that already had a scene used in this series, there is a list of already used titles to compare. Search for the original title of your suggestion in the comparing list. Use the original title for comparing. No movies rated below 6/10.

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    Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill (1996)

    The ending plea of Jake Tyler Brigance.
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    Paul Newman in The Verdict (1982)

    The final allegation by Frank Gavin. Suggested by dgranger and penchofifteenpolls
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    Robert Duvall in The Judge (2014)

    The confession of Judge Joseph Palmer.
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    Maximilian Schell in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

    Hans Rolfe ranting at 'The Judgment at Nuremberg'.
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    Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    The ending plea of Atticus Finch. Suggested by JamesMovieGuy_117
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    Morgan Freeman in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

    Judge Leonard White's appeal on all fractions of the audience in his court of law to keep calm and think of their own bad characters and meanness to turn down self justice. "Go home and be decent people! Be decent!"
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    Edward Norton in Primal Fear (1996)

    The moment when Aaron turns to Roy and attacks district attorney Janet Venable at the trial in the courtroom.
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    Jodie Foster in The Accused (1988)

    Sarah Tobias describing vividly what happened to her with tumbling voice and tears in her eyes, going through it all again.
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    Kirk Douglas, Timothy Carey, and Ralph Meeker in Paths of Glory (1957)

    The plea of Colonel Dax. Suggested by penchofifteenpolls
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    Anthony Quinn, Dana Andrews, Jane Darwell, Stanley Andrews, Frank Conroy, Francis Ford, Rondo Hatton, and Marc Lawrence in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

    A popular trial turns into a lynching mob. Suggested by penchofifteenpolls
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    Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate (1997)

    The revealing scene of John Milton, when he explains Kevin Lomax the situation and his rules in an extreme rant.
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    Spencer Tracy and Fredric March in Inherit the Wind (1960)

    Henry Drummond calls Harrison Brady to the stand and questions him about The Bible. Suggested by penchofifteenpolls and dgranger
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    Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman (1992)

    Lt. Col. Frank Slade does the perfect ending plea for re-establishing the reputation of Charlie Simms good character. Suggested by SeventhAr7
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    Peter Lorre in M (1931)

    Hans Beckert pleading on insanity. Suggested by penchofifteenpolls
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    Kate Winslet in The Reader (2008)

    The crucial point, when Michael Berg realizes in the court of law, that Hanna Schmitz did all those bad things, because she always wanted to hide her illiteracy - while the other perpetrators did much worse deeds than her, but get free by sacrificing her.
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    Djimon Hounsou in Amistad (1997)

    Cinque pleading for him and his people to get released in a heartbleeding, emotional, supplicatory request.
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    Tom Hanks and Mary Steenburgen in Philadelphia (1993)

    (In lack of a better image): The agressive ending plea of Belinda Conine when Andrew Beckett drifted away and broke down. Co-Suggested by jonzcliff
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    Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men (1992)

    Colonel Nathan Jessup confessing to have ordered the code red. ('You can't handle the truth!')
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    Barbra Streisand in Nuts (1987)

    The scene when Claudia Draper exposes her stepfather for abusing her and forces her mother to confess about her suffering.
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    Juliette Lewis in Conviction (2010)

    Roseanna Perry blaming district attorney Nancy Taylor to have driven her to commit perjury.
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    Ralph Fiennes and Paul Scofield in Quiz Show (1994)

    Charles van Doren at the court of law - admitting he cheated at the quiz show.
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    Vin Diesel, Frank Adonis, Vinny Vella, Peter Dinklage, and Steven Randazzo in Find Me Guilty (2006)

    Jackie DiNorscio giving himself the perfect ending plea.
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    Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman in Runaway Jury (2003)

    The confrontation of Rankin Fitch and Wendell Rohr at the toilet.
  24. Vote!

    Billy helps Carl prove he is fit for duty (photo credit: Philip Caruso/SMPSP)

    Bill Sunday tries to help Carl after humiliating and making him feel like in hell several times in the past. He helps Carl to prove his suitability for the job at the trial. Suggested by SeventhAr7
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    Gene Hackman in The Chamber (1996)

    Sam Cayhall inwardly repenting and crying seconds close to his death in the gas chamber.
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    Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking (1995)

    The end of Matthew Poncelet, when he confesses and repents his deeds in front of the bereaved of his victims.
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    Jerome Cowan and Robert Hyatt in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    Prosecutor is befuddled and his whole case is undermined; when his own words are used against him during his son's testimony on his father's stated beliefs on Santa Claus. Suggested by urbanemovies
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    Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, and Fred Gwynne in My Cousin Vinny (1992)

    Mona Lisa Vito had just realized that she had just won the case for Vinny and the two are making up. Suggested by urbanemovies and dgranger
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    Kevin Costner, Wayne Knight, and Gary Grubbs in JFK (1991)

    New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison examines the JFK killing at the examination committee. Suggested by DoctorBuster
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    Al Pacino in And Justice for All (1979)

    The time when Arthur Kirkland gets thrown out the court of law for ranting the truth.
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    Marg Helgenberger in Erin Brockovich (2000)

    The moment when Erin Brockovich tells Donna Jensen that they have won - and how much they have won. Making Donna sure, she has the money to have the best medical support, while she and her family is safe in future.
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    Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny (1954)

    The cross examination of Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg that ends with his meltdown.
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    Paris Trout (1991)

    In lack of a 'better' image I used this one. The Scene when Paris Trout atrociously raped his wife with a bottle of coke.
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    Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, and Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

    The turning situation of Leonard and Christine at the end.
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    Betty White

    I don't watch trial movies.

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