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Movies for Entertainment and Inspiration!

Posted by Library Blog on 05/11/2012 at 10:29 AM

Take a break this summer from your work and studies to watch a movie with a legal theme (what else!).  Hopefully you will be entertained or even inspired! 

Two years ago the National Jurist magazine published a list of the top 20 movies for law students.  Several of the movies are based upon a best-selling novel.  The movies are:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Kramer v. Kramer
  • Michael Clayton
  • The Accused
  • The Verdict
  • Inherit the Wind
  • The Paper Chase
  • Erin Brockovich
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Murder in the First
  • And Justice for All
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Class Action
  • A Few Good Men
  • The Firm
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • A Time to Kill
  • North Country


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tops just about everyone’s list of best legal movies and novels of all time.  In 2011, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction was created.  The Prize is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society.  The inaugural Prize was awarded to best-selling author John Grisham for his novel The Confession.

If you aspire to be an attorney like Atticus Finch, check out In Search of Atticus Finch: a Motivational Book for Lawyers by Mike Papantonio (KF298 .P37 1997).