The Massachusetts Trial Court has been featured in numerous films and TV shows throughout the years...
Live By Night, based on the book of the same name by local author Dennis Lehane and directed by local Ben Affleck, who also plays the lead, used the Lawrence Superior Court to film a bank robbery scene last month.
The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace, used the parking lot of the Chelsea District Court in June 2013 in connection with filming a scene.
American Hustle, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremey Renner, used the Salem Probate and Family in April 2013 to film a couple of scenes. American Hustle received ten Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture, and it won the Golden Globe for Best Picture.
The Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga, used the Plymouth Superior Court in June 2013 to film courtroom scenes for a trial set in a fictional town in Indiana.
Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane, who also provided the voice for the title character, and starring Mila Kunis and local Mark Wahlberg, used the parking lot of the Chelsea District Court in July 2011 to film a scene.
What's Your Number, starring Anna Farris, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt, used the exterior of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in July 2010 to film a scene.
The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga and locals Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, used the exterior of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in June of 2005 to film a scene. The Departed won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director in 2007.
Good Will Hunting, starring the late Robin Williams with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, used the South Boston District Court in 1997 to film a courtroom scene set in Boston. Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the Oscar for Best Original Screen Play in 1998.
On the smaller screen…David E. Kelley, who gave up practicing law in Boston to write and produce television shows, has used the exterior of the John Adams Courthouse as an establishing shot in his Boston-based television shows Ally McBeal, The Practice, and Boston Legal.
Special thanks to: Brian Mulcahy, Administrative Attorney