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Law movies
J. Edgar (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  137 min. 
Plot: Behind closed doors J. Edgar Hoover held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  History

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Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  89 min. 
Plot: A blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.
Cast: Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega. Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Categories:  Romance  Domestic Relations  Ethics

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Jacket, The (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brad Renfro. Directed by John Maybury.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Medical  Evidence

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Jackie (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig. Directed by Pablo Larrain.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

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Jackie Brown (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 154 min. 
Plot: A flight attendant becomes the key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Organized Crime  Drama

Law movies
Jackie Robinson (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 4 hours min. 
Plot: Details Jackie's rise from humble beginnings to an American hero and pivotal figure in history.
Cast: Keith David, Jamie Foxx. Directed by Ken Burns.
Categories:  Documentary  Sports  Biography

Law movies
Jagged Edge (1985)
Rated:  R  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: A publisher is accused of brutally murdering his wife. He soon finds himself in love with his defense lawyer, who hasn't handled a criminal case for many years.
Cast: Glen Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia, Leigh Taylor-Young. Directed by Richard Marquand.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Ethics  Criminal Law

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Jane Eyre (1943)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  97 min. B&W
Plot: Orphan Jane Eyre is hired by the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.
Cast: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Drama  Domestic Relations  Women

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: Documentary on rock singer Janis Joplin, with her own words telling much of the story through a series of letters she wrote home over the years.
Cast: Interviews with musicians P!nk, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Weir, Juliette Lewis. Directed by Amy Borg.
Categories:  Documentary  Banking  Musical

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Jarhead (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 123 min. 
Plot: A marine's memoir of his experiences in boot camp through his combat in Desert Storm.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper. Directed by Sam Mendes.
Categories:  Military  International  Human Rights

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Jaws (1975)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace an island community local authority set out to stop it.
Cast: Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Animal  Mystery/Suspense  Horror

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Jazz Singer, The (1927)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 88 min. B&W
Plot: The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Cantor Rosenblatt. Directed by Alan Crossland.
Categories:  Drama  Musical  Religion

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  155 min. 
Plot: Live performance in SoHo London.
Cast: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Harvey Goldsmith. Directed by Stuart Watts.
Categories:  Musical  Documentary

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Jellyfish (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  78 min. 
Plot: Three very different women living in Tel Aviv lives intersect and weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. In Hebrew, with English subtitles.
Cast: Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, Noa Knoller. Directed by Etgar Keret.
Categories:  Drama  Foreign  Family

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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: A mountain man becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors on the early frontier.
Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton. Directed by Sydney Pollack.
Categories:  Action  Drama  Western

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Jerk, The (1979)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: A complete imbecile struggles to make it through life on his own, until a strange invention makes him unbelievably wealthy.
Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Jackie Mason. Directed by Carl Reiner.
Categories:  Comedy  Patent  Family

Law movies
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: When a sports agent has a moral ephiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent for the only athlete who stays with him.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renee Zellweger. Directed by Cameron Crowe.
Categories:  Sports  Entertainment  Comedy

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Jesse James (1939)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
Cast: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull. Directed by Henry King.
Categories:  Western  Family  Estates

Law movies
JFK (1991)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 206 min. 
Plot: A New Orleans District Attorney takes it upon himself to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, 1963.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Sally Kirkland, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Joe Pesci, Walter Matthau, Sissy Spacek. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Categories:  Government  Evidence  Drama

Law movies
Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the former president's tour for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
Cast: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter. Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

Law movies
Jindabyne (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Four men on their annual fishing trip discover the body of a girl in the river, and to their wives' dismay do not report it immediately to the police.
Cast: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness, John Howard. Directed by Ray Lawrence.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Marital Relations

Law movies
Jinx, The: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 4 hours, 39 min. 
Plot: A groundbreaking documentary series sheds new light on real-estate icon, Robert Durst, while unraveling one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in New York history.
Cast: Robert Durst, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson. Directed by Andrew Jarecki.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Criminal Procedure

Law movies
John Adams (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 498 min. 
Plot: A miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Stephen Dillane, Danny Huston, David Morse, Sarah Polley, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Tom Hooper.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  History

