Bollywood’S Best Courtroom Dramas


While all of us want to stay away from the court of law and the legal matters in our personal lives, we love watching the courtroom drama on big screens. The drama, the arguments and the tension till the judgement is announced are the things which make the scenes intriguing and gripping.

To create attention-grabbing courtroom dramas on screen, a solid script, thorough research and strong groundwork. When it comes to such films, the makers have to follow original rules and guidelines of the law and ethics. Although not many films have been made on this fan-favourite genre, Bollywood has successfully delivered some brilliant creations centred on courtroom drama. Here is list of 10 best films of them all.

Waqt (1965)

Image Credits- Yash Raj Films

Waqt is directed by Yash Chopra and is not a courtroom drama entirely. But because of its fantastic final sequences involving a murder trial, the film has to be added to the list. In this multi-starrer film, Sunil Dutt portrayed the character of a lawyer, who skilfully proves who the real culprit is.

Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)

Image Credits- Basu Chatterji films

This Basu Chatterji’s directorial venture which is entirely based on a courtroom trial, is a remake of 1957’s Hollywood classic 12 Angry Men. The film shows the case against a teenager for stabbing his own father to death. This is a wonderfully made film which not only focuses on arguments but shows how jurors debate to reach to a verdict and what all goes in minds of them while taking a decision.

Meri Jung (1985)

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Touted as one of the best court drama films, it features Anil Kapoor in the lead as the lawyer. Subhash Ghai has directed this marvel which is a story of a man who becomes lawyer to avenge his father’s death. The film has some brilliant scenes involving a trial full of twists.

Damini (1993)

Image Credits- Karim Morani Production

Remembered for Sunny Deol’s iconic ‘Taarikh pe Taarikh’ monologue, this crime thriller is directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film is about Damini played by Meenakshi Sheshadri who fights to get justice for a rape victim when her own family is against her. However the real show-stealer is Sunny Deol who wins the hearts with his powerful act as the victim’s advocate.

Aitraaz (2004)

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This again is not a complete legal drama but a romantic thriller film. But it focuses on a different perspective that sometimes man can also become victims of sexual harassment. The Film directed by Abbas-Mustan involves brilliant court trial with various twists and turns involving witnesses and proofs. Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor played lawyers and contributed in making the film more exciting with their amazing performances. Priyanka Chopra also gave one of her best performances as the culprit of the sexual offense.

OMG- Oh My God! (2012)

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No one thought that a court case against God can be made interesting and thought-provoking before this film was made. Based on a Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji, the film is a satirical take on religious Gurus who act as the agents of God. Paresh rawal played the lead role of a shop-owner who fights his own case against God and takes entire country by storm. Akshay Kumar played a cameo as God in the film.

Jolly LLB (2013)

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This court drama starring Arshad Warsi in the lead role was loved by many for its realistic portrayal of legal system. The film comments on the legal corruption and exploitative behaviour of the rich as the lead character, lawyer Jagdish fights a case for six innocent wage labourers.

Rustom (2016)

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This film which won Akshay Kumar the National Award for Best Actor was based on a true court case of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavaty which changed the entire legal system of India. Akshay Kumar defends himself in front of the jury trying to prove that he is not guilty. The film is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai also features Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sachin Khedekar and Parmeet Sethi in the lead roles.

Pink (2016)

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Pink is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhry and focuses on the society’s views on women. Amitabh Bachchan played a very powerful role of the lawyer in this film which talks about the stereotypes about girls and the terms and conditions which are only applicable to girls. With very effective dialogue delivery, Amitabh raises the courtroom scenes to whole new standards.

Jolly LLB2 (2017)

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It is black comedy with a satirical take on Indian legal system just like its prequel. Akshay Kumar played titular role of the lawyer who fights a case against a powerful and ruthless lawyer The film was applauded by both critics and the audiences.



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