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$9.99 (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  78 min. 
Plot: An unemployed resident of a Sydney apartment complex finds an ad promising the meaning of life for just $9.99.
Cast: Josef Ber, Roy Billing, Joel Edgerton, Leon Ford, Claudia Karvan. Directed by Tatia Rosenthal.
Categories:  Unemployment  Drama  Animation

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(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A young man falls for a woman who doesn't believe true love exists.
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg. Directed by Marc Webb.
Categories:  Romance  Comedy

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10 Rillington Place (1971)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A middle aged mans unassuming demeanor masks the fact that he is a serial killer.
Cast: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
Categories:  Drama  Criminal Procedure  Trial

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10,000 BC (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A prehistoric hunter sets out on a epic trek to rescue his beloved and secure the future of his tribe.
Cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis. Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Categories:  History  Action  Human Rights

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100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: An 100-year-old nursing home resident leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.
Cast: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer. Directed by Felix Herngren.
Categories:  Action  Comedy

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11:55 (2016)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  80 min. 
Plot: Returning to his hometown, US Marine Nelson Sanchez finds himself trapped by the violent past he had tried to escape.
Cast: Victor Almanzar, Shirley Rumierk, Elizabeth Rodriguez. Directed by Ari Issler & Ben Snyder.
Categories:  Drama  Military  Domestic Relations

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12 (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  159 min. 
Plot: Twelve men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. In Russian with English subtitles.
Cast: Sergey Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Garmash, Valentin Gaft. Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.
Categories:  Drama  Trial  Foreign

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12 Angry Men (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  95 min. B&W
Plot: A deadlocked jury struggles to a verdict in the murder trial of a young man accused of killing his father.
Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, Sr., E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Robert Webber, George Voskovec, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Jury  Criminal Law  Evidence

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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: Solomon Northup, a free black man, is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum South.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt. Directed by Steve McQueen.
Categories:  Racism  History

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127 Hours (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: True story of a thrill-seeker's adventure in a remote Utah canyon becomes the challenge of a lifetime.
Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kate Burton. Directed by Danny Boyle.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Health  Biography

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  144 min. 
Plot: During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Cast: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini. Directed by Michael Bay.
Categories:  Drama  War  History

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1408 (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: An author who makes a living debunking supernatural phenomena checks into a haunted hotel room where no one has ever lived to check out in the morning.
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub. Directed by Mikael Håfström.
Categories:  Horror  Contracts  Disability

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15 Minutes (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A homicide detective and a fire marshall must stop a pair of murderers who are videotaping their crimes hoping become media darlings.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks, Melina Kanakaredes, Karel Roden. Directed by John Herzfeld.
Categories:  Action  Criminal Law  Law Enforcement

Law movies
16 Blocks (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse. Directed by Richard Donner.
Categories:  Action  Law Enforcement

Law movies
1776 (1972)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  142 min. 
Plot: A film version of the Broadway musical comedy of the same name, 1776 is a celebration of the founding of the United States of America.
Cast: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, Roy Poole, David Ford. Directed by Peter H. Hunt.
Categories:  Musical  History  Government

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1917 (2019)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  119 min. 
Plot: Two soldiers are assigned to deliver a message that will stop hundreds of men from walking straight into a trap.
Cast: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Sam Mendes.
Categories:  War  History  Drama

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1984 (1984)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future in which a man, whose daily work is rewriting history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack. Directed by Michael Radford.
Categories:  Drama  Politics  Censorship

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20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  91 min. 
Plot: Explores the world of backup singers that live just beyond the spotlight.
Cast: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill. Directed by Morgan Neville.
Categories:  Documentary  Musical

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Rated:  G  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 148 min. 
Plot: Mankind finds a mysterious artifact buried on the moon and, with the aid of an intelligent computer, sets off on a quest to find its origin.
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Computer  Mystery/Suspense

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20th Century Women (2016)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig. Directed by Mike Mills.
Categories:  Comedy  Drama  Women

Law movies
21 (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Based on the true story of six MIT students who trained to become experts in card counting in a plot to beat the Las Vegas casinos.
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey. Directed by Robert Luketic.
Categories:  Education  Corporations  Drama

