Watching movies is a favorite pastime in our house. And seeing that my wife and I are both lawyers, we enjoy lawyer flicks…. There’s been a lot of them….. Here are six that we enjoyed:
Paul Newman as a down and out medical malpractice lawyer who is hired to pursue a tragic case. Newman takes on a well-paid downtown defense lawyer who pulls out all the tricks after Newman refuses to settle. This one depicts all the ups and downs: the client’s family becomes angry with Newman for not settling, Newman’s expert witness disappears, and yes, finally Newman prevails at trial with the jury coming back with a question that makes it all worthwhile – “Are we limited in the amount of damages we can award?”
Who doesn’t love this one? And Marisa Tomei is not too shabby.
I really enjoyed the first half of the movie. Matthew McConaughey enjoys being a lawyer and does not take himself too seriously while maintaining a sense of righteousness against overzealous prosecutors.... and Marisa Tomei is not too shabby.
I read this book while an undergraduate Boston College student. It features a real life account of a Boston personal injury lawyer (real life: Jan Schlichtman, in the movie, John Travolta) who takes on big corporate companies over chemical dumping that causes leukemia. Like The Verdict, a story of David v. Goliath….. I later met Schlichtman in real life.... Inspiring stuff.
A Few Good Men 1992
And Justice for All 1979 al pacino
The Paper Chase (1973) 1L Harvard
I recall watching these three films at various times while I was in law school and since. The Paper Chase is a must watch for anyone considering law school. To this day, I admire the passion and determination of the characters played by Tom Cruise and Al Pacino.
Admittedly, my list trends towards more recent movies. There’s a lot of great older lawyer movies – what do you like?