10 Awesome Legal Movies from the Past Decade That Every Legal Practitioner Should Watch

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Whatever it is that you do in court, these movies will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. Judges, lawyers, court reporters, and everyone involved in legal practices will relate to these top-notch flicks.

2010 Conviction

Starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Melissa Leo

This movie is a touching story about a young mother who completed law school to help her wrongfully-accused brother who was charged with murder and has already used up all of his chances to appeal his conviction.

2011 Puncture

Starring: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Vinessa Shaw, and Marshall Bell

If you’re one to root for underdogs, then this movie is for you. Chris Evans stars as Mike Weiss, a real-life attorney who takes on a giant health supply corporation. As he battles the seedy side of healthcare, he’s also dealing with his own personal demons.

2012 Arbitrage

Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Brit Marling

We’ve all made mistakes, right? But not everyone can relate to the mistake that a hedge-fund tycoon made that brought his business empire crumbling down. Now he needs to look for a way to preserve his business and protect his family.

2013 Devil’s Knot

Starring: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, and Alessandro Nivola

Based on the 1993 murders of three children, Devil’s Knot revisits what happened in West Memphis when the crimes happened and the subsequent controversial trial of three teenagers accused of the murders as part of a satanic cult activity.

2014 The Judge

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga

Robert Downey, Jr. takes a break from his role as a famous Avenger and plays the part of big-city lawyer, Hank Palmer, who goes back to his hometown where his father, the town judge, is accused of murder.

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2015 True Story
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Felicity Jones

Michael Finkel, a discredited New York Times reporter, encounters accused murderer Christian Longo, the one who stole Finkel’s identity. This movie eventually turns into a game of cat-and-mouse.

2016 Denial

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall

Rachel Weisz stars as a historian who fights to protect historical truth and prove that the Holocaust was a real event that happened in the past after she is sued for libel by a person who denies that such a thing ever happened.

2017 Marshall

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, and Josh Gad

Marshall follows the story of Thurgood Marshall, the very first African-American Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. The movie takes a closer look at how he dealt with and navigated one of the most important cases of his career.

2018 RGB

Starring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, and Harryette Helsel

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led an incredible life and established a very impressive and amazing legal legacy. RBG is a story about her life, work, and contribution to the U.S. judicial system.

2019 Dark Waters

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Bill Camp

This legal thriller shows how a corporate defense attorney takes on one of the most powerful chemical companies that have been involved in environmental pollution for years.

These movies from the past decade put the drama in legal drama and are perfect for both leisure and research.

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