Films & TV Shows for Lawyers

some are better than others but all are worth checking out if you're interested in the legal system.
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1.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
2.
Double Indemnity (1944)
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
3.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
4.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
5.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
6.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
7.
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
8.
Michael Clayton (2007)
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A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
 
9.
JFK (1991)
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A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
10.
Runaway Jury (2003)
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A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer. (127 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
11.
Double Jeopardy (1999)
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A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him. (105 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
12.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
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A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. (155 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
13.
The Rainmaker (1997)
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An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent Insurance company. (135 mins.)
 
14.
Primal Fear (1996)
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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
15.
A Time to Kill (1996)
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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
16.
The Client (1994)
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A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family. (119 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
17.
...and justice for all. (1979)
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A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent. (119 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
18.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
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An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. (144 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
19.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute... (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
 
20.
The Firm (1993)
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A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
21.
Compulsion (1959)
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. (103 mins.)
 
22.
Counsel for Crime (1937)
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Law school graduate Paul Maddox, adopted son of Senator Robert Maddox, accepts an offer to join the law firm of William "Bill" Mellon... (61 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
23.
The Trials of Law School (2007 Documentary)
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The Trials of Law School is a fascinating film that follows seven students, with different backgrounds and expectations... (87 mins.)
 
24.
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
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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. (111 mins.)
 
25.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
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A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. (141 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
26.
Les Cousins (1959)
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Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
27.
Sleepers (1996)
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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge. (147 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
28.
The Talk of the Town (1942)
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
29.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
30.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
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Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
31.
The Practice (1997 TV Series)
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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm. (60 mins.)
 
32.
Boston Legal (2004 TV Series)
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. (44 mins.)
 
33.
Ally McBeal (1997 TV Series)
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Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy... (45 mins.)
 
34.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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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. (131 mins.)
 
35.
I Am Sam (2001)
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A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
 
36.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with AIDS 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. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
37.
Legally Blonde (2001)
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When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
38.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
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Elle Woods heads to Washington D.C. to join the staff of a congresswoman in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing. (95 mins.)
 
39.
Liar Liar (1997)
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A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
40.
Drop Dead Diva (2009 TV Series)
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A vapid aspiring model killed in a car crash gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty. (60 mins.)
 
41.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
 
42.
The Verdict (1982)
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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
43.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
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When the female deputy prosecutor R.K. Sabich had an affair with is murdered, he is chosen to lead the investigation. However, when he digs too deeply, he finds himself framed for the murder. (127 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
44.
The Accused (1949)
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A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing. (101 mins.)
 
45.
The Paper Chase (1973)
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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. (113 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
46.
The Paradine Case (1947)
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A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending. (125 mins.)
 
47.
Force of Evil (1948)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
 
48.
Rumpole of the Bailey (1978 TV Series)
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister. (60 mins.)
“ [UK] Grumpy but endearing old barrister. Witty dialogue. ” - westward7
 
49.
The Escape Artist (2013 Mini-Series)
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A junior barrister specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. (180 mins.)
“ David Tennant (Dr. Who) stars as Will Burton, a talented lawyer who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the notorious prime suspect in an horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results, not to mention a shocking twist in the tale. ” - westward7
 
50.
Silk (2011 TV Series)
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A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk. (60 mins.)
“ A series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk. (UK, BBC) ” - westward7
 
51.
The Brief (2004 TV Series)
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Henry Farmer is a clever criminal law barrister whose every day is a juggling act between surviving his messy personal life and pleading cases only he can win. (90 mins.)
“ Alan Davies stars as Henry Farmer, a criminal practice barrister engaged in an ongoing fight for justice in the courtroom. (UK drama) ” - westward7
 
52.
Matlock (1986 TV Series)
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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer. (60 mins.)
 
53.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
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A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator. (60 mins.)
“ Glenn Close stars as an indomitable female attorney and heads one of the most powerful law firms in in NYC. ” - westward7
 
54.
Close & True (2000 TV Series)
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A well meaning but inexperienced solicitor takes over a run down Newcastle legal practice.
Director: Renny Rye
“ [iTV, UK]
Robson Green stars as John Close, a successful commercial lawyer who returns to his hometown of Newcastle to take over a run-down legal aid practice. ” - westward7
 
55.
Fracture (2007)
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An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute. (113 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute. ” - westward7
 
56.
The Accused (1988)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal 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. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ After a young woman suffers a brutal 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. ” - westward7
 
57.
Compulsion (1959)
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. (103 mins.)
“ Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. ” - westward7
 
58.
They Won't Forget (1937)
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A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. (95 mins.)
“ A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. ” - westward7
 
59.
A Civil Action (1998)
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The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer. (115 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
“ The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer. ” - westward7
 
60.
Murder One (1995 TV Series)
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Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully... (60 mins.)
“ Legal drama set in Los Angeles. A forgotten gem. ” - westward7