When you hear the name John Grisham a lot of people will automatically think of a court room setting and a high-priced lawyer trying to make the case that will elevate their career or set an innocent person free. Grisham is well-known for his award-winning books and the movies they’ve created as well as the procedural manner in which his stories are depicted. In fact you could say that he’s got the inside track on the court room since he’s been a lawyer and has firsthand experience when it comes to how being in a courtroom feels and what goes on. That’s the biggest part why his stories make so much sense even if they’re a bit over the top at times just to make them pop enough for an audience. He knows what he’s writing about since he’s lived at least part of it, and that alone makes him the type of authority that’s worth listening to.
Here are some of the best John Grisham books that were turned into movies.
5. The Chamber
The sins of a family are revisited in this gripping tale when Adam, who is the grandson of Sam Cayhall, a noted bombing suspect and convicted murderer, decides to try and make sense of his grandfather’s case. As he begins to dig into the past however he unearths truths and long-forgotten lies that muddy the case and begin to reveal facts about the bombing that put Cayhall in prison that don’t make sense. Eventually the guilty party that set the bomb to kill, not just intimidate, is found and arrested, but for his part in the bombing Sam is still sent to the gas chamber. The hope however is that with his rejection of the KKK finally the family sins have finally been exorcised.
4. The Rainmaker
In the world of lawyers there are a great number of tricks that come into play when plying the trade since one thing it seem that people are taught both in and out of law school at times is how to abandon their ethics and morals when it’s most convenient. This is the case in this film since Rudy’s opposition have no trouble trying to discredit and disrupt a family’s attempts to sue an insurance agency when it attempts to deny a claimant aid during his battle with leukemia. Even when Rudy wins the case however the company files for bankruptcy, insuring that it won’t have to pay out a single dime. Yeah, it’s dirty, but apparently it’s legal.
3. The Client
When young kids witness a suicide or a murder it’s hard to cover up since kids either go quiet or want to tell someone but don’t know who they can trust. When Mark goes to Reggie in an effort to try and stay out of jail or otherwise get in trouble she takes him on as a client and thus becomes embroiled in a mafia-driven scheme to get rid of the body and kill any witnesses that might have been around, and those that the boy might have talked to. Throughout the movie it’s seen that the mafia don’t have a big limit on their reach and that Reggie is willing to do anything to protect her young client.
2. A Time to Kill
You don’t really need to be a father to grasp the emotions that run throughout this movie, but in order to really get the idea of why it’s so important being the father of daughters does kind of help. When his little girl is beaten, raped, and tortured, Carl Lee does what a lot of fathers would be thinking, he took the law into his own hands since the law wouldn’t do anything to the men that harmed his daughter. Brigance is a white lawyer, which is one of the reasons Carl Lee asked for his help, but he’s also a father, and someone that knows what a person would be driven to do if their child was harmed. But his closing statement is still powerful, and quite meaningful.
1. The Firm
Sometimes the job of a lifetime comes disguised as one big mousetrap that the mouse doesn’t even realize is rigged to trip them up. Mitch didn’t come from money despite the fact that his wife did, so when a top-level firm expresses interest in him and pays to set him up as one of their most trusted employees it’s a sign that seems to indicate that he’s made it to the top. But when he finds out that the firm is participating in illegal activities and is willing to kill to keep things quiet he has to make a very hard choice about whether he’s going to go along and possibly go down with them, or somehow keep his position as a lawyer and make sure they fall on their own.
John Grisham writes a very compelling story, and it’s seen in the movies that resulted from each book.