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Law movies
Analyze This (1999)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A powerful New York crime family racketeer suddenly starts having anxiety attacks and decides to seek professional help.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow. Directed by Harold Ramis.
Categories:  Comedy  Conflict

Law movies
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  78 min. B&W
Plot: The boyhood pal-turned-priest of a gang hero tries to end his old friend's reign in the ghetto.
Cast: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Drama  Conflict

Law movies
Anger Management (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane, a timid businessman is court-ordered to undergo anger management therapy with an eccentric specialist.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Woody Harrelson, John Turturro. Directed by Peter Segal.
Categories:  Comedy  Conflict

Law movies
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.
Cast: Ja Rule, Maria Bello, Peter Bryant, Gabriel Byrne, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo, Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo. Directed by Jean-Fran├žois Richet.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Ethics  Conflict

Law movies
Battle in Seattle (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Activists stage riots in Seattle, successfully halting a meeting of the World Trade Organization.
Cast: Andre Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach De Bankole, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Joshua Jackson, Ray Liotta, Tzi Ma, Ivana Milicevic, Connie Nielson, Michelle Rodrigurz, Rade Sherbedzija, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron. Directed by Stuart Townsend.
Categories:  Conflict  Drama

Law movies
Becket (1964)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  148 min. 
Plot: When King Henry II has trouble with the Church of England, he appoints his old friend and drinking buddy, Thomas Beckett, as Archbishop.
Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown. Directed by Peter Glenville.
Categories:  Conflict  History  Ethics

Law movies
Carnage (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  80 min. 
Plot: Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, however, increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos.
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly. Directed by Roman Polanski.
Categories:  Comedy  Children  Conflict

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
Color of Money, The (1986)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A former pool player returns to the game and takes on a young protege.
Cast: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Categories:  Sports  Conflict  Drama

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Cry the Beloved Country (1995)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Cast: James Earl Jones, Richard Harris. Directed by Darrell James Roodt.
Categories:  Drama  Conflict  Racism

Law movies
Excalibur (1981)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD   min. 140
Plot: The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Cast: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey. Directed by John Boorman.
Categories:  Drama  Conflict  Religion

Law movies
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  153 min. 
Plot: In his sixth year at Hogwarts Harry must delve into Lord Voldemort's past to learn how to defeat him.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane. Directed by David Yates.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Education  Conflict

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In the Bedroom (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: A New England couple's college-aged son begins a relationship with an older woman.
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei. Directed by Todd Field.
Categories:  Family  Drama  Conflict

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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
Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: Follows four cases brought before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigates the crimes of apartheid. In English and native languages with English subtitles.
Cast: Narration by Helen Mirren. Directed by Debra Hoffmann and Frances Reid.
Categories:  Documentary  Human Rights  Conflict

Law movies
Long, Hot Summer, The (1958)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: A suspected barn-burner drifts into a town and is recruited to work for, and possibly marry the daughter of, the biggest land owner in the town.
Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Angela Landsbury. Directed by Martin Ritt.
Categories:  Drama  Conflict

Law movies
Mystic River (2003)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: Childhood friends who drifted apart after a terrible tragedy reunite years later when brutal events reconnect them.
Cast: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Law Enforcement  Conflict

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New World, The (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: Explorer John Smith and his fellow English settlers arrive in what will become Jamestown only to come in to conflict with the Native Americans.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, Q'Orianka Kilcher. Directed by Terrence Malick.
Categories:  Drama  History  Conflict

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A parody of the traditional Robin Hood story.
Cast: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Dave Chappelle, Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman. Directed by Mel Brooks.
Categories:  Comedy  Politics  Conflict

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Scared Straight (1978)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life.
Cast: Peter Falk, Doug Cronin. Directed by Arnold Shapiro.
Categories:  Documentary  Conflict  Safety

Law movies
To Die In Jerusalem (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  76 min. 
Plot: This film explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families and depicts the toll on human life and family ties exacted from suicide bombings in the Middle East.
Cast: Avigail Levy, Khadra al-Akras. Directed by Hilla Medalia.
Categories:  Documentary  Conflict  Biography

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Wind that Shakes the Barley, The (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: A sympathetic look at Republicans in early 20th century Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-British rebellion.
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald. Directed by Ken Loach.
Categories:  Conflict  Family  International

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.