The big-screen version of The Firm, the first of John Grisham’s novels to be adapted for film, was released 20 years ago this week. The movie was a major success both critically and commercially, and its popularity not only made John Grisham a household name, it also ushered in the era of legal thrillers. Grisham was the king of the genre, and his first seven novels were all made into movies before the legal thriller went out of fashion. To celebrate, here’s a ranking of the eight films adapted from Grisham’s books (minus the TV adaptation of A Painted House, a coming-of-age drama, and Christmas With the Kranks — for obvious reasons).
8. The Chamber (1996)
John Grisham, having already hit it big in the movie adaptation business with The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client, didn’t even bother to finish writing The Chamber before selling the film rights. The result? A pandering dud of a movie that hardly resembles the book on which it is based.