The Best Movies About Female Lawyers

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Vote up your favorite films that feature women who know and practice the law.

These female lawyer movies prove that men aren't the only ones who can be sharks in the courtroom. Whether it's a complicated procedural case like the one at the center of Erin Brokovich, or an empowerment story like Legally Blonde, these ladies are providing more examples of how women can thrive as attorneys. The greatest female lawyer movies range from small-town courtroom dramas all the way to the Supreme Court.

Of course, we know that there are no shortage of high-powered women in law, many of whom make their way to politics. Women like Hilary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor are just a few of the real-world examples of women taking control in the courtroom.

So vote for your favorite female lawyer movies and check back to see which one makes it to the top of the list. Feel free to add any that aren't on the list!


  • Legally Blonde
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    Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him (Matthew Davis) from proposing: She is too blond. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.

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  • A Time to Kill
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    Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) is a heartbroken black father who avenges his daughter's brutal rape by shooting the bigoted men responsible for the crime as they are on their way to trial. He turns to Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey), an untested lawyer, to defend him. Brigance struggles to believe that he can get Hailey acquitted in this small, segregated Southern town, given Hailey's race and the deliberate nature of his crimes, but Carl has unshakable faith in him.

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  • Saint Judy
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    Saint Judy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Hanish, based on Judy Wood. The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan), and how she single-handedly changed the U.S. law of asylum to save women's lives.
  • The Accused
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    Out drinking one night after a fight with her boyfriend, Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) is brutally raped by three men in a bar while people watch and cheer. District Attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) takes the case, however allows the rapists to receive a mild sentence. A distraught Sarah decides to seek punishment for the men who witnessed and encouraged the rape. To get justice, Sarah must take the stand and revisit the night of her attack in this drama based on true events.

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