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The Best Movies About Lawyers

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A courtroom drama and other movies with lawyers in them can be quite riveting. Movies about lawyers and attorneys are some of the most suspenseful, thought-provoking films in the industry! There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a mystery, an act of crime, and the months that go into a trial. We love movies that feature an in your face kind of famous lawyer who will bring up questions we never even thought to ask!

The lawyer movies on this list feature some of the greatest attorneys in all of film. Who can forget Jack Nicholson's  "you can't handle the truth!" or the tenacity of Erin Brockovich? You might also like funny lawyer movies like My Cousin Vinny.

This list has the best movies about lawyers, including classic lawyer movies: A Few Good Men, The Devil’s Advocate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Philadelphia, The Verdict, A Time to Kill, Presumed Innocent, The Firm and Kramer vs. Kramer.

Vote up your favorite lawyer movies you love.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The...  more

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    My Cousin Vinny

    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci
    My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American comedy film written by Dale Launer and directed by Jonathan...  more

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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore
    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play...  more

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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey
    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,...  more

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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman
    The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck...  more

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere
    Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of...  more

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington
    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to...  more

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    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei
    The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more
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    Inherit the Wind

    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly
    Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name,...  more

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    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman
    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom...  more
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    The Accused

    Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis
    The Accused is a 1988 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, loosely based on the...  more
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    The Devil’s Advocate

    Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino
    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's...  more

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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel...  more

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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall
    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more
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    Liar Liar

    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly
    Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by...  more

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    In the Name of the Father

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson
    In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film...  more
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    The Paper Chase

    Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann
    The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman,...  more

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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg
    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec...  more

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    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman
    Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John...  more

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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
    Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in...  more

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    ...And Justice for All

    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson
    ...And Justice for All is a 1979 courtroom drama film, directed by Norman Jewison, and...  more
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott
    This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and...  more

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    The Rainmaker

    Matt Damon, Claire Danes
    The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and...  more

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    Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell
    Compulsion is a 1959 American crime drama film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film is...  more
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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond
    Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President...  more