From “The Paper Chase” to “A Few Good Men,” from “Erin Brockovich” to “My Cousin Vinny,” movies reflect society’s complicated relationship with lawyers. Films represent lawyers as the comic foil, the defender of the downtrodden, the embodiment of evil, and the fighter for justice. By turns the hero and the villain, lawyers are perfect vehicles for whatever point the filmmaker wants to make. Beyond displaying the talent of the film makers, great movie lines reflect what we are as a society.
The editors of Bloomberg Law have selected the 10 funniest, most moving, or most inspiring legal movie lines. It is no surprise that these lines come from the mouths of a range of characters.There’s a ne’er-do-well from Brooklyn, a saint, an alcoholic litigator trying to redeem himself, the world’s most fearsome law professor, and a legal assistant who hates her bosses.
There’s a Navy lawyer trying to rise to the occasion, a first-year associate with the Mob for a client, a First Amendment defender, a very ordinary personal injury lawyer with an extraordinary case, and a Southern attorney decades ahead of his time.
These are the 10 lines about lawyers and the law that we just can’t get out of our heads:
|What’s the greatest legal movie line of all time?|
|The Paper Chase: “Here’s a dime …”|
|The Firm: “I discovered the law again.”|
|Erin Brockovich: “I hate lawyers; I just work for them.”|
|The People v. Larry Flynt: “I’m your dream client …”|
|A Civil Action: “Your odds of surviving a game of Russian Roulette are better …”|
|To Kill a Mockingbird: “Stand up — your father’s passing.”|
|A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!”|
|My Cousin Vinny: “Everything that guy just said is bullshit. Thank you.”|
|A Man for All Seasons: “When the last law was down …”|
|The Verdict: “You are the law.”|
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