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Infographic Friday: How a Legal Movie Led to an Infographic


A post-weekend legal water cooler discussion led to an infographic about the best legal movies of all time:

“Over the weekend, my colleague David had watched A Few Good Men for the first time,” wrote Adam Banner, an Oklahoma City-based attorney. “David isn’t a criminal defense lawyer, and he mentioned that the film gave him a new outlook on the prosecutorial system and what it must be like in the heat of a criminal trial.”

The discussion evolved into the best legal movies of all time – a debate that also sparked another idea:

We thought about doing a blog post on our personal favorite 10 legal films, but that song has been played out.

Instead, we made our own top 10 list and married it up with 14 other well-respected lists to get a weighted result. Since it seems no one else has taken this approach (or at least recorded their results) we decided to make an infographic about it as well. In all, a total of 54 movies received votes.

The infographic rates the best legal movies not just by Mr. Banner’s weighted-rank, but also visualizes the legal movies that won the most Oscars, performed best at the box office, and references notable mentions.

We first spotted this infographic on a post on Above the Law and Mr. Banner serves on the LexisNexis Firm Manager Advisory Board.

Is there a movie about the legal profession that isn’t mentioned that you’d recommend?


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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.