Law Related DVDs
Law Related DVDs
All DVDs on this list can be checked out by Widener law students. Please ask at the circulation desk for more information.
Absence of Malice / produced and directed by Sydney Pollack.
A businessman becomes the subject of a criminal investigation when a story about him is purposely “leaked” to an investigative reporter.
PN1997 .A27 1997
The Accused / director, Jonathan Kaplan.
A fiercely independent woman is gang raped, then battles the legal system twice, going after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assualt.
PN1997 .A33 2002.
All of Me / directed by Carl Reiner.
Martin plays a lawyer who would rather be a jazz musician. Tomlin plays a terminally ill spinster who intends to have her soul transported into the beautiful body of a stable hand’s daughter. Her soul takes over the right side of Martin’s body.
PN1997 .A44 1998
American Tragedy / directed by Lawrence Schiller.
The story the public never saw of the high profile attorneys of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. What started as a cohesive defense team ends up as a fractured and tarnished group of disagreeing attorneys.
PN1997 .A457 2000
Anatomy of a Murder / produced and directed by Otto Preminger.
A courtoom drama of premeditated murder as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his beautiful wife.
PN1997 .A538 2000.
… And Justice for All / directed by Norman Jewison.
A young lawyer battles not only one-on-one injustice, but the whole justice system itself.
PN1997 .A54 2004.
The Andersonville Trial / directed by George C. Scott.
Explores the moral dilemma of responsibility for the prison camp in Andersonville, Ga., where 14,000 Union soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War.
PN1997 .A544 2003
Bananas / director, Woody Allen.
Absurd humor borders on insanity as a tester of strange gadgets quits his Manhattan job and flees to South America to eventually become leader of a mythical country.
PN1997 .B36 2000
Barbarians at the Gate / directed by Glenn Jordan.
In the 1980s, everyone was making the big bucks and F. Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR Nabisco, wants to make his fortune. He decides to buy out the Nabisco shareholders and take over his company in order to escape the tyranny of the stockholders. Johnson is introduced to the master of the leveraged buyout, Henry Kravis, but afraid of losing the company to this sharp dealer, he decides to make his move with Peter Cohen. Kravis mounts his own buy-out campaign, which leads to a battle for control of Nabisco.
PN1997 .B37 2001.
Breaker Morant / directed by Bruce Beresford.
Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants.
PN1997 .B74 1997.
The Castle / directed by Rob Sitch.
Even though there is an airport practically running through their backyard, the eccentric Kerrigan clan loves their humble home. But when the airfield needs room to expand, the government says that the Kerrigans have got to go. This hilarious family decides to stay and fight for their beloved “castle”…no matter how far the conflict goes!
PN1997 .C375 1999
Changing Lanes / director, Roger Michell.
A minor traffic accident turns two perfect strangers into vicious adversaries waging an all-out war of personal destruction.
PN1997.2 .C43 2002
A Civil Action / directed by Steven Zallian.
A high-priced personal injury attorney takes on a case that becomes an epic legal battle … one that may cost him his career, reputation and all that he owns.
PN1997 .C48 1999.
Class Action / director, Michael Apted.
Two lawyers, father and daughter, face off against each other in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. The case concerns a potentially defective auto design that could involve corporate corruption and violations of legal ethics.
PN1997 .C53 2004.
The Crucible / director, Nicholas Hytner.
A group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret love-conjuring ceremony. When the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax.
PN1997 .C78 2004
Dead Man Walking / written and directed by Tim Robbins.
Tells the story of convicted killer Matthew Poncelet and Sister Helen Prejean, his spiritual advisor, and the journey they undertake in search of the truth.
PN1997 .D425 1999.
Disclosure / director, Barry Levinson.
When an executive in a large company resists the advances of his new boss who is also a former love, she charges him with sexual harassment. Suddenly his marriage and his career are at risk, and his struggle to extricate himself leads to the exposure of an executive conspiracy.
