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Law movies
Adaptation (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less-talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Tilda Swinton. Directed by Spike Jonze.
Categories:  Entertainment  Comedy  Environmental

Law movies
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A six year old's journey to help her ill father is delayed by a busted universe.
Cast: Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper. Directed by Benh Zeitlin.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Environmental

Law movies
Born to be Wild (2011)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  40 min. 
Plot: Documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Cast: Narration by Morgan Freeman.. Directed by David Lickley.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  Environmental

Law movies
Chasing Ice (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  75 min. 
Plot: A documentary made with multi-year, time-lapse cameras documenting evidence of Earth's changing glaciers.
Cast: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson, Adam LeWinter. Directed by Jeff Orlowski.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental

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
Continental Divide (1981)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A hard-nosed Chicago journalist gets stuck in the Rocky Mountains with a radical ornithologist.
Cast: John Belushi, Blair Brown, Allen Goorwitz. Directed by Michael Apted.
Categories:  Comedy  Environmental

Law movies
Crazies, The (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: The inhabitants of a small Iowa town are suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker. Directed by Breck Eisner.
Categories:  Horror  Environmental  Health

Law movies
Crude (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Joe Berlinger.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Trial

Law movies
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply thereby causing cancer and other illness in the community.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones, Peter Coyote, Scotty Leavenworth. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Categories:  Torts  Corporations  Environmental

Law movies
Eureka (1983)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: In the Canadian wilderness, an Artic prospector breaks through the snow to an underground cavern and becomes the world's richest man.
Cast: Gene Hackman, Rutger hauer, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci. Directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Categories:  Environmental  Natural Resources  Jury

Law movies
Everything's Cool: A Toxic Comedy About Global Warming! (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  89 min. 
Plot: Explains how United States government policy has contributed to a gap between what scientists know about global warming and what the general public understands.
Cast: Narration by Daniel B. Gold. Directed by Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Government

Law movies
Gasland (2010)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Josh Fox.
Categories:  Documentary  Natural Resources  Environmental

Law movies
Ghostbusters (1984)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: Three unemployed scientists are called upon to rid New York City of supernatural activity.
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson. Directed by Ivan Reitman.
Categories:  Comedy  Environmental  Damages

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Ghostbusters (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kriten Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chris Helmsworth. Directed by Paul Feig.
Categories:  Comedy  Environmental

Law movies
Hackers (1995)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A group of friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, and use their hacking skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the virus' creator.
Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens, Lorraine Bracco. Directed by Iain Softley.
Categories:  Computer  National Security  Environmental

Law movies
Homeland (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  88 min. 
Plot: Five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting to protect Indian lands.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Roberta Grossman.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Energy

Law movies
Impossible, The (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A tourist family in Thailand is caught in the chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.
Categories:  Drama  History  Environmental

Law movies
Inconvenient Truth, An (2006)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: Al Gore's campaign to raise awareness for the crisis of global warming.
Cast: Al Gore. Directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Categories:  Environmental  Documentary  Government

Law movies
Into the Wild (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  148 min. 
Plot: After graduating from college, a young man gives up his worldly possessions and takes to life on the road, in a journey that leads him to the Alaskan wilderness.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn. Directed by Sean Penn.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Environmental

Law movies
King Kong (1933)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  104 min. B&W
Plot: A film crew stumbles upon a giant ape on a prehistoric island.
Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Willis O'Brien. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
Categories:  Entertainment  Environmental  SciFi/Fantasy

Law movies
Last Mountain, The (2011)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Bill Haney.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Energy

Law movies
Libby, Montana (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: Explores an ironic setting for a town where many hundreds of people are sick or have already died from asbestos exposure.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Drury Gum Carr and Dough Hawes-Davis.
Categories:  Documentary  Health  Environmental

Law movies
Over the Hedge (2006)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Avril Lavigne. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick.
Categories:  Animation  Family  Environmental

Law movies
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: A young warrior finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest and a mining colony.
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Categories:  Animation  Foreign  Environmental

Law movies
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: Seeking revenge for the death of his lover, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country's natural resources.
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Gianni. Directed by Marc Foster.
Categories:  Action  Environmental  Business

Law movies
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked. Directed by Lasse Hallstr√∂m.
Categories:  International  Environmental  Drama

Law movies
Snowpiercer (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 126 min. 
Plot: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer.
Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer. Directed by Joon-ho Bong.
Categories:  Drama  Environmental  SciFi/Fantasy

Law movies
Under the Sea (2009)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  40 min. 
Plot: An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.
Cast: Narration by Jim Carrey. Directed by Howard Hall.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Animal

Law movies
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
Cast: Dan Barber, Mario Bstali, Massimo Bottura, Anthony Bourdain. Directed by Anna Chai & Nari Kye.
Categories:  Documentary  Consumer  Environmental

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.