Something we absolutely love here at Van Norman Law is watching legal movies. When you are a member of the legal profession, you have a unique perspective on these fascinating and fun films. You know what is realistic and what isn’t. You may even have a strong opinion about the legal issues in the film. In today’s blog, we will look at two of our all-time favorite legal movies. These are movies that were not only phonemically well done, but that left a lasting mark on us as well.

1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

The film of 12 Angry Men is based on a stage play that was written by Reginald Rose in 1954. It is tense, dynamic, dramatic, and unbelievably atmospheric. Even today, many films fail to reach the standard set by this classic. The movie follows the deliberations of a jury in a death penalty case. With the initial vote, things seem to be going smoothly, as 11 of the 12 jurors vote ‘guilty.’ However, the lone standout refuses to change his vote. This causes tensions to rise because the jurors begin to argue back and forth. Each juror carries with them their own history, perspective, opinions, and biases which plays a role in the unfolding drama.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

It seems we are fans of the classics here at Van Norman Law. For many, Atticus Finch, as played by Gregory Peck, is held as the ideal lawyer. He is good hearted, noble, and quietly courageous. He fights for what is right, no matter the odds. He stands, steadfastly by his beliefs. It is not uncommon to hear a lawyer say that this movie inspired them to pursue a career in law. To Kill a Mockingbird may be decades old, but it touches on such timeless themes that the movie still resonates with audiences today.