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Law movies
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A documentary probe of America's predilection for gun violence, including an examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership.
Cast: Michael Moore. Directed by Michael Moore.
Categories:  Constitutional  Documentary

Law movies
Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A made-for-cable-TV docudrama about the trial of the men accused of conspiring to cause protesters to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Cast: Brian Benben, Peter Boyle, Robert Carradine, David Clennon, Elliot Gould, Robert Loggia, Ron Rifkin, Martin Sheen. Directed by Jeremy Kagan.
Categories:  Television  Documentary  Constitutional

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
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jose Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray, Sam Jaffe, Dean Jagger, Nicholas Pryor, William Prince. Directed by Robert E. Collins.
Categories:  Biography  Constitutional  Television

Law movies
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro. Directed by Ethan Coen.
Categories:  Organized Crime  Constitutional

Law movies
Shouting Fire (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  75 min. 
Plot: First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus is interviewed on the history and current state of free speech.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Liz Garbus.
Categories:  Documentary  Constitutional  History

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.