Friday, August 15, 2014

Best Courtroom Films

With exam week coming to an end, we just want to say congratulations to all Law students (as well as all other Bond students), and hopefully all your hard work has paid off.
There will be plenty of work to do next semester, but for now why not grab a few movies from the library and relax?

If you need some inspiration, here is our list of Top 10 courtroom films available from the Bond library.
Click on the film title to find the film in the library catalogue A Few Good Men

As well as being a great film, this movie contains one of the most quotable lines ever: "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"
Erin Brockovich

In the year 2000 the Spice Girls went on an "indefinite hiatus" but Girl Power received a new role model in Erin Brockovich, the true story of an unemployed, single mother who brought a class action lawsuit against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
My Cousin Vinny

It's an early 90s comedy staring Joe Pesci. Doesn't sound like much, but this film is surprisingly good. Marisa Tomei even won an Oscar for her role. And if that's not enough, one of the co-stars is Ralph Macchio (that's right, the Karate Kid)!
The People vs Larry Flynt

Woody Harrelson is awesome and everyone should watch all of his movies! In this particular film, he plays the part of Larry Flynt, the publisher of the Hustler magazines who becomes a champion of free speech.
The Lincoln Lawyer

Well cast, solid acting, interesting story, lots of twists and turns, this is a high quality courtroom drama. Matthew McConaughey shows once again (we don't have A Time to Kill in the library but it's well worth a watch) that when given the chance, he actually can act!
Gettin' Square

The courtroom scenes with David Wenham are arguably funnier than the courtroom scenes from The Castle (see below). An Australian comedy, set on the Gold Coast, with an entertaining story and written by a lawyer (Chris Nyst). What more could you want?
The Crucible

Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth and trial. A cautionary tale of the dangers of fear driving law.
The Castle

Ahh... one of the most entertaining and most quotable Australian movies. It's also as moving as it is funny.
Kramer vs Kramer

No, this isn't some sort of hilarious Seinfeld doppelganger episode in which Kramer must use karate to destroy an evil, goatee-sporting version of himself (although that would be pretty cool). It is, however, a heartfelt, heartwrenching, brilliantly acted film in which a divorced couple fight for custody over their young son.
To Kill a Mockingbird

 A must-see film based on a must-see book. This film is without equal in terms of great courtroom films.

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