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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The 25 Greatest Legal Movies

Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

This is off-topic but I am a Legal Secretary and this is my blog so I thought I'd throw you a movie-related post today! (I do love a good film, don't you?)

The August 2008 issue of the
ABA Journal (American Bar Association) has a fun article called The 25 Greatest Legal Movies. The Journal polled 12 "prominent lawyers" who teach film or are connected to the film industry to select what they regard as the best movies ever made about lawyers and the law. Together, the films represent 31 Oscars. Quite impressive!

There are several I have never seen (and now want to), but some of my all-time favorites are in there such as #1, #3, and #21.

The 25 Greatest Legal Movies
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. 12 Angry Men
  3. My Cousin Vinny
  4. Anatomy of a Murder
  5. Inherit the Wind
  6. Witness for the Prosecution
  7. Breaker Morant
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Erin Brockovich
  10. The Verdict
  11. Presumed Innocent
  12. Judgment at Nuremberg
  13. A Man for all Seasons
  14. A Few Good Men
  15. Chicago
  16. Kramer v. Kramer
  17. The Paper Chase
  18. Reversal of Fortune
  19. Compulsion
  20. And Justice For All
  21. In the Name of the Father
  22. A Civil Action
  23. Young Mr. Lincoln
  24. Amistad
  25. Miracle on 34th Street

Anyone else out there a fan of legal cinema??


Rosemary said...

I'm sure someone had a cup of tea in one of those legal movies! Who can find the tea swilling actor/actress in one of these great legal movies? There Denise, it's not off topic.

Hi! My name is Denise and I live in said...
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Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

LOL Thanks, Nancy! Quick thinking! (Must be all that leftover fairy dust!) :-)

buttaro said...

Well, I'm an attorney & anytime I can combine tea & the law - yeah! There really are some great movies on the list: My Cousin Vinny is one of my all time favorites, probably because we watched it the night before the 2nd day of the Bar Exam. Another is Amistad. Caught it on cable a few years ago & was pleasantly surprised at what a great movie it was. I can't recall for sure, but there may be some tea drinking. Have to watch it again now - with a pot of tea, of course - and see who the tea drinker was!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Patricia, how nice to see you here! We *love* "My Cousin Vinny" -it's one of those movies we can watch time and time again and still roll over in laughter. Some great strategies in it, as well! We have Amistad on DVD but haven't watched it yet. You've inspired me now to do so. Thank you!

Angela McRae said...

Yes, indeed, I love the legal movies as well! Thanks for the list!

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