PN1997 .D57 1997
Eight Men Out / director/screenplay, John Sayles.
Based on the real-life scandal of 1919, the film tells the story of eight baseball players who plan to throw games for money, and the scorn and anger the scheme earned them.
PN1997 .E54 2001.
Erin Brockovich / directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
PN1997 .E75 2000.
Evelyn / director, Bruce Beresford.
In 1953, Desmond Doyle takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children. Despite a strong work ethic, Desmond has a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond’s wife walks out on the relationship and his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law. A court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he’s capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him.
PN1997 .E94 2003
Find Me Guilty / directed by Sidney Lumet.
Mobster Jackie Dee DiNorscio tries to strike a bargain with police: a shorter prison term in exchange for ratting on his fellow mobsters. He takes matters in his own hands when he defends himself instead, turning the courtroom upside down.
PN1997.2 .F56 2006
The Firm / producer/director, Sydney Pollack.
A brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad joins a small, prosperous law firm in Memphis, and is soon confronted by FBI agents with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm.
PN1997 .F57 2000.
First Monday in October / directed by Ronald Neame.
When the first woman is nominated to the Supreme Court, she butts heads with another judge. They soon learn to respect each other, but through a number of comedic encounters.
PN1997 .F58 2004.
Flash of Genius / directed by Marc Abraham.
Based on the true story of Robert Kearns. The Kearns’ were a typical 1960s Detroit family. Bob is a college professor and part-time inventor. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns’ think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants, who originally embraced Bob’s creation, unceremoniously shun him. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life’s work, or anyone else’s for that matter, should be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. He and his family pay the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity.
PN1997.2 .F53 2009
The Fortune Cookie / produced and directed by Billy Wilder.
A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit.
PN1997 .F67 2001.
Fracture / directed by Gregory Hoblit.
Ted Crawford is a wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous structural engineer who lives in Los Angeles. He shoots his wife and entraps her lover. After the police arrive, he signs a confession. At his arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot D.A. who is getting ready to leave for a civil-law firm. He is told by everyone the case is open and shut. Crawford, however, sees Beachum’s weakness – the hairline fracture of his character.
PN1997.2 .F73 2007
Guilty as Sin / directed by Sidney Lumet.
A criminal attorney who plays to win meets her match when she represents a playboy who is accused of murdering his wealthy wife.
PN1997 .G85 1993
High Crimes / director, Carl Franklin.
Claire is a high-powered attorney whose perfect life comes crashing down around her when her husband is charged with high crimes of murder. Enlisting the aid of a shrewd military attorney, Claire will risk her career and even her life to find out the truth.
PN1997 .H54 2002
The Hurricane / directed by Norman Jewison.
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter’s published memoir, The Sixteenth Round, inspires a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believe in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.
PN1997 .H87 2000
I Am Sam / directed by Jessie Nelson.
Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks, is obsessed with the Beatles and has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them. As the daughter reaches age 7, Sam’s limitations start to become a problem. When the authorities take his daughter away, Sam shames a high-priced lawyer into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it’s really all you need.
PN1997 .I2 2002.
Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story / a film by Michael Apted.
Examines the 1975 incident where armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, resulting in the deaths of a Native American and two FBI agents. Explores the controversy and potential abuse of justice surrounding the case of Leonard Peltier, who was the sole person in the incident convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
PN1997 .I53 2004
Inherit the Wind / produced and directed by Stanley Kramer.
A small Tennessee town gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher was arrested for violating state law and teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in the classroom.
PN1997 .I54 2002
Jagged Edge / directed by Richard Marquand.
An attorney falls in love with her charming, manipulative defendant who is the prime suspect in a vicious murder case.
PN1997 .J34 2006
Judgment at Nuremberg / directed by Stanley Kramer.
American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of “legalizing” Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.
PN1997 .J83 2004
Kramer vs. Kramer / written for the screen and directed by Robert Benton.
