Top 25 Lawyer Movies

1) To Kill A Mockingbird- The Lesson Of Compromise
Small-town Alabama, 1932. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbours, the Radleys, and the mysterious, seldom-seen Boo Radley in particular. In this scene, Atticus Finch teaches his daughter Scout the lesson of compromise.

2) The Rainmaker - Rudy's Closing Argument
Rudy Baylor is a young attorney fresh out of law school and struggling to make ends meet in Memphis, Tennessee. Rudy hang a shingle and manages to get just one case before finding himself on the verge of bankruptcy. The case involves a young man named Donnie who died from leukemia after having his claim for benefits and a bone marrow transplant denied by a large insurance company. Rudy files a claim against the insurer for acting in bad faith on behalf of Donnie's family and finds himself against staggering odds with a team of devious defense attorneys on the other side. In this emotional scene Rudy gives his closing argument to the jury and lets Donnie explain his side of the story from the grave.

3) And Justice For All - Closing Courtroom Scene
When idealistic and crafty defense attorney Arthur Kirkland is blackmailed into defending a Judge accused of rape, he has a crisis of conscience. In this final dramatic scene, Arthur snaps and cannot bring himself to tell the jury that his client is innocent.

4) Runaway Jury
When a man is murdered in an office shooting, a large gun manufacturer is sued for gross negligence and brings in a master jury consultant, Rankin Finch (Gene Hackman), to manipulate and blackmail the jury into a defense verdict. However, it soon becomes apparent that someone else is already pulling the jury's strings, and Finch must decide between paying them for the verdict he wants or trying to take back control for himself.

5) A Few Good Men- You Can't Handle the Truth
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee is a criminal defense lawyer in the United States Navy who has a reputation for taking the path of least resistance and always settling cases. When two young Marines are accused of murdering their platoon mate, Private Santiago, on their base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Kaffee is assigned to defend them. The Marines claim that they were ordered to rough-up Santiago in an effort to motivate him into becoming a better Marine. In this dramatic final scene, Kaffee cross examines the Marines' commanding officer in an effort to coax him into admitting that he had indeed given the order for Santiago to be attacked.

6) The Verdict - A Fair Trial
Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is down on his luck, drunken plaintiff's lawyer on the verge of disbarment after being falsely accused of jury tampering and in the middle of a Medical Malpractice trial. After turning down a sizable settlement offer and instead opting for a trial Frank finds himself in front of judge is friendly to defendants, and has sabotaged his case at every turn. In this scene Frank has had enough of the judge's meddling and decides it's time to fight back.

7) A Civil Action - End Scene
Jan Schlickmann (Travolta) is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and his clients' goals, in order to continue the case against all odds. This scene briefly explains the appeals process.

8) My Cousin Vinny- The Defense is Wrong
When his cousin is wrongly accused of murder, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, a slick talking street wise lawyer from New York, heads to the Alabama to try his first case after passing the Bar. After finding himself on the wrong side of a hanging judge, and almost blowing the case, Vinny hits his stride and turns the tide in his favor. In the final scene of this comedic classic, Vinny enlists the help of his fiancé, Mona Lisa Vito, as his automotive expert witness.

9) Philadelphia - Excellent Lawyer
Andrew Beckett, a gay, HIV positive lawyer, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract HIV from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. This scene describes an excellent lawyer and what Andrew loves about the law.

10) Erin Brokovich- A Lame Ass Offer
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mom who loses a personal injury case after being injured in a car accident with a local doctor and she finds herself working as an assistant to her attorney. While working on a real estate transaction Erin discovers that her firm's client and everyone in the client's town has been exposed to high levels of chromium water pollution from a large California power plant. Erin makes proving the case her personal mission. In this scene Erin is insulted by a low-ball offer from the power company's attorneys.

11) The Paper Chase- Classroom scene
As a first-year law student at Harvard, James Hart knows he's got his work cut out for him. But things get harder than he anticipated when he runs afoul of the school's dreaded contracts professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. Wry and imposing, Kingsfield drives many of the lesser students to drop out, but James endures and, as if begging for more trouble, begins dating the professor's daughter, Susan. This scene describes a medical malpractice case.

12) Amistad- John Quincy Adams Addresses Supreme Court
Based on the true story of America's slave trade, the film shows the saga of an 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship, Amistad. Much of the story revolves a courtroom drama as lawyers for the slaves seek their freedom and return home. The case is a watershed moment for America-Spain relations, and reveals the political machinations as it holds repercussions on the North-South conflict eventually leading to America's Civil War.

13) Chicago- Tap Dancing Around the Witness
Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

14) Miracle on 34th Street- In God We Trust
Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus? In this scene, the judge describes the idea of the government being rooted in God and that Santa Claus, does indeed exist.

15) Primal Fear- How Can You Do What You Do?
An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a "third person" in the room during the murder. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime and what really happened... This scene describes the idea of being innocent until proven guilty.

16) The People v. Larry Flynt- Supreme Court
Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

17) A Time to Kill- Closing Argument
Jake Brigance, young white lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who brutally sexually assaulted his 10 year old daughter. In the process Jake loses everything but doesn't give up and is determined to prove the accused not guilty.

18) Class Action- Trailer
Jed Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect on his life after the accident. He must replace the current attorney and be ready for trial quickly, and then he finds that the defense attorney will be his estranged daughter.

19) The Accused- On the Stand
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.

20) Legally Blonde- Cross Examination
Elle Woods, a first year law student, applies to Harvard Law to be near her boyfriend. When the boyfriend dumps her and she struggles to adjust to life as a law student, Elle begins to doubt her ability to succeed as an attorney. Elle finds her voice when a sorority sister stands accused of murdering her husband and asks Elle for help in mounting a defense. In the final scene Elle uncovers the truth about the murder with her specialized knowledge of hair care products.

21) The Firm- No Associate has ever failed the bar exam
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

22) The Lincoln Lawyer- Cross Examination
Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his.

23) Michael Clayton- Trailer
Michael Clayton is Mr. Fix-It for his law firm, Kenner, Back and Ledeen. A former District Attorney, Clayton uses his contacts in the police and the criminal justice system to bail out the firm's wealthy corporate clients. When one of the firm's senior partners, Arthur Edens, has a nervous breakdown while taking a deposition in a lawsuit against a major agrochemicals company, Clayton is dispatched to bring him home. What Clayton soon learns is Edens not only has doubts about defending the lawsuit but that the company may be acting on its own to ensure a positive outcome.

24) Presumed Innocent- Courtroom Scene
When a female D.A. is killed, the D.A. assigns his assistant to handle the investigation. Only problem is that he was having an affair with her. And the evidence reveals that he is the killer. So he suspects that the man who wants his boss' job is trying to frame him. He turns to Sandy Stern a highly celebrated defense attorney to represent him.

25) "Kramer vs. Kramer"
"Kramer vs. Kramer" is about a man whose wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. When the wife comes back to try and gain custody of their son, a heated custody battle ensues. Click on the link below to see number 25, or click here to see the full Top 25 Countdown list /The-Lighter-Side-of-the-Law/Top-25-Lawyer-Movies.shtml