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Law movies
V for Vendetta (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: A shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt. Directed by James McTeigue.
Categories:  Action  Drama

Law movies
Vacancy (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be the victims of the movies they're watching.
Cast: Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry. Directed by Nimrod Antal.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Marital Relations

Law movies
Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  77 min. 
Plot: A tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films
Cast: Narrated by Martin Scorsese. Directed by Kent Jones.
Categories:  Documentary  Entertainment

Law movies
Valet, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Berry. Directed by Francis Veber.
Categories:  Foreign  Marital Relations

Law movies
Valkyrie (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten. Directed by Bryan Singer.
Categories:  War  History  Drama

Law movies
Vampyr (1932)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 73 min. B&W
Plot: A young traveler arrives in a remote castle and starts seeing weird, inexplicable sights. In German with English subtitles.
Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Categories:  Horror  Mystery/Suspense

Law movies
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: A successful publisher's life takes a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jealous lover leaves him disfigured.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee. Directed by Cameron Crowe.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Corporations  Mystery/Suspense

Law movies
Vanity Fair (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: Growing up poor, a nanny defies her poverty-stricken background and is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Directed by Mira Nair.
Categories:  Drama  Property  Estates

Law movies
Vantage Point (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: An attempted assassination on the President of the United States is told from several different perspectives.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Bruce McGill, Edgar Ramirez, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt. Directed by Pete Travis.
Categories:  Government  Mystery/Suspense  National Security

Law movies
Veer-Zaara (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 192 min. 
Plot: An Indian Air Force pilot languishes in prison without speaking, 22 years after rescuing a stranded Pakistani girl. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Manoj Bajpai, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini. Directed by Yash Chopra.
Categories:  Sentencing  Foreign

Law movies
Vera Drake (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Unbeknownst to her family, a devoted wife and mother in 1950's England secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Adrain Scarborough. Directed by Mike Leigh.
Categories:  Women  Medical  Drama

Law movies
Verdict (1982)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial case that no one is supposed to win.
Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Medical  Ethics  Drama

Law movies
Vernon, Florida (1981)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  55 min. 
Plot: Inter splices random chatter captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Errol Morris.
Categories:  Documentary  Comedy

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Vertigo (1958)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: A San Francisco detective with a paralyzing fear of heights becomes entangled in a mystery surrounding a beautiful woman.
Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Mystery/Suspense

Law movies
Very Long Engagement, A (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 133 min. 
Plot: A young woman relentlessly searches for her fiance, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I. In French, with English subtitles.
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Clovis Cornillac, Marion Cotillard, Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Categories:  Military  Romance  Foreign

Law movies
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Cast: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina. Directed by Woody Allen.
Categories:  Romance  International  Drama

Law movies
Victim (1961)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  100 min. B&W
Plot: A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure.
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Peter McEnery. Directed by Basil Dearden.
Categories:  Drama  Sexuality

Law movies
Vie En Rose, La (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: The the trials and tribulations of the life of Edith Piaf
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve. Directed by Olivier Dahan.
Categories:  Biography  Children  Drama

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Visitor, The (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman. Directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Categories:  Immigration  Housing  Drama

Law movies
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: Lucky arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas and will be ready to race once he has the money to buy an engine.
Cast: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair. Directed by George Sidney.
Categories:  Comedy  Musical  Domestic Relations

Law movies
Viva Riva! (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: A small time operator returns to his hometown, a seductively vibrant but lawless sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas and nightclubs. In French with English subtitles.
Cast: Manie Malone, Patsha Bay. Directed by Djo Munga.
Categories:  Foreign  Drama  Organized Crime

Law movies
Volver (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: When the aunt of two orphaned girls dies, the spirit of their dead mother reappears.
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
Categories:  Women  Romance  Estates

Law movies
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: An American POW leads a group of prisoners in an escape from the Germans in WWII.
Cast: Frank Sinatra, trevor Howard, raffaella Carra. Directed by Mark Robson.
Categories:  War  Action  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.