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Legal Movies

What movie fan can resist responding to Dan Solove’s Law Movie Canon? (Including Breaker Morant is a brilliant stroke, by the way.) Here’s my own, perfectly idiosyncratic list. This is a rough cut, so to speak. I reserve the right to amend it.

I won’t defend or explain my choices (as Dan says, I’m an expert in what I know), except to note that my definition of “law movie” is obviously pretty elastic, even if I am serious about my choices.

Law and economics — The Godfather

Law and social norms — (tie) The Quiet Man and Bull Durham

Critical theory — (tie) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Jaws

Privacy — (tie) The Conversation and Rear Window

Copyright — Shakespeare in Love

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