7 Movie Lawyers Who Took Down Big Business
Big business is seemingly unstoppable except through the courts, which is why everyone loves a great courtroom film, where the rich and powerful lose to the small and seemingly powerless. It's really what makes America what it is, though this is only when the court system really works and is not mired in bureaucracy. While this is almost never these days, the great thing about the movies is that it lets you escape in a fantasy world. Check out some of the feel good films below where lawyers successfully took down the big business beast.
"Erin Brokovich." Julia Roberts plays this real-life, big-boobed lawyer who took down a company who was illegally dumping toxins in a neighborhood and causing people to get sick or even die. This performance was so good, it won Roberts an Academy Award on top of the film being a smash hit.
"A Civil Action." Based on a true story, John Travolta stars as a lawyer who brings down a company for dumping toxins in a river that poisons a town. This is a similar story to "Erin Brokovich," though Travolta didn't win an Academy award, because he doesn't have boobs and believes in spaceships.
"Amistad." Slave trading was big business in the 19th Century and this courtroom Spielberg film helped to portray it on the big screen. It's a different type of courtroom film as well, due to the fact that it is a period piece and the courts operated in a different way in that time.
"The Insider." A courtroom film and film about journalism, "The Insider" follows the story of a "60 Minutes" producer and a whistleblower who helped to bring down big tobacco at the end of the 1990's. This is a true story and one of the biggest businesses to ever be taken down through a film.
"The Verdict." Paul Newman plays an excellent lawyer but also a total drunk and rapscallion as he goes after a corrupt and greedy medical company who has harmed a number of his clients. It may be one of the more realistic courtroom films ever made, as it shows the painful struggle an attorney goes through when working a case like this.
"Philadelphia." This Academy Award winning Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington film shows how a lawyer takes down an elite law firm for firing a man who was gay and had AIDS. It is one of the more riveting legal movies where a big business is beaten ever made.
"A Few Good Men." The American military as big business? You bet. Tom Cruise and Demi Moore star, trying to take down a corrupt general who's "rules" got a soldier killed. However, it's made into a classic legal film for the speech Jack Nicholson gives, which is incredible no matter how many times you hear it.