Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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The courtroom drama has long been a Hollywood staple. Perhaps the finest of them all is director Otto Preminger’s adaptation of a Robert Traver novel. The film features a battle between a small-town defense attorney (Jimmy Stewart) and a hotshot, big-city prosecutor (George C. Scott). This lengthy, fully absorbing film addresses not just guilt and innocence, but also the very nature of truth, justice and the law.