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FindLaw's Favorite Legal (and Non-Legal) Movies for a Holiday at Home

By Brett Snider, Esq. on December 24, 2013 1:27 PM

After you've finished your holiday shopping, you may be curled up and ready to wait out the holidays at home.

You're in luck, Christmas couch potatoes, because the lawyers on FindLaw's Audience Team have some killer movie recommendations for you and yours.

Here are some of our favorite flicks of the legal -- and not-so-legal -- variety:

Legal Movies

  • "Michael Clayton." FindLaw Content Optimization Analyst Brian Kumnick recommends this 2007 legal thriller, which situates the always smug George Clooney as a "fixer" for a chemical company a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit. Think of it as the companion piece to "Erin Brockovich."
  • "12 Angry Men." FindLaw Senior Content Specialist Adam Ramirez heartily endorses this Henry Fonda classic about 12 jurors hotly debating a murder case. It also features a guy non-ironically wearing a pork pie hat.
  • "Liar Liar." This Jim Carrey vehicle is a must-see from FindLaw Senior Writer Brett Snider. It involves a magic birthday wish that forces a lawyer not to lie. Also, Jim Carrey's usual wild gesticulations, but this time in a suit.
  • "The Lincoln Lawyer." Although President Lincoln was a lawyer, this film recommended by FindLaw Content Marketing Specialist John Karbaf is not about our 16th president. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as a lawyer who has a crisis of conscience.
  • "The Rainmaker." If you want to know what a rainmaker is, you might learn something from this film recommended by FindLaw Senior Writer William Peacock.
  • "My Cousin Vinny." Another movie about a criminal trial, FindLaw Consumer Blogs Editor Andrew Chow recommends this Joe Pesci legal flick. It's worth watching just to hear Marisa Tomei as an "automotive expert."

Non-Legal Movies

  • "Home Alone 2." Another Joe Pesci movie, but still a classic. Snider recommends watching this kooky Xmas movie and reminiscing about toys like the TalkBoy.
  • "Die Hard." Both Karbaf and Kumnick suggest watching this Bruce Willis classic on Christmas because the movie is actually set during a Christmas party. Oh, and listening to Alan Rickman menace people is actually very soothing.
  • "A Christmas Story." Chow recommends this holiday TV mainstay (which marks its 30th anniversary this year) because it was filmed in his native Ohio. And it makes him crave Chinese food around Christmas.
  • "The Godfather." Missing the sound of Marlon Brando mumbling around the holidays? Ramirez suggests popping in this iconic gangster flick that inspired some real life animal beheadings.
  • "Love, Actually." Feeling rom-commy this Xmas? Peacock recommends this Colin Firth/Hugh Grant movie because... love. And because his copy of "The Holiday" is totally worn out.

Happy watching and Happy Holidays!

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