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  • November 30th, 2009 | 12:01 AM
Over 200 Movies about the literary life

I've been building this list for a long time and thought I would share it with friends. It's a list of over 200 movies about authors, poets, editors, screenwriters - basically anything to do with the writing business. I don't claim it as a complete or perfect list so please feel free to add titles or corrections in the comments. The links will take you to IMDB.

WRITERS
84 Charring Cross Road (1987)
A Murder of Crows (1998)
Agatha (1979)
Alex & Emma (2003)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Dreamer (1984)
The Answer Man (2009)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Ayn Rand -- A Sense of Life (1997)
Balzac: A Life of Passion (1999)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Becoming Colette (1991)
Becoming Jane (2007)
The Best Man (1999)
Best Seller (1987)
Big Bad Love (2001)
Boy Meets Girl (1998)
Breakfast of Champions (1999)
Carrington (1995)
Celebrity (1998)
Celeste (1981)
Chapter Two (1978)
Cheaper By the Dozen (2003)
Children of the Century (1995)
Cross Creek (1983)
Croupier (1998)
The Dark Half
(1993)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Devotion (1946)
Door in the Floor (2004)
Double Take (1998)
DreamChild (1985)
The End of the Affair (1999)
Eternity and a Day (1998)
Factotum (2005)
Father's Day (1997)
Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule (1995)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Finding Neverland (2004)
The Flower of My Secret (1995)
Freedom Writers (2007)
The Front (1976)
Gaby: A True Story (1987)
Get Bruce! (1999)
Gothic (1986)
Hamsun (1996)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
Haunted Summer (1988)
Hav Plenty (1997)
Heartburn (1986)
Henry & June (1990)
Her Alibi (1989)
The Hours (2002)
Impromptu (1991)
Infamous (2006)
In Love and War (1996)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Iris (2001)
Isn't She Great (2000)
Jack London (1943)
Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Joshua Then and Now (1985)
Julia (1977)
Julie and Julia (2009)
Kissing a Fool (1998)
The Last Time I Committed Suicide
(1997)
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998)
The Libertine (2004)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
Making of Daniel Boone (2003)
The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Mark Twain Tonight (1967)
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Misery (1990)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Miss Potter (2006)
Morvern Callar (2002)
Mother (1996)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
My Dear Secretary (1949)
My Left Foot (1989)
The Mystery of Rampo (1994)
Naked Jane (1995)
The Night and the Moment (1995)
Nora (2000)
Paperback Romance (1994)
Pola X (1999)
The Prize (1963)
The Proprietor (1996)
Purple Violets (2007)
Quills (2000)
The Raven (2006)
Reprise (2006)
Romancing the stone (1984)
Rowing With the Wind (1988)
Sade (2000)
Saint-Ex (1996)
Secret Window (2004)
Shadowlands (1993)
The Shadow Dancer (2005)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shining (1980)
The Singing Detective (2003)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Stone Reader (2002)
Storytelling (2001)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Surburban Girl
(2007)
Swann (1996)
Swimming Pool (2003)
The Technical Writer (2003)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
(1952)
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
The Third Man (1949)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Time Regained (1999)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999)
The Trip (2002)
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)
The Whole Wild World (1996)
Wild in the Country (1961)
Winter Passing (2005)
Wonder Boys
(2000)
Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
World According to Garp (1982)
World's Greatest Dad (2009)