When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted’s wife returns and she wants her son back.
PN1997 .K73 2001.
Legally Blonde / directed by Robert Luketic.
When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.
PN1997.2 .L44 2004.
LiarLiar / directed by Tom Shadyac.
Jim Carrey stars as a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar who, forced by his son’s birthday wish, must tell the truth for the next 24 hours.
PN1997 .L53 1999
The Life of David Gale / director, Alan Parker.
David Gale is an active member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. Constance is a fellow Deathwatch activist. When Constance is found raped and murdered, Gale is convicted of the crime. Now Gale awaits execution, and with less than a week before his date with the fatal injection, Gale agrees to tell his story to Bitsy, a nervy journalist from a major newsmagazine. As she discusses the facts of the murder with Gale, it occurs to her that the details simply don’t add up. Soon a mysterious stranger begins to slip evidence to her that suggests Gale has been framed.
PN1997.2 .L54 2003
Losing Isaiah / director, Stephen Gyllenhaal.
A woman who has adopted an abandoned child to give it a new life has to fight for him when his birth mother shows up and wants him back.
PN1997 .L67 2003.
Maria Full of Grace / written & directed by Joshua Marston.
Maria, a poor Columbian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin – which she swallows – to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than she bargained for.
PN1997.2 .M37 2004
Michael Clayton / written and directed by Tony Gilroy.
Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder, Marty Bach. Burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
PN1997.2 .M53 2008
My Cousin Vinny / directed by Jonathan Lynn.
Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2000.
Two carefree pals mistakenly arrested and charged with murder are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny’s never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade.
PN1997 .M9 2000.
North Country / directed by Niki Caro.
Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. – Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.
PN1997.2 .N67 2006
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / directed by Milos Forman.
The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.
PN1997 .O54 1997
The Paper Chase / director, James Bridges.
A moving story of a first-year Harvard Law School student who comes to terms with his dreams in America’s most competitive school. Hart finds he must survive much more than the pressures, all-night cramming and insecurities he expected. He becomes fearful of a brilliant professor, who terrorizes some, inspires others and who easily seperates the men from the boys.
PN1997 .P37 2003.
People vs. Larry Flynt / directed by Milos Forman.
Notorious “Hustler” publisher who was sued by the religious Right and paralyzed by a fanatic’s bullet.
PN1997 .P427 2003.
Philadelphia / directed by Jonathan Demme.
Two competing lawyer join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.
PN1997 .P55 2004.
Presumed Innocent / director, Alan J. Pakula.
Rusty Sabich’s been swept up in an obsessive affair with a coworker in the prosecutor’s office. When she is murdered, he’s asked to lead the investigation. Then, astonishingly, he’s accused of the crime. He’s the perfect suspect and his fight to clear his name pulls him into a whirlpool of lies and secrets.
PN1997 .P74 1997
Reversal of Fortune / director, Barbet Schroeder.
Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow attempt to murder his wife Sunny at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? The tabloids of the day certainly had their opinions. “You have one thing in your favor,” defense attorney Alan Dershowitz told von Bulow, “Everybody hates you.” Reversal of Fortune is the acclaimed movie version of events that had all America talking. Jeremy Irons plays von Bulow in an Academy Award winning performance of icy brittleness that also won a Golden Globe and Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Awards. Glen Close is wanly elegant as the heiress.
PN1997 .R48 2001
Reversible Errors / directed by Mike Robe.
Arthur Raven is a successful corporate lawyer whose world is turned upside-down when he is assigned to draft the final appeal of a potentially innocent inmate as he is nearing his execution date.
PN1997.2 .R48 2004
The Shawshank Redemption / directed by Frank Darabont.
City banker Andy Dufresne arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders, he received a double life sentence. Within the confines of the prison, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison “fixer” Red. He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison’s guards, as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. With the extraordinary twist in the tale, Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying.
