Movies about writers and writing

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1. Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.6
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74 Metascore

Around 1940, The New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character, who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund, and who is writing a... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Sarah Hyland

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $0.64M

2. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 83,281 | Gross: $70.60M

3. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

Votes: 56,951 | Gross: $19.39M

4. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 109,984 | Gross: $28.75M

5. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 156,144 | Gross: $22.25M

6. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 223,048 | Gross: $32.53M

7. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 87,562 | Gross: $31.50M

8. The Paper (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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New York City tabloid Editor Henry is faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 11,294 | Gross: $38.82M

9. Quills (2000)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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70 Metascore

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine

Votes: 47,212 | Gross: $7.06M

10. Julia (1977)

PG | 117 min | Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 7,414

11. The Moderns (1988)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A struggling artist is hired to forge paintings, causing him to cross paths with his ex-wife and her powerful new husband.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Wallace Shawn, Geneviève Bujold

Votes: 1,435 | Gross: $2.01M

12. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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68 Metascore

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

Votes: 33,046 | Gross: $30.04M

13. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 141,834 | Gross: $15.54M

14. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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92 Metascore

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 218,857 | Gross: $39.20M

15. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 88,495

16. His Girl Friday (1940)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 45,003

17. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 10,100 | Gross: $17.30M

18. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 97,547 | Gross: $6.15M

19. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 31,644 | Gross: $13.38M

20. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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67 Metascore

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 184,126 | Gross: $51.68M

21. Barfly (1987)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance

Votes: 15,930 | Gross: $3.22M

22. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 697,690 | Gross: $44.02M

23. The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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80 Metascore

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 110,053 | Gross: $41.68M

24. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 150,921 | Gross: $61.28M

25. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 57,878 | Gross: $36.61M

26. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer

Votes: 6,406 | Gross: $1.08M

27. Miss Potter (2006)

PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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57 Metascore

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 25,362 | Gross: $2.98M

28. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 240,131 | Gross: $57.39M

29. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 10,935 | Gross: $11.57M

30. Shadowlands (1993)

PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes, Roddy Maude-Roxby

Votes: 14,467 | Gross: $25.84M

31. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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66 Metascore

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 3,845 | Gross: $2.14M

32. Tom & Viv (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris, Tim Dutton

Votes: 1,372 | Gross: $0.54M

33. The Quiet American (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.1
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84 Metascore

An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 25,011 | Gross: $12.99M

34. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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65 Metascore

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Votes: 16,860 | Gross: $10.28M

35. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 45,091 | Gross: $34.70M

36. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 54,360 | Gross: $19.52M

37. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 66,131 | Gross: $7.36M

38. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

7.4
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 7,484 | Gross: $20.12M

39. Permanent Midnight (1998)

R | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.3
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57 Metascore

A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

Director: David Veloz | Stars: Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Jay Paulson, Spencer Garrett

Votes: 6,323 | Gross: $1.17M

40. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

7.4
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61 Metascore

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Roth Haberle

Votes: 38,160 | Gross: $10.57M

41. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 58,011 | Gross: $40.08M