Law movies
John Wick (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki. Directed by Chad Stahelski.
Categories:  Action  Organized Crime

Law movies
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  122 min. 
Plot: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane. Directed by Chad Stahelski.
Categories:  Action  Mystery/Suspense  Organized Crime

Law movies
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: An honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.
Cast: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle. Directed by Amy Heckerling.
Categories:  Family  Criminal Law  Comedy

Law movies
Johnny Guitar (110)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: On the outskirts of a small town sits an empty casino, waiting for the customers the constructing of the new railroad will bring. When a man is murdered the local officials come to run the casino owner out of town.
Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Ernest Borgnine. Directed by Nicholas Ray.
Categories:  Western  Criminal Law  Death Penalty

Law movies
Joy (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: The story of the title character who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez. Directed by David O. Russel.
Categories:  Banking  Comedy  Drama

Law movies
Judge Dredd (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: In a dystopic future, all-powerful and coldly efficient "Judges" act with the supreme authority of both the police force and legal system.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Rob Schneider, Joan Chen. Directed by Danny Cannon.
Categories:  Action  SciFi/Fantasy  Law Enforcement

Law movies
Judge Priest (1934)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  84 min. B&W
Plot: A laid-back, widowed judge upholds the law in his toughest court case yet. In the meantime, he plays matchmaker for his young nephew.
Cast: Will Rogers, Hattie McDaniel. Directed by John Ford.
Categories:  Comedy  Racism  Comedy

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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
Judge, The (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  141 min. 
Plot: A big city lawyer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by David Dobkin.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Discovery

Law movies
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 tape set) 178 min. B&W
Plot: The Allied judge presiding over the trial of accused Nazi war criminals must not only deal with their guilt but with the guilt of a society that allowed such crimes to occur.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximillian Schell, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland. Directed by Stanley Kramer.
Categories:  Jurisprudence  International  War

Law movies
Jules and Jim (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 105 min. B&W
Plot: Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino. Directed by Fran├žois Truffaut.
Categories:  Romance  Drama  Foreign

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Julia (1977)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: The 1930's memoirs of playwright Lillian Hellman.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Meryl Streep. Directed by Fred Zinneman.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Politics

Law movies
Julie & Julia (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Story of Julia Child's cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond. Directed by Nora Ephron.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Romance

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Jumper (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  88 min. 
Plot: A young man discovers he has the ability to transport himself instantaneously to anyplace on Earth.
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, Annasophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Doug Liman.
Categories:  Action  Transportation  Government

Law movies
Jungle Book, The (1967)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  78 min. 
Plot: Jungle animals have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.
Cast: Voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.
Categories:  Animation  Comedy  SciFi/Fantasy

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Jungle Book, The (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A man-cub embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of a panther and a free spirited bear.
Cast: Neel Sethi, and voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Jon Favreau.
Categories:  Animation  Family  Drama

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Juno (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, . Directed by Jason Reitman.
Categories:  Children  Family  Comedy

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Jurassic Park (1993)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: Scientists clone dinosaurs to populate a theme park which suffers a major security breakdown which frees the dinosaurs from their enclosures.
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Ethics  Action

Law movies
Jurassic World (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  124 min. 
Plot: Terror in a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park when a killing machine escapes containment.
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, VIncent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins. Directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Action  Horror

Law movies
Juror, The (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: When a woman is selected as a juror in a big Mafia trial, she is forced to persuade the other jurors to vote "not guilty".
Cast: Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Heche, James Gandolfini. Directed by Brian Gibson.
Categories:  Jury  Ethics  Drama

Law movies
Jury of Her Peers, A (1980)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  30 min. 
Plot: A woman is jailed after her husband is found murdered in his sleep.
Cast: Diane de Lorian, Dorothy Lancaster, Sheila Hinchliffe, Mark Margolis. Directed by Sally Heckel.
Categories:  Women  Justice

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Just Cause (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A prisoner facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl calls in a law professor to help prove his innocence.
Cast: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, Ruby Dee, Ed Harris. Directed by Arne Glimcher.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Death Penalty  Mystery/Suspense

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.