Legal Eagles

A natural breeding ground for tension, suspense and witty repartee, the courtroom has long been an obvious choice for filmmakers. Here you will find murder ('In Cold Blood', 'Murder in the First'), injustice ('The Trials of Darryl Hunt', 'In The Name of the Father'), corruption ('Runaway Jury', 'Damages'), bigotry ('To Kill A Mockingbird', 'The Accused') and a few laughs as well ('Legally Blonde'). All be seated! Court is now in session! Pictured: Brock Peters and the inimitable Gregory Peck who won the Oscar for his protrayal of Atticus Finch in 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Director: Mark Joffe
Starring: Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Wendy Hughes

When Steve Myers, played by the irrepressible Billy Connolly, is told the lightning that struck and obliterated his fishing boat was an Act of God and... Read more

12 Angry Men (1997)

Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Hume Cronyn, Jack Lemmon, George C Scott, Courtney B Vance, Ossie Davis, Armin M...

A fine new version of the memorable tale of jury haggling on a stuffy afternoon in N.Y.C., with a bunch of cranky men. New to this version are the def... Read more

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Coyote

Julia Roberts shines in this powerful true story, playing a feisty, divorced mother of three who takes a job as her lawyer's secretary and finds herse... Read more

Monster (2003)

Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Academy Award for her astonishing performance as Aileen Wuornos, the prostitute convicted of killing several men... Read more

Legally Blonde (2001)

Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Ali Larter, Raquel Welch

Blondacious Los Angeles college student Reese Witherspoon is unceremoniously dumped by her preppy Havard-bound boyfriend, who happens to think she's b... Read more

The Rainmaker (1997)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight

An idealistic young lawyer (Matt Damon) takes on the might of a crooked insurance company with only ambulance chasing legal eagle Danny DeVito to offe... Read more

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric The Entertainer, Edw...

Joel and Ethan Coen take on the classic battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy. George Clooney is Miles Massey, a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawy... Read more

A Civil Action (1999)

Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, James Gandolfini

Based on a true story and focusing on a high-priced personal injury attorney (John Travolta) who only takes big-money cases he can safely settle out o... Read more

Michael Clayton (2007)

Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe, D...

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is a skilled attorney with a well-earned reputation as a 'fixer', a man with a knack for making complicated legal mes... Read more

Primal Fear (1996)

Director: Gregory Hoblit
Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances...

Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) to decide. His job is to defend - especially if... Read more