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The Best Movies Based on John Grisham Books  

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List Rules Only movies based on novels by John Grisham.

No one writes a legal thriller for the masses quite like John Grisham. There are several John Grisham books made into movies and one film (The Gingerbread Man) based on one of his unpublished manuscripts. It’s time to reach a verdict and vote up which are the best John Grisham movies. What John Grisham adaptation will make it to the top of the list? Will it be The Firm or one of his more recent adaptations?

The former lawyer hit paydirt with his second legal thriller The Firm when it became the bestselling novel of 1991. It was a no-brainer for that John Grisham book to be turned into a movie. The movie became a massive box office success, solidified Tom Cruise as one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and caught the attention of Hollywood producers looking to capitalize on taut thrillers with a built-in audience. The films below are listed with the years they were released so you can either watch them in chronological order or in order of popularity.

John Grisham movies have always attracted A-List talent. Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Susan Sarandon are just a few of the actors who have starred in his movie adaptations. Additionally, legendary directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Altman have helmed John Grisham movies.

Check out all the films on this John Grisham movie list. Then vote up your favorites and always be on the look out for new John Grisham movies.

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The Firm is based on the novel of the same name.

The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that was adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, + more

Released: 1993

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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Runaway Jury is based on the novel The Runaway Jury.

Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The Runaway Jury. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, John Cusack, Jennifer Beals, + more

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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A Time to Kill is based on the novel of the same name.

This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey star, with Oliver Platt, Ashley Judd, Kiefer and Donald Sutherland, and Patrick McGoohan appearing in supporting roles. Set in Canton, Mississippi, the film involves a young girl and an involving plot. The film was a critical and commercial success, making nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, + more

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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The Client is based on the novel of the same name.

The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney (Susan Sarandon) to protect him when the District Attorney (Tommy Lee Jones) tries to use him to take down a mob family. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, William H. Macy, Brad Renfro, + more

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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