9 Of The Best Movies About Lawyers

9 Of The Best Movies About Lawyers

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Legal issues can be very stressful; serious issues such as divorce, child custody and lawsuits don’t exactly put people in a good mood. Thankfully, there are many movies featuring “good guy” lawyers who are eager to take on the system and fight for the little guy.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes dramatic, these nine classic lawyer movies are some of the very best. The next time you hold a weekend film festival at your home, consider taking it to court.

Nine Of The Best Lawyer Movies

#1 To Kill a Mockingbird.

This classic film has been beloved by movie fans for generations. The lives of Scout and her lawyer father Atticus Finch become closely tangled with Tom Robinson, an African-American man accused of assaulting a local white woman. The story is told from the point of view of Scout, who is caught between the progressive attitudes of her father and the deep-seated racism of the local community.

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#2 The Client.

Based on a best-selling novel by John Grisham of the same name, this movie stars Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Two young boys witness the suicide of a lawyer with mob connections. Lawyer Reggie Love, a recovering alcoholic, is brought into the case to represent Mark, one of the boys who witnessed the death. Younger brother Ricky stopped speaking after witnessing the lawyer’s death and is unable to corroborate Mark’s testimony. The tense story unfolds as mobsters and lawyers try to find the truth behind the dead man.

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#3 Runaway Jury.

Another John Grisham novel adaptation, Runaway Jury is a dramatic movie filled with surprising twists and turns. Nothing is as it seems when a jury is asked to determine the whether or not a gun manufacturing company could be held responsible for murders committed with their product. Jurors are manipulated by the legal team defending the gun company while lawyers on the other side fight for justice. Features John Cusack and Rachel Weisz.

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#4 Erin Brockovich.

This is one of Julia Roberts’ most celebrated films. Erin Brockovich is a small-town legal file clerk who discovers a legacy of underhanded dealings committed by power company Pacific Gas and Electric. Unusually high rates of cancer and other serious illnesses suggest a connection between the power company and the community’s failing health. PG & E is accused of using the down as its chemical dumping ground and taken to court. Based on a true story.

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#5 A Few Good Men.

A mixture of legal drama and military thriller based on a play by the same name by Aaron Sorkin. When two marines are accused of murdering one of their own, a lawyer is brought in to work on the court martial case. The murdered marine’s personal life is dragged into the spotlight,causing increased tensions in the tight-knit military family.

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#6 Twelve Angry Men.

First released in 1957, this movie is based on a classic play by dramatist Reginald Rose. In this movie, twelve jurors debate the fate of a young man on trial for killing his father. The jurors all argue their point of view, each knowing that a guilty verdict will result in a death sentence for the boy accused of murder.

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#7 Reversal of Fortune.

Released in 1990, this film is based on a book published in 1985 based on actual events. Sunny von Bulow lies in a diabetic coma that her husband   Claus is accused of causing. Law professor Alan Dershowitz is brought in to work on the case. Dershowitz is initially convinced of Claus’s guilt but agrees to take the case because von Bulow offers to cover the costs of another case Dershowitz is committed to.

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#8 The Lincoln Lawyer.

This 2011 movie stars Matthew McConaughey as defense attorney Mickey Haller who makes a living defending small time crooks and petty offenders. The chance to advance his career arrives when he’s asked to defend the son of a Los Angeles real estate tycoon. Though Louis Roulet appears initially to be innocent, hallmarks of the crime strongly resemble an older murder case. A man in prison points to Roulet as a killer and Haller has to juggle his professional responsibility to his client with his desire to see justice finally served.

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#9 And Justice for All.

A 1979 film starring Al Pacino. Upstart defense attorney Arthur Kirkland is fighting to prove the innocence of his client, Jeff McCullough, who was pulled over for a traffic violation before being mistakenly identified as a murderer. The judge refuses to hear evidence that would clear McCullaugh. As fate would have it, Kirkland is called on to defend the judge when he is accused of rape. The trial unearths hidden scandal that implicates more people than Kirkland ever suspected.

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This piece comes courtesy of Chucker Reibach – lawyers based in Virginia.

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