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Law movies
Boomerang (1947)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  88 min. B&W
Plot: The priest of a Connecticut town is murdered while waiting on a street corner and an out-of-towner is accused of the crime. A dedicated district attorney then must strive to prove his innocence
Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobbs, Cara Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Biography  Witness

Law movies
Citizen Kane (1941)
Rated:  PG  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 119 min. B&W
Plot: Powerful newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane was many things to many people, both in life and in death.
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris, Fortunio Bonanova, Gus Schilling, Philip Van Zandt, Georgia Backus, Harry Shannon. Directed by Orson Wells.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Documentary  Witness

Law movies
Client, The (1994)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: A young boy seeks the protection of an unseasoned attorney from both the Mob, who will kill him if he reveals what he learned about a Mob murder, and a zealous federal prosecutor, who won't let up until he tells all.
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Brad Renfro. Directed by Joel Schumacher.
Categories:  Witness  Organized Crime  Juvenile

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
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot.
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Government  Witness

Law movies
Marked Woman (1937)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: A hostess' client is murdered, but she won't help the prosecution build the case.
Cast: Bette Davis Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Cianelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkens. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.
Categories:  Witness  Testimony  Organized Crime

Law movies
Memento (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A man with no short-term memory attempts to track down his wife's killer.
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Witness  Evidence

Law movies
Narrow Margin (1990)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her date by a top Mafia boss.
Cast: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James B. Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh. Directed by Peter Hyams.
Categories:  Action  Organized Crime  Witness

Law movies
Nuts (1987)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Karl Malden. Directed by Martin Ritt.
Categories:  Witness  Drama  Criminal Law

Law movies
Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 12 hour, 10 min. 
Plot: The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime.
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning. Directed by Jenji Kohan.
Categories:  Drama  Witness  Sentencing

Law movies
Rashomon (1951)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  83 min. B&W
Plot: Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife give differing accounts of what actually happended. Subtitled in English.
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Categories:  Witness  Evidence  Foreign

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.