Lights, Camera, Action!: Osgoode Hall on the Big Screen

If you have been spending a lot of time watching movies and TV these days, you might have noticed a familiar building in the background of some late 90s and early 2000s movies and TV shows. While filming at Osgoode does not happen anymore, back in the day large film productions took over the grounds, halls, and even the library during evenings and weekends.

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Law on the Big Screen

This being the end of COVID-19 week 10, we thought it might be a good time to update our blog post of a few years ago on great legal movies. If your pandemic entertainment has so far consisted of bingeing Netflix series or scrolling through memes, maybe it’s time to settle in and watch a good legal drama, comedy or documentary. 

Here are some “best legal movie” lists to help you remember all the classic courtroom dramas and discover a host of entertaining and thought-provoking new legal films:

The 25 Greatest Legal Movies: Expanding the Boundaries (American Bar Association, 2018) 

Top legal-themed films selected by a panel of experts (lawyers, law professors and a judge). Each selection has a brief synopsis and a bonus bit of trivia about the film. See also the ABA’s 25 More Great Movies: Honorable Mentions (2018).

All-Time List of Best Legal Films (, 2020)

The best lawyer movies in chronological order, from 2019 back to the 1930’s. 

Law-Related Movies (Ted Tjaden, updated January 2020)

Almost 200 law-related movies organized by title, subject and genre.

Best Legal Movies of All Time (Oklahoma Legal Group, 2014)

Top 10 list accompanied by an infographic showing Academy Award data and Rotten Tomatoes rating for each film. 

Happy viewing!

*The picture used for this post, “12 Angry Men” by mdmdeals, is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0*

Greatest Legal Movies

The ABA Journal recently updated its 2008 list of “The 25 Greatest Legal Movies”. The new 2018 list was again chosen by a panel of lawyers, law professors and judges. It includes all the classic courtroom dramas from Judgment at Nuremberg to 12 Angry Men, as well as newer legal-themed films, such as Spotlight (2015). This Best Picture winner follows a team of Boston Globe reporters investigating accusations of sexual abuse and cover-ups that led to criminal and civil litigation against the Roman Catholic Church.

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