Question of the Week

What Is the Best Law-Related Movie Quote of All Time?


This week, in advance of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, Bloomberg Law is polling its readers about what they think are the best law-related movie lines of all time. Bloomberg Law’s editors chose 10 quotes and assembled a brief video compilation of them.

Tom Cruise was in two of the selected scenes, Above the Law notes:

• New associate Mitch McDeere, played by Cruise in The Firm: “You don’t run me, and they don’t run me. You want to know something weird? I discovered the law again. You actually made me think about it. I managed to get through three years of law school without doing that.”

The Bloomberg Law video featuring the quotes.

• Col. Nathan Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, speaking to the JAG lawyer played by Cruise in A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!”

So this week, we’d like to ask you: What is the best law-related movie quote of all time? One of Bloomberg’s 10? Or did they make an oversight and miss the best one? You can check out our gallery of the 25 Greatest Legal Movies to refresh your memory.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do You Ever Read Law Review Articles? Or Write Them?

Featured answer:

Posted by SouthernLawProf: “I write law review articles on practical matters. My last article discussed the 100 or so docket preference statutes in my state with a handy table at the end, and attorneys have told me how useful it is. I’m also my school’s law review adviser, and I encourage students to write practical articles too—usually on topics that the state supreme court hasn’t decided yet but will have to reach soon.”

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