Becoming a lawyer is not only a dream for millions around the world, it also happens to be one of the oldest, prestigious and most rewarding careers in the world and Hollywood has been creating classic law films for decades, so whether you are still in high school, or just about to graduate from Law School, these are 5 most inspiring and influential legal-themed movies that every aspiring lawyer must sit down and watch.
1. The Rainmaker (1997)
Matt Damon plays the character Rudy Baylor, a young lawyer who teams up with highly controversial parallel, Deck Shifflet (played by Danny DeVito) to represent the family of a dying son against a powerful law firm representing the family’s insurance company who denied their claim to pay for his treatment.
2. The Firm (1993)
An amazing story with a twist on every corner. Tom Cruise plays a highly desired, recent Harvard Law School graduate who is persuaded to take a new job with a prestigious tax firm in Memphis offering a big salary and life of luxury for he and his wife. However there is a much darker-side to the firm’s existence…
3. A Civil Action (1998)
John Travolta plays a self-assured and very successful attorney in Boston who is hired to sue two corporations by the families of children who have died as a result of their toxic waste dumping, a case so big that it may in fact bankrupt him.
4. Erin Brockovich (2002)
This is an amazing film based on true story of Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother of three who manages to become a legal assistant and fights against a Californian energy giant almost by herself after they polluted a city’s water supply.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird (1967)
Based on one of the most iconic novels of the 21st Century and commonly referred to as one of the best movies every made, legendary actor Gregory Peck plays the lawyer of an African American man who is subject to prejudice and has wrongly been accused of rape.