After a busy Fall semester, the cold weather and winter break are finally here. Whether you are staying local or returning home, you’re probably ready to sit on the couch, put on that sleeved blanket your aunt gave you a few holiday seasons ago, and relax. If your favorite video streaming service doesn’t already have queue or watch list filled up, you may be fretting over what to watch. Fear not! Below are some suggestions of law or legal themed movies for your viewing pleasure.
Each movie on the list below made it on two or more “top” lists of legal or law related movies. You can relax and munch on some popcorn while still technically keeping your brain at least a little bit fresh with legalese.
Some of these films are available for subscribers of video streaming services. However, if you are not a subscriber of such services, or prefer using the DVD player or VCR; your favorite law library has everything you need! Click on the hyperlinked title of each movie to find out its availability.
- A Few Good Men (1992)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
- 12 Angry Men (1957)
- Philadelphia (1993)
- Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
- Erin Brockovich (2000)
- Michael Clayton (2008)
- My Cousin Vinny (1992)
- The Paper Chase (1973)
- The Verdict (1982)
- And Justice for All (1979)
- Inherit the Wind (1960)
- Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
- A Civil Action (1998)
- Amistad (1997)
- Chicago (2002)
- In the Name of the Father (1993)
- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
- Legally Blonde (2001)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Presumed Innocent (1990)
- Primal Fear (1996)
- The Caine Mutiny (1954)
- The Rainmaker (1997)
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
- Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Aside from the movies listed above, and our popular reading collection, the law library also houses many other legal and non-legal related movies, documentaries, and even a few seasons of television series. We want to provide our patrons access to fun and lighthearted material when there is time for a break from studies. Enjoy!
Adam Banner, Best Legal Movies of All Time, THE OKLAHOMA LEGAL GROUP (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:40 AM), http://www.oklahomalegalgroup.com/oklahoma-criminal-defense/best-legal-movies-of-all-time .
Richard Brust, The 25 Greatest Legal Movies, THE ABA JOURNAL (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:20 AM), http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_25_greatest_legal_movies/ .
Evan Jones, The Best Legal Movies That Every Law Student Should Watch, LAWSCHOOLI (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:22 AM), http://lawschooli.com/best-law-school-movies/ .
Aditya Singhal, Top Ten Movies for Law Students, THE STUDENT APPEAL (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:34 AM), https://thestudentappeal.com/lawschool/movies-for-law-students .
Adam Vallbacka, Top 20 best Law/Court Drama movies or court scenes, IMDB (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:27 AM), http://www.imdb.com/list/ls050010661/ .
Staci Zaretsky, The Best Legal Movies of All Time, ABOVE THE LAW (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:22 AM), http://abovethelaw.com/2014/02/the-best-legal-movies-of-all-time/ .
Cinema’s Best Law Movies, MOVIE REVIEW QUERY ENGINE (Dec. 07, 2014, 9:36 AM), http://www.mrqe.com/lists/law-movies/cinemas-best-law-movies.