Great Lawyer Moviesby moviesIOI | created - 28 Mar 2011 | updated - 28 Mar 2011 | Public
Dramas and thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat where any thing goes down and anyone can be guilty or Innocent, whether they're on the stand or not.
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1. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.
Votes: 187,934 | Gross: $58.01M
Maybe somewhat predictable but the all star cast give epic performances and even though you probably know where the next scene is heading you still want to stay in your seat and watch every minutes of it.
2. Fracture (2007)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.
Votes: 157,837 | Gross: $39.02M
Anthony Hopkins does a crime but doesn't do the time because he plans it so perfectly. You're almost rooting for him to get off scotch free till a scene in the films turns you over to the side of Ryan Gosling who's desperately trying to bust Hopkins for the criminal he is.
3. Primal Fear (1996)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
Votes: 149,475 | Gross: $56.12M
A movie that has made it to practically every list of movies with perfect plots twists, you follow Richard Gere along in a quest for what he believes to be the truth in a murder case involving a presumably innocent Edward Norton.
4. A Time to Kill (1996)
R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 112,106 | Gross: $108.77M
A young black girl brutally attacked and her two white attackers killed by her father. Who's right and who's wrong and should race matter?
5. A Few Good Men (1992)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.
Votes: 201,193 | Gross: $141.34M
A movie that deals with the idea that if doing something wrong ends with a greater good, is that okay? And is said greater good even good to begin with at all? What would Jack probably say? "You Can't Handle the Truth!"
6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
A movie where the focus is not only on the legal case in it, yet the scenes and acting during those particular scenes are deep and emotional leaving audiences with a chill.
7. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
Votes: 90,858 | Gross: $52.93M
Ok, this is more a comedy but still a great legal film.
8. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 195,960 | Gross: $77.32M
Intense emotion, great acting, and one of the deepest plots thought of. Goes just beyond legal drama but of the inner feelings of human beings as well.
9. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Votes: 190,211 | Gross: $170.69M
Yes, yes, the court scene is all the way at the end and probably a half hour long or less, but the whole movie's main idea is the journey there. (Sort of)
10. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Votes: 34,421 | Gross: $2.65M
Come on, being on trial for claiming to be Santa Clause? An epic trial case!!
11. The Firm (1993)
R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.
Votes: 98,163 | Gross: $158.35M
Twists and turns that lead you through a corrupt world of greed. This is probably why lawyers got that bad names of be sharks (among other words....)
12. Liar Liar (1997)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.
Votes: 244,283 | Gross: $181.41M
Yes, this is a legal movie. It is....seriously. Okay so there's some laughs along the way. Just deal with it. The trial scene DOES get pretty deep and emotional so take that!
13. Presumed Innocent (1990)
R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller
As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.
Votes: 32,309 | Gross: $86.30M
When the whole idea of being innocent, even if you really are, can mean less then nothing if all the odds and evidence are against you.
14. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
A movie that proves you don't need state of the art graphics or exotic scenery and destinations. Just dialogue between a group of powerful characters in one room. Simple yet extremely effective.
15. The Conspirator (2010)
PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, History
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Votes: 25,403 | Gross: $11.54M
This movie is a leap of faith since it actually hasn't come out yet but I had saw the trailer and it looks to be very good. Robin Wright is accused as being a conspirator to President Lincoln's death and is given a reluctant James McAvoy for a attorney. Did she do it?
16. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.
The famous trial of those guilty for the holocaust, the movie grips you in more way then one.
17. Legally Blonde (2001)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance
Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.
Votes: 150,418 | Gross: $96.52M
This movie just amazes you because you don't expect it to. Reese Witherspoon shines as a unlikely lawyer in the comedy and shows anyone can be part of the practice.
18. My Sister's Keeper (2009)
PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Family
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.
Votes: 81,581 | Gross: $49.20M
While the movie deal with much deeper issues, it is still interesting to see how the plot pits a young girl against he mother in court on having rights to her own body. It leaves you a little skirmish since you yourself don't even know who's actually right or wrong when the whole story comes to light.
19. The Verdict (1982)
R | 129 min | Drama
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.
Votes: 29,868 | Gross: $54.00M
A story of a lawyer who doesn't choose to take the easy way out but fight for justice and redemption.
20. Erin Brockovich (2000)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Votes: 149,256 | Gross: $125.60M
Based on a true story, when a unlikely heroine played by Julia Roberts decides to attack big business and save too many lives to count unjustly hurt by them.
21. The Accused (1988)
R | 111 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 26,932 | Gross: $32.07M
When justice is blurred and the innocent doesn't look so innocent. Yet the fact is, Jodie Foster is, and is looking for justice against those who raped her....even if others were saying she had been somewhat promiscuous (among other things).
22. Conviction (II) (2010)
R | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Votes: 38,062 | Gross: $6.78M
The bonds between a brother and sister are strengthened as the later works to become a lawyer and free her brother from the punishment of a wrongly accused crime.
23. A Civil Action (1998)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama
The families of children who died, sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyers.
Votes: 24,795 | Gross: $56.70M
When you're on top, you're on top. So don't bother anyone who can push you off. Travolta does just that as he goes after big business who are environmentally hurting people but he his prestigious life the price in return.
24. The Rainmaker (1997)
PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.
Votes: 51,571 | Gross: $45.86M
When two inexperienced men (Damon and DeVito) go against a team of sharks over a dying boy being rejected for a bone marrow transplant.
25. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.
Votes: 12,423 | Gross: $15.45M
Man accused of killing wife. He's rich and so was she. Innocent or guilty? People are thinking the latter but that won't stop a fight from happening to prove otherwise.