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Law movies
And Justice For All (1979)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A lawyer fed up with his country's legal red tape must defend a corrupt judge charged with rape.
Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Craig T. Nelson. Directed by Norman Jewison.
Categories:  Drama  Ethics  Advocacy

Law movies
Chamber, The (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A young lawyer feels impelled to defend his grandfather, a Mississippi death row inmate, convicted years ago of a racially-motivated bombing.
Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, Bo Jackson. Directed by James Foley.
Categories:  Advocacy  Criminal Law  Racism

Law movies
Chicago (2002)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A Chicago chorus girl in the 1920s shoots her deceptive lover and ends up on Murderess Row, where she meets a fellow musical convict.
Cast: RenĂ©e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly. Directed by Rob Marshall.
Categories:  Musical  Advocacy  Criminal Law

Law movies
Civil Action, A (1999)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: True story of a personal injury lawyer who risks everything to represent the families of children that died of leukemia as a result of the toxic waste dumped by a nearby corporation.
Cast: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub, William H. Macy, Zeljko Ivanek, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Kathleen Quinlan. Directed by Steven Zaillian.
Categories:  Environmental  Civil Procedure  Advocacy

Law movies
Clarence Darrow (1974)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  81 min. 
Plot: A videotaped production of Henry Fonda's stage performance as Clarence Darrow, one of the 20th century's foremost trial lawyers, in the one-man play.
Cast: Henry Fonda. Directed by John Houseman.
Categories:  Television  Criminal Procedure  Advocacy

Law movies
Class Action (1991)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: An attorney suing an automobile manufacturer over a safety problem discovers his estranged daughter is representing the defense.
Cast: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Directed by Michael Apted.
Categories:  Advocacy  Conflict  Ethics

Law movies
Compulsion (1959)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. B&W
Plot: Clarence Darrow defends two wealthy Chicago teenagers in this drama based on the true story about the 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder case.
Cast: Orson Welles, Bradford Dillman, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Martin Milner, E.G. Marshall. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Juvenile  Advocacy

Law movies
Cry In The Dark, A (1989)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: A mother witnesses a dingo carrying of her infant in the Australian outback, only to have herself accused of the infant's murder by the police and the media.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, Lauren Shepherd. Directed by Fred Schepisi.
Categories:  Advocacy  Drama  Witness

Law movies
Deliberate Intent (2000)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: Rod Smolla, a First Amendment scholar, is recruited to sue a company that published a how-to manual for hitmen.
Cast: Timothy Hutton, Ron Rifkin, Clark Johnson, Penny Johnson, Cliff DeYoung, Kenneth Walsh, James McDaniel. Directed by Andy Wolk.
Categories:  Constitutional  Action  Advocacy

Law movies
Devil and Daniel Webster, The (1941)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: A 19th-century New England farmer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for seven years of prosperity. When the devil tries to collect, the farmer insists on a trial, with Daniel Webster defending him.
Cast: Edward Arnold, Walter Hutson, James Craig, Anne Shirley, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, Gene Lockhart. Directed by William Dieterle.
Categories:  Advocacy  Ethics  SciFi/Fantasy

Law movies
Devil's Advocate (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  144 min. 
Plot: A defense attorney who has never lost a case is invited to work for a N.Y. law firm ruled by a founder the attorney suspects is more than he seems.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron. Directed by Taylor Hackford.
Categories:  Advocacy  Ethics  SciFi/Fantasy

Law movies
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another.
Cast: Rebecca De Mornay, Don Johnson, Jack Warden. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Advocacy  Drama  Criminal Law

Law movies
Judge, The (1949)
Rated:  NR  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  69 min. B&W
Plot: A hotshot criminal lawyer blackmails a client into participating in a plan to murder the lawyer's cheating wife and her lover.
Cast: Milburn Stone, Katherine deMille, Paul Guilfoyle. Directed by Elmer Clifton.
Categories:  Justice  Criminal Law  Advocacy

Law movies
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. B&W
Plot: A lawyer who clawed his way out of the slums finds himself defending an underprivileged teen accused of murder, making the case that the boy is more a victim of society than a cold-hearted killer.
Cast: John Derek, Humphrey Bogart, Susan Perry, Arlene Roberts, George Macready. Directed by Nicholas Ray.
Categories:  Advocacy  Criminal Law  Juvenile

Law movies
Last Dance (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A young lawyer is assigned to the clemency case of a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.
Cast: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher, Jack Thompson. Directed by Bruce Beresford.
Categories:  Women  Death Penalty  Advocacy

Law movies
Last Wave, The (1977)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court.
Cast: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnet, David Gulipi. Directed by Peter Weir.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Mystery/Suspense  Advocacy

Law movies
Legalese (1998)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: An actress is accused of murdering her brother-in-law, with whom she has been having an affair.
Cast: James Garner, Gina Gershon, Kathleen Turner. Directed by Glenn Jordan.
Categories:  Advocacy  Conflict  Romance

Law movies
Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: In the 1940's South, an African-American is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner.
Cast: Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall. Directed by Joseph Sargent.
Categories:  Racism  Advocacy  Death Penalty

Law movies
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. B&W
Plot: When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him.
Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood. Directed by George Seaton.
Categories:  Advocacy  Fraud  Testimony

Law movies
Murder in the First (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Young lawyer in the public defender's office is given his first assignment: defending an Alcatraz prisoner who murdered a fellow inmate.
Cast: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz, Brad Dourif, William H. Macy, R. Lee Ermey. Directed by Mark Rocco.
Categories:  Sentencing  Advocacy  Criminal Law

Law movies
Music Box (1990)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A woman agrees to defend her father against accusations of heinous war crimes committed during WWII.
Cast: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest. Directed by Costa-Gavras.
Categories:  Advocacy  Family  War

Law movies
Ten Commandants, The (1956)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 220 min. 
Plot: Egyptian Prince learns his true heritage and mission as deliverer of his people.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner, Anne Baxter, Edwrds G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Categories:  Drama  Religion  Advocacy

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.