Live Poll: Which Movie Best Makes Legal History?

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Which movie inspired by a real-life courtroom case or litigation do you find to be the most compelling legal story?

See the partial list movies or mini-series (long movies) based on real-life courtroom cases or litigation here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls040633524/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/yfhTkgC3TsY/
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Updated Clarification Question's Scope
Which movie inspired by a real-life courtroom case or actual litigation do you find to be the most compelling legal story*? *Answer options made history as both landmark and influential cases, as well as, those of the more infamous and sensational nature.

Honorable Mentions


Compulsion 1959 | Movie 7.5 (5,044)
A fictionalized account inspired by infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case in 1924.


In Cold Blood 1967 | Movie 8.0 (21,503)
A fictionalized account inspired by the case against Richard Eugene "Dick" Hickock and Perry Edward Smith of a 1959 quadruple murder in western Kansas. 


Helter Skelter 1976 | TV Movie 7.4 (2,932)
A fictionalized account inspired by the multiple murder case against the members of murders committed by the Charles Manson Family. It recounts the murders Manson committed, the investigation and the 1970-71 trial.


Let Him Have It 1991 | Movie 7.3 (3,011)
A fictionalized account inspired by Derek Bentley's 1952 wrongful conviction and execution by hanging 12 years before the death penalty was abolished in the United Kingdom.


Separate But Equal 1991 | Mini-Series 7.4 (579)
 A fictionalized account inspired by the Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al. U.S. appellate case, the first of five school segregation cases, It along with the Brown v. Board of Education case ended with a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1954.* full length movie split into two mini-series installments


Gideon's Trumpet 1980 | TV Movie 7.2 (881)
A fictionalized account inspired by Gideon v. Wainwright, a case which led to the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that indigents had the right to court-appointed counsel.
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Another honorable mention:

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it's in the second list
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Thanks, I had it on the original poll list, wanted to include it. But, I ultimately couldn't make the case over The Crucible (1996)/Separate But Equal (1991)/Gideon's Trumpet (1980) which got bumped up. So, it got bumped down to honorable mention status. A great movie that definitely had minor claims to be included.
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Philadelphia gets my vote. It really surprised me I didn't expect the impact that have on me. When I saw the sinopsys in the first time i was like meh, it may be an OK movie but I gave him a chance and it really exceeds my expectations. More than OK... It is a great movie.
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I liked it too and really enjoyed it likewise because I didn't have any expectations going in. Great cast and a well-told story,