The Best Legal Drama Movies

The kiss in front of the mirror – When a renowned doctor kills his unfaithful wife, he is defended by his best friend, a lawyer, who suspects that his own wife may be having an affair. Duration: 69 minutes Director: James Whale Stars: Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Paul Lukas Watch the movie: The kiss in front of the mirror Sorkin`s first brilliant legal drama is about the abuse and secrecy at Guantanamo Bay that led to the illegal death of a young soldier, but in reality, it`s almost entirely about Jack Nicholson`s role as Screamin` Colonel Jessup. Here is an anecdote. Rob Reiner`s 1992 legal thriller A Few Good Men sees the Navy`s reluctant lawyer, Lt. David Kaffee (Tom Cruise), appointed to defend two Marines court-martialed for the murder of another Marine at the U.S. Navy`s Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. Accompanied by Navy investigator Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), it turns out that the accused Marines acted under the orders of the “Code Red”, a kind of vague ritual issued by the victim`s commander, Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). In A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson also plays Kendrick`s superior, Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, who utters the film`s immortal phrase, “You can`t handle the truth!” The late Chadwick Boseman was the baron of the 2010s biopic, playing Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get on Up) and Thurgood Marshall in just four years. He brings a different physicality to each role, turning Marshall into a flash of performance.

The film chronicles an early career case of the future Supreme Court justice, when he was an NAACP lawyer who killed a black driver (Sterling K. Brown), who was falsely accused of rape by his white employer (Kate Hudson). It`s one of those adult dramas that we now consider “old-fashioned,” but it`s not a blow: despite some simplistic characterizations, Marshall is a gripping legal saga aided by Boseman`s worthy turn. A legal drama doesn`t have to focus on court scenes to be satisfying. Civil lawsuits also exist, and Erin Brockovich is a crackling thriller about the law and lawyers, as well as a character study and a breakup of Corporate America. Steven Soderbergh`s film is probably best known for Julia Roberts` Oscar-winning performance and her cheeky, vicious and utterly endearing real-life portrayal of the eponymous paralegal aide exposing environmental negligence and cover-up by California`s largest electric and gas utility. It`s also a sunny investigation into how companies knowingly poison people and do nothing about it, and the kind of bravery and tenacity it takes to bring them down. The legal drama over the court-martial of two US Marines accused of murdering a colleague, and the difficulties of their lawyers as they take on the military establishment.

Unfortunately, there are very few good resources for those interested in avocado movies. That`s why we decided to compile a list of the best lawyer films in chronological order, dating back to the 1930s. Not only will you come across courtroom classics, but you`ll also discover a large number of legal films you`ve never heard of before! This seemingly forgotten legal thriller from the eighties is a classic of the genre; Written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct) as a modern version of Anatomy of a Murder, Glenn Close plays a litigator who refuses to take on the case of a man (a young and inscrutable Jeff Bridges) accused of brutally murdering his wife. The reason she`s unsure is that she can`t decide whether he did it or not, which goes a long way toward escalating tension — both sexual and legal — as plot points get thick and quick to make you guess a very satisfying twist. Nuremberg verdict – In this 1948 court drama, a U.S. court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. Running time: 186 minutes Director: Stanley Kramer Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark Watch the movie: Judgment at Nuremberg In The Firm, directed by Sydney Pollack and based on John Grisham`s legal thriller, a young lawyer named Mitch McDeere (played by Tom Cruise) joins a renowned small law firm. Although McDeere is initially honored to be part of the company, he soon learns with the help of a receptionist played by Holly Hunter that there is more to it than one might think, and that the company is involved in money laundering for the Mafia. Perhaps one of the reasons courtroom dramas are so reliable is that these films, just like a court case, follow an age-old protocol. Whether plaintiff or defendant, we are on the side of a courageous upstart who needs the help of a trained legal hand to fight injustice. This crime drama, directed by Richard Fleischer, tells the story of two sociopathic students, Artie Straus (played by Bradford Dillman) and Judd Steiner (played by Dean Stockwell). Artie and Judd are in serious trouble after committing murder to commit a flawless crime.

They leave a crucial piece of evidence and are arrested for what they have done. Legal dramas have been a frequent topic in film and television for decades. Here are the best courtroom movies, according to IMDb. Erin Brockovich – Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother, gets a job as a legal assistant and brings down a California energy company accused of polluting a city`s water almost entirely by itself. Duration: 131 minutes Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin Watch the movie: Erin Brockovich Primal Fear is a startling drama that explores the intersection of crime and mental illness as Richard Gere`s lawyer tackles a new case in which Edward Norton`s character is defended for murder. McDeere finds himself in a traffic jam when the FBI contacts him to gather evidence of his colleagues` actions. As a result, he must choose to do what is best in the eyes of the law and make the decision that keeps him alive. Let`s put that aside: The Devil`s Advocate is a wild movie. It alternates between a slow-burning legal drama with a crime thriller and a supernatural horror plot. It is also very difficult not to spoil because the revelation is part of his glorious madness. Keanu Reeves plays a young Florida lawyer named Kevin Lomax who can`t and won`t lose a case and acquits even the most heinous criminals.

He is invited to come to New York and help a popular law firm with jury selection, and is eventually recruited by the firm run by the mysterious John Milton of Al Pacino. The title really says everything you need to know who this “John Milton” is and soon very scary things happen to Kevin and his wife (Charlize Theron). But what you might forget about The Devil`s Advocate is how legal it is, amid all of Pacino`s screams. The grueling effect a slow trial has on defendants has rarely been as striking as Jim Sheridan`s Irish classic In the Name of the Father. Amid tensions between the IRA and the British Army during the 1974 Belfast riots, the film tells the true story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his father Patrick (Pete Postlethwaite) and their fifteen years of illegal imprisonment. It is annoying to observe the forced confessions, lack of evidence and general incompetence that prolong the father-son duo`s sentence. Day-Lewis was at an interesting time in his career when his unprecedented dedication had a heartbeat, but Postlethwaite manages to raise it with his unwavering protest of innocence. It has become a classic courtroom movie since its release and is an easier option for most courtroom dramas. Paolo Alfar is a freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. His passion for cinema is accidental when he designed a cinema in his childhood.

From then on, his penchant for cinema grew. And Leo DiCaprio`s epic “Blood Diamond” kind of sparked that passion. Follow him on Letterboxd at Paolo_the_TPS. One of Grisham`s best adaptations, The Rainmaker, is directed by Francis Ford Coppola with absolute sincerity. Matt Damon plays the deliciously serious Rudy Baylor, a recent graduate of the University of Memphis who is the ultimate underdog.