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Our Picks for Best Legal Flicks

Film Synopses were taken from Baseline TV/Film/Theater Credits source available on the LexisNexis® services.

To Kill A Mockingbird—Drama—In 1932 Alabama, a widowed lawyer with two small children defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Judgment at Nuremburg—Drama—A fictionalized version of the 1948 trial of Nazi leaders for crimes against humanity.

The Verdict—Drama—An Alcoholic attorney accepts a challenging case and delivers a sobering defense.

Twelve Angry Men—Drama—In what seems to be an open-and-shut murder case, twelve jurors slowly begin to take serious interpretation of the "beyond a reasonable doubt" clause, and over the course of an hour and a half on a hot New York summer day debate their impending verdict.

Inherit The Wind—Drama—True story of a Tennessee schoolteacher who went on trial in 1925 for teaching Darwin's theories.

Witness For The Prosecution—Drama—An old, sickly British barrister, urged to retire by his live-in nurse and his doctors, finds a new murder case hard to resist and decides to step into the courtroom again to defend a man accused of killing a wealthy widow for her money.

Anatomy Of A Murder—Drama—A defense lawyer takes on a case of a man accused of murdering a bartender who apparently raped his wife.

The Paper Chase—Drama—Mr. Hart learns just how difficult law school can be at the hands of the austere Professor Kingsfield.

Adam’s Rib—Comedy—A happily-married, middle-aged husband and wife strain their marriage while serving as trial attorneys on opposite sides of the same headline-making attempted murder-marital case (he as the prosecutor, she as the defender).

A Few Good Men—Thriller/Drama—Story about a Navy lawyer's struggle to uncover the truth about a court martial.

Suspect—Thriller/Drama—A Washington, D.C. public defender works with a lobbyist juror to prove a defendant is innocent.

A Time to Kill—Drama—Changing times in the American South offer hard-earned lessons to a man avenging his daughter’s brutal assault, the defense attorney representing him, and the attorney’s assistant.

First Monday in October—Comedy—It’s a battle of the sexes when Supreme Court

justices Jill Clayburgh and Walter Matthau square off.

The Rainmaker—Drama—A young law student takes on a case against the insurance industry when an indigent family's son dies after being denied medical care.

Liar, Liar—Comedy—A pathologically lying lawyer desperately tries to grant his son's wish that he tell the truth for a 24-hour period.

Legally Blonde—Comedy—Law school is a far cry from the comforts of a poolside and the mall, but this determined young lady must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself, and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities every day.

My Cousin Vinny—Comedy—A clumsy and amateurish New York lawyer takes on the case of his young cousin and a friend who have been charged with murder in a small Southern town.

Trial and Error—Comedy—A contempt-of-court comedy about an actor who poses as an attorney to defend a man on trial for fraud. When a bachelor party leaves Charlie a babbling mess on the morning of a career-making-or-breaking legal appearance, his best friend, an out-of-work actor named Richard, takes the law into his own hands.

Just Cause—Thriller/Drama—A brutal murder is committed in the Florida Everglades. Eight years later, a principled Harvard law professor tries to save the convicted man on Death Row who swears he's innocent of that crime.

Primal Fear—Drama—Arrogant, brilliant and successful, criminal defense attorney Martin Vail loves a good fight and the media spotlight, both of which he knowingly invites when he volunteers to represent a penniless, bewildered young man accused of murder.

True Believer—Drama—Courtroom drama about a young lawyer and an older 1960s activist lawyer who team up to free a man jailed for a murder he did not commit.

The Firm—Drama—A Harvard Law School grad discovers that the law firm he has recently joined is run by the Mafia.

Philadelphia—Drama—An up-and-coming lawyer fired by his prestigious law firm says he's been fired because he has AIDS, and hires a fierce personal-injury attorney to represent him as he sues his former firm for wrongful termination.

Class Action—Drama—A female corporate lawyer faces off in court against her liberal public-defender father on a case involving faulty car manufacturing.



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