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5 Fact-Based Films Every Paralegal Must Binge Watch

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Movies are all about intriguing sub-plots, car chases, shoot-outs, and loads of suspense – not to mention those edge-of-the-seat moments that have you biting your nails off… After all, this is what keeps ones attention and them stuck to their seats till the very end.

However, nothing can be compared to the true-life snapshot that documentaries have to offer, since they’re solely focused on real life incidents unfolding in one’s life… add to that, the fact-based movies that have been recently released give away the most gripping anecdotes you’ve ever come across and they’ll leave you open-mouthed for sure, as you really won’t believe what you’re being told.

Whilst a zest of drama is added in every Hollywood movie, be it legal matters like making a Will and passing on the legacy to charity or simply family issues, a documentary always gives you a quick look through the actualities of criminal justice and lawsuits. Besides, nothing can hook you in the way a real life story can, especially when it’s narrated by the one who has lived it.

That being said, in this article we’ve picked up 5 best fact-based documentaries that every paralegal must binge watch. So let’s get going… perhaps you could pen down a point or two that could be used in the near future.


If you’re looking for something that’s more than a documentary and wayyy better than good, then Serial is what you must watch right away! An investigation on the murder of a 19 year old high school student, named Hae Min Lee, and the sentence of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed, this one of its kind podcast captivated a huge amount of audience all across the globe in the 1st season itself.

The facts that were revealed by the investigation team of Serial were brought up by a Maryland jury in giving away Adnan a retrial.

Well, it goes without saying that the constant flow of dramatic tension throughout the case along with heaps of questions regarding the remorse of the accused is what made it a must-watch documentary in 2014 – it was no doubt the most downloaded series. Not to mention the Peabody Award it won in the year 2015 for its immense fame!

Nonetheless, the heed paid towards minute trial details and lawful manoeuvre is what helps it catch the eye of every paralegal.

The Central Park Five

When the screen says it’s a Ken Burns movie, it means just one thing – sit up and pay heed to every detail. Even more, his only expedition in the realm of law was incredibly amazing so much so that it was awarded with the Peabody Award in the year 2013.

Based on the case of 4 black young adults and a Hispanic who were falsely sentenced of raping a white woman in Central Park in the year 1989, this fact-based movie resounds even today.

Ken’s co-director and very own daughter Sara Burns witnessed the legal thrash about for reparation, which these teenagers were going through. She, in fact, was a paralegal working the firm defending the guys!

The perfect blend of compelling storyline capabilities and professional paralegal standpoint of the much-admired Ken Burns is what has helped him give race and mob mentality a murky yet essential look. This is reason enough for this documentary to be on the list.

West of Memphis

Are you amongst those who think that Peter Jackson has worked only in the fantasy world? Well, go watch West of Memphis and better get your facts cleared!

Being the co-producer of West Memphis Three – a case based on 3 teens sentenced for the slaughtering of 3 kids in an uncanny Satanic ritual – Peter put forward a gripping real life story of prosecutorial outwit and police malfeasance.

The documentary maps out the entire course of prosecution, following the sentence of imprisonment and ultimate release of those men after 18 years of being behind bars!

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris is the one who established what we all have come to think of as the new trend of criminal documentary through his “The Thin Blue Line”.  His research on the murder of police officer, following the prosecution and the death conviction of the man who perhaps didn’t even commit the crime were all clued-up by his very own background who worked as Morris’s personal investigator.

One thing that every paralegal would for sure be pleased about is the kickass investigation that Errol has put into this documentary, although these are focused on the wrongdoing of prosecutors and police, which is plain as the nose on their face.

So, there we have it – the best documentaries one will ever come across. On a lazy Sunday morning, binge watch these movies and maybe take a leaf out of each of the director’s books!