Netflix sometimes receives a bad rap for peddling sub-par films with little to no entertainment value—objection! Some of the finest films of the 20th and 21st century are actually on the Netflix roster: There Will Be Blood, Good Will Hunting, China Town, American Beauty—to name a few. Moreover, some of the top lawyer movies of all time are among the Netflix A team. Below are a few remarkable courtroom dramas we encourage viewers to watch.
Starring Jody Foster as its heroine, the Accused deals with sexual assault and America’s criminal system. Jody Foster plays her part so well that she won an Oscar for best actress. In the movie, her sexual assailant is let free with a slap on the wrist for his first offense. But he returns to terrorize the heroine again. But thankfully a sharp lawyer comes to the rescue and her rapist is brought to justice.
This movie is a classic. Based on a John Grisham novel, the movie stars Mat Damon as Rudy Baylor, a young ambitious lawyer hoping to break out as an attorney. Rudy stumbles upon a major medical malpractice claim against evil insurance giant, Great Benefit. He becomes involved with a beautiful young girl tied to the case, who happens to have an abusive alcoholic boyfriend. Rudy actually kills this boyfriend in self-defense. And surprisingly, Rudy wins the case against the evil insurance conglomerate. But when the company is forced to pay a nine-figure settlement, the firm flees the country and refuses to pay its bill. The silver lining of this dark cloud is that Rudy vows to become a law professor and teach ethics to the next generation of lawyers.
This movie was nominated for an Oscar. If weaves multiple perspectives together into a coherent, logical, narrative whole. Characters include policemen, drug users, DEA agents, and a judge. Essentially, it traces the vast chain link fence of cause and effect that is legislation.