12 Angry Men
When a group of twelve jurors retreat to the jury room to deliberate the case of a young man accused of murdering his father, all the jurors but one are ready to find the defendant guilty. But the decision must be unanimous, so the single holdout (Henry Fonda) forces further consideration of the evidence.
Tensions among the jurors rise as they argue about the evidence and the veracity of witness statements, but the men begin to reconsider factors they may have taken for granted. Though their patience is continually tested, the defendant’s fate is in their hands.
Rated one of IMDb’s best movies of all time, this classic film remains especially relevant today, as social media and modern news outlets often pressure us to accept predetermined verdicts as presented. The film reminds us, however, of the importance of being careful about our assumptions and conclusions. The film is not rated, but would likely be PG, though some of the dialog-driven drama may be above the heads of very young viewers.