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The Best Movies About Lawyers

Updated September 30, 2020 3.6k votes 656 voters 59.6k views42 items

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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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    A Few Good Men
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Time to Kill
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    My Cousin Vinny
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    My Cousin Vinny

    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci

    Released1992

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American comedy film written by Dale Launer and directed by Jonathan... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Inherit the Wind
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    Inherit the Wind

    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Primal Fear
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Philadelphia
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Lincoln Lawyer
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    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Furman

    The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Verdict
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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Reversal of Fortune
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    Reversal of Fortune

    Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons

    Released1990

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

    Reversal of Fortune is a 1990 film adapted from the 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Devil’s Advocate
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    The Devil’s Advocate

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    Breaker Morant
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    Breaker Morant

    Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown

    Released1980

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian film about the 1902 court martial of Breaker Morant,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Witness for the Prosecution
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Civil Action
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Anatomy of a Murder
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott

    Released1959

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Young Mr. Lincoln
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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Runaway Jury
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    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Compulsion
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    Compulsion

    Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell

    Released1959

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Compulsion is a 1959 American crime drama film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Legally Blonde
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Judgment at Nuremberg
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judy Garland, William Shatner

    Released1961

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust and with the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Paper Chase
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    The Paper Chase

    Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann

    Released1973

    Directed byJames Bridges

    The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    In the Name of the Father
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    In the Name of the Father

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Young Philadelphians
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    Young Philadelphians

    Paul Newman, Robert Vaughn

    Released1959

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    The Young Philadelphians is a 1959 drama film starring Paul Newman, Barbara Rush and Alexis... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ghosts of Mississippi
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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    A Man for All Seasons
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    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles

    Released1966

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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