For as long as movies have existed, movies centering around the law, crime, and the courtroom have been entertaining and challenging moviegoers. Here are our top five picks of the past two decades.
Dark Waters (2019)- A corporate defense lawyer decides to take on an environmental lawsuit against a powerful chemical company that exposes a long history of environmental pollution. Directed by Todd Haynes, and starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Bill Camp. Length: 126 minutes
RBG (2018)- Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, the movie narrates the incredible life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed an impressive legal legacy while becoming a surprising pop culture icon. Length: 98 minutes
Marshall (2017)- Marshall tells the true story of Thurgood Marshall, the historic lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he navigates through one of his most important cases. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson; and is directed by Reginald Hudlin. Length: 118 minutes
The Judge (2014)- The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. A Big law attorney named Hank Palmer goes back to his hometown where his father, who is the town judge, is accused of murder. Palmer sets out to uncover what really happened while simultaneously reconnecting with his family, with whom he has strained and complicated relationships. Directed by David Dobkin. Length: 153 minutes
Conviction (2010)- Based on a true story, the movie follows a hard-working mom who completes law school in order to help her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has used up his chances to appeal his conviction using public defenders. The film is directed by Tony Goldwyn and stars Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, and Melissa Leo. Length: 107 minutes
We hope you are as captivated as we were by these films and enjoy our picks.