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Poll: Which Movie Best Makes Legal History?

Which movie inspired by a real-life courtroom case or actual litigation that forever changed history* is the most compelling legal story?

* Answer pool options made history both as landmark, influential and precedent setting cases, as well as, more infamous and sensational cases. Regardless, all are well-known, influential and had a historical impact.

Discuss the topic here.

Results of 551 votes:

  1. 1.

    A Few Good Men (1992)

     
    A fictionalized drama inspired by a Guantanamo Bay Naval Base hazing incident by Marines and their subsequent attempted murder trial in 1986.
  2. 2.

    Philadelphia (1993)

     
    A fictionalized drama inspired by two different real-life attorneys with AIDS who had sued their respective employers for wrongful termination in 1987 and 1990.
  3. 3.

    Erin Brockovich (2000)

     
    A biographical drama inspired by a Hinkley, CA groundwater contamination class action lawsuit against P.G. & E settled in 1996. It led to a US$333 million settlement, a record at the time.

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