PN1997 .S53 2004
Skokie / director, Herbert Wise.
A small, predominantly Jewish suburb is forced to confront its deepest fears about American rights and freedoms when a Nazi organizer selects it as the location for his next rally. Based on actual events.
PN1997 .S66 2002.
The Staircase / directed by Jean-Xavier de Lastrade.
With all the trappings of a classic murder mystery, The Staircase chronicles the sensational story of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.
KF224 .P48 S83 2005
A Stranger in Town / directed by Roy Rowland.
In a small town politically corrupt and riddled with graft, the noble judge cannot resist helping local lawyer and serviceman-to-be, Bill Adams (Richard Carlson) run a clean campaign against the despotic Mayor James Connison (Robert Barrat) and his council of crooked citizens. A final courtroom showdown leads to an eloquent speech by Justice Grant about the burning responsibilities of United States citizenship, the miracle of democratic government – of, for and by the people, and the dangers of political and social indifference.
PN1997 .S77 2004.
Suspect / a Peter Yates film.
Bizarre evidence leads Kathleen on a dangerous trail from Washington’s seamy underbelly to the highest levels of government. And the closer she gets to the answers, the more her life is in danger. Cher and Dennis Quaid take the law into their own hands in this daring suspense thriller where everything is revealed in court–except the truth.
PN1997 .S87 2004
The Sweet Hereafter / a film by Atom Egoyan.
Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town’s calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep.
PN1997 .S93 1998.
The Talk of the Town / produced and directed by George Stevens.
A fugitive, falsely accused of murder, is aided by a schoolteacher and a Supreme Court nominee in George Stevens’ serio-comic look at law and justice in America.
PN1997 .T35 2003.
A Time to Kill / a Joel Schumacher film.
A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town’s racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.
To Kill a Mockingbird / directed by Robert Mulligan.
Gregory Peck plays a southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a time, a place, and above all, a mood, makes this film a masterpiece.
PN1997 .T6 2005.
True Believer / a Joseph Ruben film.
A once acclaimed civil rights attorney of the 60′s, now an embittered cynic who makes a living defending drug-dealing low-lifes, has his passion for justice rekindled by an idealistic young associate.
PN1997 .T78 2005.
12 Angry Men / directed by Sidney Lumet.
Depicts a jury of men who must decide the fate of a teenage boy who has murdered his abusive father. The jurors are from all walks of life, and bring with them their own opinions, prejudices, fears, and personal demons.
PN1997 .T84 2001.
The Verdict / directed by Sidney Lumet.
A down-and-out lawyer takes on the system against impossible odds.
PN1997 .V47 2005.
Wall Street / directed by Oliver Stone.
An ambitious young stockbroker is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage.
PN1997 .W35 2000
The War of the Roses / directed by Danny DeVito.
A perfect 18-year marriage suddenly becomes unglued. Rather than just get divorced, Oliver and Barbara Rose declare war, fighting to the bitter end over their huge mansion and every possession in it.
PN1997 .W37 2001
Witness for the Prosecution / directed by Billy Wilder.
A man is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant’s mysterious wife stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband. The web of intrigue is finally unwoven in a shocking, chilling conclusion.
PN1997 .W58 2001.
Young Mr. Lincoln / directed by John Ford.
In this unforgettable portrait of the early life of the Great Emancipator, young Mr. Lincoln, after teaching himself law, has barely started practicing when an Independence Day celebration ends with a stabbing. Abe first stops a lynch mob from killing brothers Matt and Adam Clay, and then defends them against a seasoned prosecutor and his crafty adviser. As presented here, Lincoln is a strong but peaceful frontier democrat, his quiet, awkward, folksy demeanor the outward manifestation of a deep humility, and a wise sadness at human folly. His awareness that his attempts to reconcile opposing forces–despite the occasional temporary victory–are doomed but necessary, hint at the character that will respond to the destiny that awaits him.
PN1997 .Y68 2006