Movie Litigation Cases – Justice Will Prevail!

movie litigation cases

Justice Will Prevail.  Well, it almost always does in movie litigation cases….

With so many genres of movies to choose from, we all have our favourites.  One of the genres that always grabs my interest and attention is that of law movies.  Many of the litigation cases portrayed are often based on true stories or best-selling novels, which makes the subject much more gripping.

If you enjoy getting involved in a gritty litigation case take a look at some of these best movies of all time .

Philadelphia (1993)

Centred around an employment litigation case where Oscar-winning Tom Hanks, a gay attorney, claimed he was fired from his position after discovering he had aids.  This movie was inspired by the real-life lawsuit of Geoffrey Bowers which took six years to reach a conclusion.  Although a huge compensation payment was received I can’t help but wonder how much was made by the litigation funding companies.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Again based on a real litigation case, in this movie Julia Roberts plays a paralegal and environmental activist. Her investigation into a property case brings to light some illegal dumping of a toxic chemical which contaminated the water supply.  The effect on the local community was devastating. The real life litigation case lasted over 10 years! The real Erin Brockovich is still working in the legal industry today.

A Few Good Men (1992)

“You can’t handle the truth” has to be one of the most famous lines from a legal movie ever!  Based in a military court room, the story centres around two low ranking Marines being court-martialed for the death of a colleague after a “code red”. The Marines insist that they are simply following the chain of command after being given the “code red” order, which the Colonel denies was ever given. The original play from which this movie was taken was based around the real life military case of David Iglesias.

Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

A family litigation case is the focus of this movie as a couple fight over the custody of their child.  Kramer vs Kramer is a virtual slap in the face reminder of just how painfully damaged domestics relationships can become when a litigation case turns nasty.  Is this scenario set to become common place now that litigation funding or loans are available for divorce cases? Get the tissues ready when watching this one.


One thing that all of the above movies have in common is that when watching we want justice to prevail! And in the movies it usually does. Hooray!


Do you have a favourite movie genre or legal movie that I haven’t mentioned?  Let me know in the comments.


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