Instead of using his Harvard law degree to ride a wave to fame and fortune, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) heads to Alabama to become the voice of the voiceless and wrongfully accused defendants fighting for their freedom in southern courtrooms, including Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx). Throughout the legal drama, Stevenson goes through hell and back to prove his client’s innocence, even when no one cares to listen.
Why it’s one of the best courtroom dramas: There are times during Just Mercy where you will get so angry you want to turn off the TV because of the injustice and blatant racism being shown on the screen. And that’s what makes the 2019 legal drama such a great experience. It makes you feel something, whether that be anger, fear, or optimism for a better tomorrow.
Stream it on HBO Max here.