The Accused (1988)
A powerful performance from an offensive-minded young Jodie Foster is at the core of this social realism slash courtroom drama, based on real-life events. The subject matter is rape, society's stance to it, and the fine lines all the involved parties walk. The film is an intelligent dissection of a harrowing act, even if director Jonathan Kaplan seems to have let his film become a little sloppy and simplified during the middle part. Fortunately though, what may have seemed like one-dimensional characters and mere surface-grazing turns out to be a powerful and highly thought-provoking drama in a brilliant finale, in which the story's many aspects are fully documented. Kelly McGillis plays the D.A., looking amateurish beside the brilliant Foster.