Law Movies For Guys

Saturday, April 9 by Layla Sinclair

If you’re in the mood for a good legal story, check out these law movies for guys. The films below contain plots about surviving law school and winning impossible cases. The movies on this list provide compelling stories with plenty of twists and turns.

  1. “The Paper Chase” This law movie for guys documents the rigors of law school and the endless “paper chase” towards that higher degree and good career. The films revolves around a young law student at Harvard, who must pass a class with the most difficult professor at the school, played by John Houseman. It doesn’t help that he also finds himself falling for the professor’s daughter.
  2. “The Firm” Tom Cruise plays a hot shot attorney who seemingly lands the perfect job with a firm. The company, however, brings him on for more sinister reasons and he soon finds all aspects of his life monitored by the firm. Gene Hackman and Ed Harris co-star in this suspenseful law movie for guys.
  3. “Primal Fear” In this gritty courtroom drama, Richard Gere plays the defense lawyer to a young altar boy accused of murdering a priest. Edward Norton plays the defendant in his first major movie role and Laura Linney co-stars as a tough-as-nails prosecutor. In this law movie for guys, Gere discovers that there are many more secrets to the murder case than he originally anticipated.
  4. “The Client” This law movie for guys is about a young boy who witnesses the suicide of a lawyer connected to the mob. Soon, the mafia is looking for him and he needs his own lawyer for protection. Susan Sarandon stars as the attorney who must earn the boy’s trust in this suspense movie based on John Grisham’s novel.
  5. “A Few Good Men” A movie that contains one of the most memorable courtroom showdowns in cinema, “A Few Good Men” revolves around the trial of two marines for murder. Tom Cruise plays their defense lawyer, while Demi Moore stars as a co-counselor. They quickly become at odds with their differing views of justice and the law. Jack Nicholson steals the show as a no-nonsense colonel who tries to prevent the lawyers from finding out the truth behind the case.
  6. “The Verdict”Paul Newman shines in this law movie for guys. Newman plays a hardened lawyer who has resorted to settling and plea bargaining rather than trial work. When he is confronted with a medical malpractice case, however, he decides to take it to court and win back his dignity.
  7. “In the Name of the Father” For a law movie for guys that is set in a foreign country, check out this well-made Irish film starring Daniel Day Lewis. Lewis plays an Irishman falsely accused of planning an IRA bombing in England. Emma Thomson co-stars as an English lawyer who uncovers the police conspiracy that has kept him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

                                                                                                                                                                                 – Layla Sinclair

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