Category Archive: Legal Movies


The Best Low-Key Legal Movies

This Tweet thread about how Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a the best law school movie without any lawyers got me thinking about other movies that bring up legal issues without being about law school or lawyers. This post is going to cover some best low-key legal movies.

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Revisiting Elle’s LSAT Journey from Legally Blonde

A third Legally Blonde movie has been announced for Valentine’s Day 2020 and all I can say is…omigod you guys!! No matter your opinion of the franchise, the first Legally Blonde movie is one of the most popular and well-known depictions of the law school application process. And if you listen to the movies’ screenwriters, the original movie inspired a generation of women to go the law school.


And Now, THE Greatest Lawyer Movie of All Time

When I set out on this project almost a year ago, I had many questions: What are the greatest lawyer movies ever? What makes a great lawyer movie great? And how long would Blueprint actually let me keep this up?

Since then, I’ve watched 24 lawyer movies, most of them from the ABA’s Top 25 list. Below, I have attempted to summarize my findings and reflections.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Breaker Morant

This is the final movie I’m reviewing in my search for the Greatest Lawyer Movie of All Time (#GLMOAT #bittersweet). It’s #7 on the ABA’s Top 25, and a worthy entry for consideration.

Breaker Morant
1980 dir. Bruce Beresford

If you tried to draw a Venn Diagram of how lawyer movies fit into other genres, you’d have many overlapping circles. There are legal thrillers, legal family dramas, even legal Christmas movies.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Kramer vs. Kramer

The search for the greatest lawyer movie of all time is almost over. Of the ABA’s Top 25, only six remain, and one of those is “Chicago,” which I feel pretty okay about skipping. This week, I watched #16…

Kramer vs. Kramer
1979 dir. Robert Benton

Most lawyer movies go where the glory is: criminal jury trials with life or death stakes, multi-million dollar class action suits that change the world, etc. But the legal field is wide and varied, and there are plenty of areas of practice that are less glamorous but still full of dramatic potential.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: To Kill A Mockingbird

As America bids farewell to its own real-life Atticus Finch, I thought it would be a good time to watch #1 on the ABA’s List of the 25 Greatest Legal Movies, the legendary…

To Kill a Mockingbird
1962 dir. Robert Mulligan

The world is a confusing place for a child. Our moral instruction – to the extent that we get any – is a thicket of contradictions.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: A Few Good Men

This week, after months of procrastinating, I decided to pony up the requisite $7.99 and watch #14 on the ABA’s Top 25, perhaps the most iconic lawyer movie of the modern era. I want to say upfront that I will do my best not to make any “You can’t handle the truth!” puns, but I’m not 100% confident that I’ll be successful.


The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Um… Miracle on 34th Street?

This dude is just as surprised as you are that he made the ABA Top 25 Lawyer Movies. This week, with ambient Christmas music having burrowed its way deep into my subconscious, I decided to watch a Christmas classic, #25 on the ABA’s list of the 25 best legal movies… Miracle on 34th Street 1947