Our Favorite Courtroom Movies [Video]

Posted December 28, 2012 in On the Lighter Side Video by


Can you recall what movie had the classic line “You can’t handle the truth!”

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine describes his favorite movies about the law and shares some interesting facts about them. He reviews Hollywood classics with moments you’ll probably remember if you’ve seen the films and adds his perspective through a legal lens:

  • “A Few Good Men” – Larry revisits this military courtroom drama written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Rob Reiner. This film depicts the trial of marines charged with murder and crescendos with one of Jack Nicholson’s most explosive, memorable Hollywood lines.
  • “My Cousin Vinny” – Joe Pesci’s opening statement as a defense attorney representing his cousin charged with murder is an all-time favorite movie moment.


  • “Erin Brockovich” – Based on a true story of a single mother, a paralegal who crusades against toxic waste dumpers, this production remains one of the greatest consumer advocacy movies today. Perfect for our Lawyers.com readers and viewers.
  • “Kramer vs. Kramer” – It’s the ultimate child custody movie. Our video provides special insight into what made Dustin Hoffman’s performance particularly gripping in this film of family law.


Although we understand legal problems are not so entertaining in real life, legal dramas provide some of the most compelling stories in cinematic history. Watch our Lawyers.com video with Larry’s full review of his favorite legal movies. And let us know what yours are.

For other legal entertainment stories, see Your Guide to Legal Lingo in Movies & TV and Why We Are Fascinated with Legal TV Shows, Books & Movies?

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