Top 20 Must Watch Law Movies for Lawyers and Law Students.


Marshall: Is an American biographical legal drama film that starred Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, and focuses on one of the first cases of his career, the State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell. The movie was directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. It also stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell.

The Lincoln Lawyer: Stared Matthew McConaughey as a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan and usually finds himself defending hardcore criminals. So he thought he would do the right thing by defending an innocent rich wealthy prince, but as the case unfolds, he begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

The Chicago 7: Is a captivating movie on one of the most popular and notorious trials in American history in which seven individuals arrested during a demonstration against the Vietnam War. They were initially eight, and at that time they were known as Chicago Eight charged with charges of conspiracy, incitement to riot, and other charges related to the violent protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, in connection with the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was directed by Aaron Sorkin and some of the cast include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, and, Frank Langella. The Chicago 7 has inspired many films there after.

On the Basis of Sex: Is a biopic of drama based on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme

Court, directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman. It stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates.

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The Devil’s Advocate: Is a film directed by Taylor Hackford  starring Keanu Reeves (in the main role of lawyer Kevin Lomax) and Al Pacino ( in the role of John Milton). Kevin Lomax ( Keanu Reeves ) is a young lawyer whose career is on such a rise that he has never lost a trial . His eagerness to win at all costs make at the beginning of the movie and then convinced of the guilt of the accused of abusing a student in high school , continue defending him and humiliates the victim lying on her through. In this way he manages to win the trial. This leads him to be hired by a large New York law firm whose CEO is John Milton (Al Pacino), who has a special interest in Lomax.

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A Few Good Men: Is an American film directed by Rob Reiner and starred by Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Kevin Pollak in the main roles. Two military lawyers, Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollak) must defend two Marines in a trial. According to the accusation, they have killed a comrade.

Philadelphia: Is a movie where the life of young lawyer Andy Beckett (Tom Hanks) changes when he discovers that he is living with HIV and for this, he is fired from the law firm he works for. Then he decides to hire the lawyer Joseph Miller (Denzel Washington ) to defend him during the trial, having to fight not only against the opinion that society has about this disease but also against his own prejudices about homosexuality, in a moving outcome.

The Firm: Is about a young lawyer who joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that the firm has a sinister dark side. His suspicion was finally confirmed by the FBI when the firm killed a private investigator who was investigating the deaths of some of its working lawyers. The movie stars Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter.

Legally Blonde: Is a moving starring Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon ) is a blonde from California who seems to have it all: she is gorgeous, very popular, she has money, one of the best grades in her field (design and tailoring) and a wonderful boyfriend named Warner ( Matthew Davis ), who he is the son of the governor. Elle who decided to enrol in Havard Law School to prove her boyfriend wrong stands out more and more in class, so when Professor Callahan’s (Victor Garber) law firm needs 4 students to defend a murder case, she is chosen to be part of the team with Warner, Vivian and Enid. They have to defend Brooke Taylor Windham (Ali Larter), accused of shooting her 60-year-old husband, Hayworth Windham.

Liar Liar: Fletcher Reede ( Jim Carrey ) is an ambitious and unscrupulous lawyer who abides by only one code of ethics: the truth is negotiable. He engages in exaggerating and distorting reality at trial in order to get a favorable verdict. This skill has allowed him to earn a promising legal career representing the most immoral figures in society, clients who are rejected by other attorneys out of sheer ethics.

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Loving: Is a movie about an American married couple who fled their home state of Virginia due to state laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the 1960s. The film was directed and written by Jeff Nichols. Due to the interracial nature of their marriage, they were arrested, imprisoned, and exiled. For a decade the couple fought for their right to return home. The main roles were played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, and Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll in supporting roles.

Erin Brockovich: Is a dramatization based on the true story of Erin Brockovich-Ellis, an environmental activist who achieved an important legal victory against the “Pacific Gas and Electric Company”, a company founded in the USA in 1905. The film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Julia Roberts. 

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Michael Clayton: Is a dramatic thriller film starring George Clooney (Michael Clayton) as a gambling fixer who works for a prestigious New York law firm. As a ” fixer”, George helps his clients solve difficult situations, usually in an unconventional way.

 

The Accused: After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. The film starred Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis, directed by Jonathan Kaplan and written by Tom Topor.

Men of Honor: Is he story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him. Carl Brashear was born in Kentucky (around 1931), into a family of African American peasants, whose lives have been strongly marked by racism . Mac, Carl’s father, teaches him from a very young age to value perseverance , and to overcome the obstacles that others impose on his dreams. As soon meets the age requirement, Carl enters the Navy , but being black would relegate to the kitchen, but an opportunity manages to impress a captain with his abilities to swim , so it is promoted in the boat lifeguards, a job for whites, which convinces him to seek new horizons within the Navy.

The Paper Chase: Is based on John Jay Osborn “The Paper Chase,” it tells the story of James Hart, a first-year law student at Harvard Law School, his experiences with Professor Charles Kingsfield, a brilliant and demanding contract law instructor, and Hart’s relationship with Kingsfield’s daughter. 

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How to Get Away with Murder: Is an American television series of legal drama created by Peter Nowalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes for the chain ABC. Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entangled in a murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Suits: Is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh for USA Network, featuring Mike Ross a young man with a brilliant mind who has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but an unfortunate incident prevents him from fulfilling it. Naturally intelligent and with an eidetic memory, he makes a living by impersonating others in law school entrance exams. Despite not having a degree and showing up at the interview with a briefcase full of marijuana, Mike manages to impress Harvey, showing him that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law.

The Good Wife: Is an American television series in which the story centers on the character of Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies. Alicia is a mother and wife who must take over the management and support of her family after her husband, Peter Florrick, ( Chris Noth ) – a prominent politician who served as county prosecutor – is removed from office and jailed under the charge of political corruption at the same time that videos documenting that he had sexual relations with prostitutes were released to the public.

Defending Jacob: Is a crime drama television miniseries created by Mark Bomback and directed by Morten Tyldum. The series tells the story of a couple dealing with accusations that their 14-year-old son is a murderer and stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones and, Pablo Schreiber among others. Defending Jacob had a mostly positive response from critics, who praised Evans and Dockery’s performances, as well as the ambiguity and emotional charge.

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