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MOVIES ABOUT WRITING

Screenwriting/Playwriting:

  • Barton Fink (1991. A Cannes winner, this Coen Brothers film is about a screenwriter in 1940’s Hollywood.)
  • A Murder of Crows (1998. Cuba Junior Gooding plays a disbarred lawyer who takes credit for his late friend’s book in this fun, eerie thriller.)
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998. Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar in this romantic comedy that imagines Shakespeare with a classic case of writer’s block.)
  • Adaptation (2002. A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950. A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.)

Aspiring Writers:

  • Finding Forrester (2000. A teen with dreams of being a writer befriends a reclusive writer played by Sean Connery.)
  • Orange County (2002. Colin Hanks’ character dreams of getting away from his nutty family and going to Stanford to become a writer.)

Famous Writers:

  • Capote (2006. Phillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar portraying Capote.)
  • Infamous (2006. This is the other movie about Capote. When it rains, it pours.)
  • Sylvia (2003. Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Sylvia Plath in a film that explores her relationship with fellow poet Ted Hughes.)
  • Nora (2000. Ewan McGregor portrays James Joyce in this biographical drama)
  • The Whole Wide World (1996. Based on a memoir, this movie is a biographical romantic drama about the 1930’s pulp fiction author of Conan the Barbarian)
  • Miss Potter (2006. Renee Zellweger potrays writer/illustrator Beatrix Potter)
  • Quills (2000. Geoffrey Rush portrays one of history’s most infamous erotic writers and unveils how he managed to sneak his writings out of the insane asylum.)

Fiction & Literature & Poetry:

  • Stranger Than Fiction (2006. Why is Will Ferrell hearing Emma Thompson’s voice in his head?)
  • Dead Poet’s Society (1989. Robin Williams plays the English professor who inspires young minds through poetry.)
  • The Shining (1980. You remember the scene with the ax and “Here’s Johnny!” But what spurred Jack Nicholson’s madness... was it the ghosts, or was it the writer’s block?)
  • Wonder Boys (2000. Michael Douglas plays an author who suffers from severe writer’s block that has lasted more than seven years.)
  • Deconstructing Harry (1997. This Woody Allen movie features more writer’s block.)
  • I Capture the Castle (2003. In 1930’s England, a 17-year-old girl comes of age in a family headed by an eccentric writer father and an eccentric nudist mother.)
  • Alex & Emma (2003. A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997. Jack Nicholson plays an angry author with OCD.)
  • 84 Charing Cross Road (1987. Anne Bancroft stars in this true story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.)

Journalism:

  • Almost Famous (2000. Inspired by Cameron Crowe’s own life, this movie follows a teen who accompanies a rock band on tour so he can write a Rolling Stone article)
  • Citizen Cane (1941. A group of reporters try to decipher the last word ever uttered by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud.")
  • The Paper (1994. A Ron Howard movie that takes you inside a NYC tabloid)
  • Shattered Glass (2003. The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.)
  • State of Play (2009. Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams are part of a team of investigative reporters who to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.)
  • Nothing But the Truth (2008. Kate Beckinsale shines in this movie about a D.C. female reporter facing jail time for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.)

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