Monday, March 21, 2011

That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection. Overruled.

For a while I was seriously interested in becoming a lawyer, including LSAT study. Perhaps that's why I have such an affinity for what we might call "courtroom" movies.

For your consideration, the Top 10 Courtroom Movies:
  1. A Few Good Men
  2. 12 Angry Men
  3. My Cousin Vinny
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. Helter Skelter
  6. The Music Box
  7. A Time to Kill
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. Men of Honor
  10. Runaway Jury



At 21 March, 2011 06:18, Anonymous Lance said...

Wow. I'm surprised #5 is not #1, esp. since Bugliosi's watch stopped.

At 21 March, 2011 17:46, Anonymous Alex Humphrey said...

haha! I love "My Cousin Vinny."

This is a great list. I haven't seen one or two of these. Looks like they need to be thrown onto my "must rent" list.

At 21 March, 2011 19:57, Blogger Rev. said...

"Objection. Counsel's entire opening statement is argumentative."

I like your #1, though I believe your #2 or #4 could easily fill that slot. Of those, my favorite is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

'Helter Skelter' - jeepers creepers!

'Miracle on 34th Street' - Top 10 courtroom movie & Top 10 Christmas flick. Most excellent!

Didn't care for 'Runaway Jury'. Might've liked it except I read the book first.

Funny thing is that I was thinking about doing a movie post the other day. Will probably go ahead and do one now.

At 21 March, 2011 21:09, Blogger GUNNY said...

@Lance, Helter Skelter was a difficult one. It was the only one on the list that gave me nightmares ... nay, still gives me nightmares. Yet, I'm afraid Charlie might get tender I didn't rank his movie high enough. Incidentally, and for obvious reasons, I don't wear a watch, just so I won't ever look at it and see it stopped ... knowing Charlie is near.

@Alex, we call our youth group at church our "Yutes" in honor of Vinny. Oh, if you haven't seen Helter Skelter, don't watch it alone ... or with the lights off.

@Rev, I actually shuffled those top 4 many times, finally deciding based on extra points for number of times I've watched the movie and for the number of quotable lines.

I only watched Runaway Jury once, but I liked that it wasn't your garden variety predictable movie. Of course, had I read the book, I probably wouldn't have had much suspense.

Dude, Miracle on 34th Street gets little press in comparison to It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas and Christmas Vacation and How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Elf and Scrooged, but it's by far the most under-appreciated of that genre, if you axe me.

I look forward to your movie post, brother.

At 21 March, 2011 21:11, Blogger GUNNY said...

FYI ... I didn't realize Runaway Jury was a book first, but it's in good company. Many of those came from a book.

At 22 March, 2011 13:45, Blogger Oilcan said...

Presumed Innocent with Harrison Ford is a good lawyer movie.

Plus, there is a plethora of Law & Order episodes which I am sure will more than satisfy your courtroom drama needs.

At 22 March, 2011 13:50, Blogger Oilcan said...

Hey Guuny, #6 should be "Music Box", unless you meant the 1932 Laurel & Hardy movie "The Music Box".

I haven't seen either, but will check out the Music Box.

At 22 March, 2011 16:33, Anonymous Lance said...

Loved book and movie of Runaway Jury. LOL'd a few times. I believe it may be the only film that Hoffman and Hackman appear in, together.

The Rainmaker is nice, too. Jon Voight plays a mean defense attorney.


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