Top 5 Lawyer Movies


From old school classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men, to modern classics like My Cousin Vinny, our Top 5 Lawyer Movies showcase the finest courtroom dramas ever filmed! What do you consider to be the best lawyer movies ever made?

1) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Box Office: $13.1 million
  • Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Mary Badham
  • Tagline: The most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize Winner now comes vividly alive on the screen!
  • Trivia: The watch used in the film was a prop, but Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck her father's watch after the film was completed because he reminded her so much of him.
  • Summary: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

2) My Cousin Vinny (1992)

My Cousin Vinny
  • Box Office: $64.1 million
  • Starring: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne
  • Tagline: A Comedy Of Trial And Error
  • Trivia: Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees during the courtroom scenes, which were filmed in the midst of a Georgia summer in a converted warehouse with a corrugated metal roof.
  • Summary: Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

3) Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Witness for the Prosecution
  • Box Office: $9 million
  • Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
  • Tagline: The most electrifying entertainment of our time!
  • Trivia: In order to show just one of Marlene Dietrich's famous legs, an entire scene was written that required 145 extras, 38 stunt men and $90,000.
  • Summary: A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

4) 12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men
  • Box Office: $1 million
  • Starring: Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
  • Tagline: explodes like twelve sticks of dynamite!
  • Trivia: Sidney Lumet had the actors all stay in the same room for hours on end and do their lines over and over without filming them. This was to give them a real taste of what it would be like to be cooped up in a room with the same people.
  • Summary: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

5) Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

Judgement at Nuremberg
  • Box Office: $10 million
  • Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell
  • Tagline: The event the world will never forget.
  • Trivia: Many of the actors involved in the film did so for a fraction of their usual salary because they felt the subject matter was so important.
  • Summary: In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

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