Movies Depicting the Role of the Court System
23 November 2022

Movies Depicting the Role of the Court System

There is nothing better than watching and immersing yourself in a good movie. Even better is a mobile that is about a topic that you love - whether it be love and romance, food and cooking, sports, or even for some of us, crime and the United States court system. Movies have a special way of making their viewers feel like they are a part of the story and can often contribute to learning and new knowledge. Below, for all of the crime and legal lovers, we will discuss five movies that depict the role of the United States court system.

  • The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (2020): This movie depicts the story of seven people on trial stemming from anti-Vietnam protests and uprisings during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. This movie is based on a true story of the individuals, and outlines their journeys as they were charged for conspiracy and inciting riots. The movie was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and stars Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is available for viewing only on Netflix as it is one of the platform’s original films.
  • Just Mercy (2019): Michael B. Jordan stars as young Harvard graduate, Bryan Stevenson, who goes on to become one of the world’s most well-known civil rights defense attorneys. After graduating from Harvard, Stevenson moves to Alabama and becomes immersed in the case of Walter McMillian, a pulpwood worker who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to the death penalty. Leaving viewers no the edge of their seats, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson also play major roles in the film. Just Mercy is available to watch on multiple streaming platforms including Netflix and HBO Max as well as on DIRECTV, TNT, TBS, and tru TV.
  • Marshall (2017): This movie follows Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, played by Chadwick Boseman, in the early stages of his career. Taking place in 1940, Marshall was an NAACP lawyer helping Black defendants wrongly accused of crimes. The film follows his case representing Joseph Spell, a chauffeur accused of rape by his white employer. To watch this extraordinary movie, download AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, or the Microsoft Store
  • Bridge of Spies (2015): Directed by Steven Speilberg, this movie takes place during the Cold War and stars legendary actor, Tom Hanks. He plays an American lawyer recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court. The story continues as he then helps the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Mark Rylance and Alan Alda also star in the film. Bridge of Spies is available to watch on Freevee, Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu and Redbox.
  • Liar Liar (1997): One for those who like older movies, Jim Carrey stars as the main character in this film; a pathological liar-lawyer. This movie is definitely more light-hearted than the others on this list, but nonetheless, still a great film. Carrey’s career is turned upside down when he inexplicably can no longer tell a lie, ruining his reputation and the relationships he made along the way. This movie is not based on a true story and is a great pick for those not looking for such a serious watch!

This is just a small list of the all the movies out there depicting the court system. Be sure to try them all and let us know your favorite one!