Law movies
21 Grams (2003)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.
Cast: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Categories:  Drama  Criminal Law

Law movies
25th Hour (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: 24 hours before he goes to prison, a Manhattan man struggles to redeem himself as he says goodbye to the life he knew.
Cast: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin. Directed by Spike Lee.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Drama

Law movies
27 Dresses (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man with whom she's secretly in love.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Judy Greer. Directed by Anne Fletcher.
Categories:  Women  Comedy  Romance

Law movies
3 Women (1977)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A shy, reclusive girl starts work at a solarium and becomes emotionally attached to her fellow worker whom she appears to swap personalities with after an accident.
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, Janice Rule. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Women  Medical

Law movies
30 Days of Night (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: As an Alaskan town begins its annual month of darkness, it is attacked by a blood-thirsty band of vampires.
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior. Directed by David Slade.
Categories:  Horror  Law Enforcement

Law movies
300 (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: An interpretation of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC in which the king of Sparta leads his army against the invading Persians.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West. Directed by Zack Snyder.
Categories:  History  War

Law movies
39 Steps, The (1935)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  86 min. B&W
Plot: A man is wanted simultaneously by the police, for a murder of a young woman, and by the agents of an international espionage ring because the woman, a government agent, told him about their activities.
Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Drama  Mystery/Suspense  Romance

Law movies
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. B&W
Plot: In an attempt to prevent an outlaw gang from breaking their leader out of jail, local authorities hire a guard to escort him to the nearest train station.
Cast: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicie Farr. Directed by Delmer Daves.
Categories:  Western  Drama

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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  122 min. 
Plot: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Ben Foster. Directed by James Mangold.
Categories:  Western  Law Enforcement  Criminal Law

Law movies
4 Little Girls (1997)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Spike Lee.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Civil Rights

Law movies
4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: Two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for a black market abortion.
Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov. Directed by Christian Mungiu.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Health

Law movies
400 Blows, The (1959)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. B&W
Plot: A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier , Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay. Directed by François Truffaut.
Categories:  Drama  Foreign  Education

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41 (2012)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: Explores the life and careers of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jeffrey Roth.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  History

Law movies
42 (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: The life story of Jackie Robinson.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Chadwick Boseman. Directed by Brian Helgeland.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Sports

Law movies
45 Years (2015)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, Geraldine James. Directed by Andrew Haigh.
Categories:  Drama  Romance  Domestic Relations

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48 Hours/Another 48 Hours (1982)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  191 min. 
Plot: A hard-nosed cop teams up with a wise-cracking criminal to track down a killer and a drug lord.
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte. Directed by Walter Hill.
Categories:  Action  Comedy  Organized Crime

Law movies
49th Parallel (1941)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A Nazi U-boat crew headed by the ruthless Lieutenant is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II.
Cast: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, Eric Portman. Directed by Michael Powell.
Categories:  Drama  War  International

Law movies
51 Birch Street (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A personal documentary that explores a universal human question: how much about your parents do you really want to know?
Cast: Doug Block, Mike Block, Mina Block. Directed by Doug Block.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Family

Law movies
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  91 min. 
Plot: An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.
Cast: Filmmakers, critics, and fans of Alfred Hitchcock. Directed by Alexander O. Philippe.
Categories:  Documentary  History  Entertainment

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7th Victim, The/Shadows in the Dark (1943)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  124 min. B&W/Color
Plot: A naive orphan travels to NYC to search for her missing sister/Documentary of 1940's horror movie producer Val Lewton
Cast: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, James Cromwell, William Franklin, Steve Jones. Directed by Mark Robson/Constantine Nasr.
Categories:  Horror  Documentary

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800 Mile Wall, The (2009)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by John Carlos Frey.
Categories:  Documentary  Immigration  Government

Law movies
88 Minutes (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: While moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, a college professor receives a death threat telling him that he has only 88 minutes to live.
Cast: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman. Directed by Jon Avnet.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Sentencing  Criminal Law

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99 Homes (2014)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Clancy Brown, Tim Guinee. Directed by Ramin Bahrani.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Debtor-Creditor

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.