Every generation has its famous fictional lawyers in some form, whether in a book, in movies, or on a TV show. Here is a list of some of the major favorites.
An all time favorite fictional lawyer is Perry Mason, played by Raymond Burr. This stout, keenly intelligent and well mannered character was both lawyer and detective. He took personal interest in every client and case in a manner comparable to todays crime scene investigators. Mason also had a staff of individuals that supported his efforts to make sure that he won all of his cases and that justice was always served. Perry Mason was filmed in black and white early on and used a Hitchcock style of cinematography that lifted the heights of the television murder mystery to new levels.
During the 80s, Ben Matlock (played by Andy Griffith) was the most famous and popular fictional lawyer to grace television and screen. This southern born character who loved hotdogs won his cases with a combination of wit and country charm. Matlock was a lawyer that cared about his clients and only took cases that addressed some rather controversial issues of the time. Ben was not afraid to tangle with the bad guys at times either, although he never went looking for trouble it occasionally came to his doorstep. Money never seemed to be a concern for Matlock as he represented many of his clients for no fee.
Lt. Daniel Kaffee
A famous fictional lawyer closer to the present generation is Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) of A Few Good Men. A rag-tag Navy Officer, whose only concern was making money, having fun and meeting girls, suddenly finds himself right in the middle of one of the most controversial cases to be tried by a military court. Two Marines are charged with carrying out orders that led to the death of a fellow comrade. The most famous line in the movie is when Kaffee tells Colonel Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) I want the truth! and Jessup replies You cant handle the truth!
The intensely motivated lawyer of the district attorneys office played by Sam Waterson graces the long-running and popular television show Law and Order. Jack McCoy has a long series of wins and occasional losses from 1994 to 2009. This very aggressive lawyer would do everything and often times anything to get a defendant convicted that he was convinced is guilty. McCoy is at times heartless and passes out charges against people when it suits his plan and motives. The contra-distinction of McCoy lies in the fact that during his closing arguments in many cases presented him as a lawyer who actually cared.