There are countless movies and legal dramas out there, and many people
have their favorites. Based on popular consensus, here are the five greatest
lawyers in film.
1. Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird is an American classic – Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel turned film has captured audiences since 1960. In this story, Atticus
Finch is a lawyer who represents a black defendant in a very public rape
trial. This story takes place in the Great Depression era Deep South.
The novel prompted this fictional character to be regarded as a hero in
the legal community for years to come.
2. Erin Brockovich
While technically not a lawyer, this legal clerk was paramount in building
a case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company over chromium-contaminated
drinking water in the early 90s. The film adaptation of this real-life
story was released in 2000 with Julia Roberts portraying Brockovich.
3. Paul Biegler
Jimmy Stewart played Paul Biegler in the 1959 legal drama
Anatomy of a Murder. The screenplay for this film was adapted from a novel, which was based
on a real 1952 murder case from the perspective of a defense attorney.
The film received some criticism, but has stood the test of time. Biegler
is still one of the most memorable lawyers portrayed on the silver screen.
4. Vincent "Vinny" Gambini
Vinny Gambini is an inexperienced attorney that gets roped into defending
a suspect in a murder trial in the 1992 comedy
My Cousin Vinny. Unlike hero lawyers like Finch and Brockovich, Vinny is known for his foibles
rather than his feats.
5. Henry Drummond
Henry Drummond is a defense attorney in
Inherit the Wind, a play that was later adapted for film. The story is a fictional account
of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial as well as a commentary on the
McCarthy trials in the midst of the Cold War.