The 5 Greatest Lawyers in Film

Posted on October 23, 2014 03:15pm
The 5 Greatest Lawyers in Film

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.

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