POETS
A Fine Madness (1966)
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Barfly
(1987)
Beat (2000)
Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Before Night Falls (2000)
The Belle of Amherst (1976)
Between the Lines (1977)
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Blue Car (2002)
The Business of Fancydancing
(2002)
Byron (2003) (poet)
Color of Pomegranates, The (1968)
The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)
Dead Man (1995)
Dead Poet's Society (1989)
The Edge of Love (2008)
Fighting Words (2007)
Gu cheng bielian (The Poet) (1998)
Heart Beat (1980)
Henry Fool (1997)
I, the Worst of All (1990)
Il Postino (1994)
In Custody (1994)
Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date (1985)
Love Jones (1997)
Mindwalk
(1990)
Mirage (2004)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Nostalghia (1983)
Pandaemonium (2000)
Pinero (2001)
Poetic Justice (1993)
Regeneration (1997)
Runoilija ja muusa (1978)
Satan's Brew (1976)
Slam (1998)
So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)
Sylvia (2003)
Tom & Viv (1994)
Total Eclipse (1995)
West of Brooklyn (2006)
Xiang ji mao yi yang fei (2002)


SCREENWRITERS
Adaptation (2002)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Cabin by the Lake (2000)
French Exit (1995)
Hit and Runway (1999)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Midnight (2006)
The Muse (1999)
Out of Order (2003)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
The Player (1992)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)


PLAYWRIGHTS
Author! Author! (1982)
Barton Fink (1991)
Beaumarchais, the Scoundrel (1996)
Deathtrap (1982)
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Prick up Your Ears (1987)
The Producers
(1968)
The Savages (2007)
Tema (1979)
Wilde (1997)



NEWSPAPERS & JOURNALISTS
Absence of Malice (1981)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
All the President´s Men (1976)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City in Fear (1980)
Continental Divide (1981)
Deadline U.S.A. (1952)
Down With Love (2003)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Front Page (1974)
Funny Farm (1988)
His Girl Friday (1940)
It Happened One Night (1934)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Libeled Lady (1936)
Meet John Doe (1941)
The Paper (1994)
The Parallax View (1974)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Platinum Blonde (1931)
Reds (1981)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Salvador (1986)
Shattered Glass (2003)
Saving Sarah Cain (2007)
Street Smart (1987)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Year of Living Dangerously (1982)


I haven't seen all of these movies (not even half) so I can't vouch for quality, only subject matter. :) In many cases there are multiple versions of the film. I've only linked to one. Enjoy!
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( 13 comments — Leave comment )
lizannewrites
November 30th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the List of Movies!
Wow!

Thanks for posting all those movies
& in alphabetical order no less =)

What a great list! I can't wat to add them to my Netflix queue -- [which is full at the moment =( ]

susanwrites
November 30th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the List of Movies!
You're welcome!
ext_216588
November 30th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
More movies
I can add two more that I've seen. Prick up Your Ears is about the British playwright Joe Orton and it stars Gary Oldman.

Playwrights
Prick up Your Ears http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093776/

Writers
Gaby: A True Story
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093067/
susanwrites
November 30th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: More movies
Thanks! I've added them into the list. Also added Cheaper by the Dozen.
marsha_s
November 30th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Wow!
Great list, Susan!
(Anonymous)
December 1st, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Movies with writers
One of my favorite ways to relax is to watch a movie about writers and writing, with my dog in my lap followed by reading. . . It always motivates the writing process.
Thanks for this terrific list!
Liz
(Koehler-Pentacoff)
paulgreci
December 4th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
movie list
Great list. Thanks for sharing it.
http://paulgreci.wordpress.com/
(Anonymous)
December 14th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I've been waiting for a day to really savor your list. It's wonderful. I do have an addition ... I Love Trouble (Julia Roberts, Nick Nolte) where they play competing newspaper reporters. Thanks for this, Susan.
jodyfeldman
December 14th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
That was me. Apparently, my computer signed me out without my permission.
susanwrites
December 14th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
haha - I hate it when my computer tries to think for me. Thanks for the addition. I'll add it to the list.
(Anonymous)
December 30th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
list
great list - thanks for the hard work!
(Anonymous)
January 5th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Impressive
Thanks you! This is an amazing list. I'm so glad I found it.

Would you be interested in adding my e-zine, Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, to your list of literary links?

B. Lynn Goodwin, Lgood67334 AT comcast DOT net
www.writeradvice.com
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