Have you seen these movies about writers?
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If you are looking for the best films on writers, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 101 of the best films based on writers that you must see.
Sylvia is a film based on the iconic writer Sylvia Plath. If you admire her writings or connect with her, then this movie is a must-watch.
The movie is directed by Christine Jeffs and stars Gwyneth
Paltrow as Sylvia Plath. Other actors include Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon and
Blythe Danner. The movie has a 6.3/10 rating on IMDb and was released in 2003.
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2. Finding Forrester
Finding Forrester is directed by Gus Vant Sant and was released in 2000. It is a follow-up to “Good Will Hunting”. What makes the movie interesting is its black protagonist who is also a writer. The most famous scene of the movie is in fact a writing scene. Rob Brown and Sean Connery are the lead actors. The cast also includes Anna Paquin and F. Murray Abraham.
3. Total Eclipse
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a young sadistic teen poet, Total Eclipse is a movie about forbidden romance and tragedy. The movie was released in 1995 and was directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Arthur Rimbaud, a young poet, falls in love with Tom
Verlaine, who is also a youthful poet. The film is about the self-destructive
descend of two poets.
Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Dorothy Parker who is a leader at Algonquin Round Table. She, along with other members, publishes celebrated pieces of writing.
The film is beautifully directed by Alan Rudolph. The cast
includes Matthew Broderick, Campbell Scott and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was released
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is an adaptation of a play by Ira Levin. It is directed by Sidney Lumet and
gives a refreshing touch to the story. An older playwright, Sidney Bruhl,
invites his younger students to his fancy house in Long Island. But the fun
subsides quickly because Bruhl and his wife have other plans. The movie came
out in 1982.
Henry Fool is an unpublished novelist who wants to show his friend, Simon Grim, the world of literature. Simon is inspired by Henry and starts working on the “Great American Poem”. This transforms his life and also brings Parker Posey into the scene.
The movie is directed by Hal Harley and was released in 1998. It stars James Urbaniak, Thomas Jay Ryan, Parker Posey and Liam Aiken.
Manhattan is about a twice-divorced and frustrated television writer, Isaac Davis, who spent his middle age alone. He starts to wonder how he and a brainy young writer, who is the mistress of his best friend, would make a great couple.
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The movie is directed by Woody Allen and was released in
1979. The movie stars Woody Allen, Meryl Steep, Mariel Hemmingway, Diane Keaton
and Michael Murphy.
Released in 1987, Barfly is directed by Barbet Schroeder. Charles Bukowski wrote its screenplay.
The story is about a guy who lives in bars but is an amazing
writer. The movie stars Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige and Frank
9. The Pillow Book
Book is based on Nagiko, a model who is obsessed with calligraphy on the human
body. She meets Jerome, her soul mate, who is an English translator sent to
Japan. Things take a nasty turn when a publisher joins the scene. The movie was
released in 1996 and is directed by Peter Greenaway. It stars Vivian Wu as
Nagiko and Ewan McGregor as Jerome.
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10. My Left Foot
My Left Foot is an inspiring story about Christy Brown who is born with cerebral palsy. He learns to write and paint with his left foot, which is the only limb under his control. Jim Sheridan directed the film which was released in 1989. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Alison Whelan and Brenda Fricker.
11. American Splendor
American Splendor is a mix of reality and fiction. It illuminates the life of Everyman, a comic book hero played by Harvey Pekar.
The movie is directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer
Berman. The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar and Shari Springer
Berman. It was released in 2003.
12. Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool was released in 2003. It is a movie about a British mystery author, played by Charlotte Rampling. She visits her publisher’s house in France and interacts with his unusual daughter. Some touchy dynamics set off. The cast includes Charles Dance and Ludivine Sagnier among others.
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13. The Front
Directed by Martin Ritt, The Front was released in 1976. The movie revolves around a cashier who poses as a writer for blacklisted authors. He helps them submit their work. However, something pushes him to take a stand.
Woody Allen plays Martin Ritt and the rest of the cast
includes Herschel Bernardi, Zero Mostel, and others.
14. The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums was released in 2001. It is directed by Wes Anderson and is about a family who gets together after a long time. The family consists of one playwright, played by Gwyneth Paltrow and faux writer played by Owen Wilson.
15. Ruby Sparks
is a movie about a novelist who is struggling with his writer’s block. The
story is about how he finds romance in an unusual way. He creates a fictional
character that he thinks will love him. The movie is directed by Jonathan
Dayton and Valerie Faris and is written by Zoe Kazan. Zoe Kazan also plays the
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Impromptu is based in 1830s France. The movie is about a pianist who is romantically pursued by an individualistic and determined woman named George Sand. The movie is directed by James Lapine and written by Sarah Kernochan.
17. Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings is directed by John Krokidas. It is about a crime in 1944 that brings together Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. All of them are great poets. The cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall and Dane DeHaan.
Contempt is about how professional boundaries intersect with personal ones. Jeremy Prokosch is in the art film business. He decides to direct an adaptation of “The Odyssey”. However, as he sees his picture destined to doom at the box office, he brings in a screenwriter to give the script some energy. This is where things start to get interesting.
19. Prick Up Your Ears
Prick Up Your Ears is a movie about the life and death of Joe Orton, a British playwright. It is a biographical film and the lead role is played by Gary Oldman. It is a story of romance and rage that ultimately led to the death of Orton. The movie is directed by Stephen Frears and was released in 1987.
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20. Adult World
Adult World revolves around the life of Amy. She is a naïve college graduate who wants to be a great poet. She starts working in a shop and pursues her dream while being mentored by a reclusive writer named Rat Billings.
The cast includes Emma Roberts, John Cusack and Evan Peters.
Scott Coffey directed the movie and it came out in 2013.
Julia is an Oscar-winning movie. It is based on the writings of Lilian Hellman. The movie revolves around the relationship between two friends, Julia and Lilian, and their dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Germany during the Nazi reign.
The film is directed by Fred Zinnemann who was applauded for
this splendid work.
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22. Poetic Justice
Justice, played by Janet Jackson, is a hairdresser who is grieving the decease of her boyfriend. She finds solace in poetry. Justice meets Lucky, played by Tupac Shakur, and grows close to him. But will she be able to open her heart again to love?
The film is directed by John Singleton who also wrote the
screenplay and produced the film.
23. Fellini’s Casanova
Casanova was not just a lover but also a writer. Federico Fellini brought his character to life in his directed movie Fellini’s Casanova. The movie was released in 1976 and received wide acclamation. It is based on Casanova’s biography and what led to his deviancy. Donald Sutherland plays the lead role.
24. Shakespeare In Love
Shakespeare in Love is based on young Shakespeare. It is a fictional story about the days when he was short of cash and out of ideas. He meets his ideal woman who inspires him to write the most famous plays of his life. The film is directed by John Madden and the cast includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes.
25. The Motorcycle Diaries
Che Guevara was a young medical student before he became the
iconic “Che”. He traveled with his best friend on a motorcycle to South
America. This journey led to his political consciousness. Everything about his transformation
is written in his diaries and has been brought to life by Walter Salles in The Motorcycle Diaries.
Gil Pender, played by Owen Wilson, is an aspiring novelist
and screenwriter. He goes on a vacation to Paris with his fiancée and meets a
group of revelers. They sweep him back in time to meet some cultural heroes of
the past. Woody Allen directed the film, which was released in 2011.
Iris is a movie based on the lifelong romance between Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley. The movie takes you on their life journey from their student days to Iris’s battle with Alzheimer’s. It is a story of love, passion and commitment.
Kate Winslet plays young Iris and the cast includes Judi
Dench and Jim Broadbent among others.
28. Before Sunset
The film is a sequel to “Before Sunrise”. Jesse is on a book tour to Europe and does a reading of his book that he wrote about the night he spent with Celine in Vienna. They meet again and feelings develop once more, despite having completely different lives.
The film is directed by Richard Linklater and the main
characters are played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.
29. The Door in the Floor
The Door in the Floor is based on John Irving’s “A Widow for One Year”. The movie is based on Jeff Bridges, who is a children’s book writer. He is always drunk and has affairs. He hires a teenager to work for him who learns some serious lessons about writing and life.
Tod Williams directed the film. The cast includes Jeff
Bridges, Kim Basinger, Elle Fanning and Mimi Rogers.
30. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is adapted from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel with the same name. Johnny Depp plays the lead. The film is a perfect depiction of the druggy visions of America from the eyes of Thompson. The visual chaos narrated by Gillman has been perfectly portrayed by Johnny Depp.
Misery is a movie based on a novelist Paul Sheldon. After an accident, he is rescued by one of his biggest fans. But the story takes an unexpected turn when the fan, played by Kathy Bates, gets to know that Sheldon is killing off one of her favorite characters from his books.
The movie came out in 1990 and is directed by Rob Reiner.
32. Before Night Falls
Before Night Falls is based on the writings and life of Reinaldo Arenas. He was a brilliant author from Cuba. The film covers his entire life and sheds light on his childhood, writings, his exile from Cuba and finally, his death in the US.
The film is directed by Julian Schnabel and it came out in
33. Deconstructing Harry
Deconstructing Harry is about a novelist named Harry Block who has become successful at the cost of ruining the lives of his friends and family. He is called to be honored at the university that once kicked him out. His journey towards the university is unusual. He meets his fictional characters and many real people who don’t want anything to do with him.
The lead actor and director of the film is Woody Allen. The
cast also includes Robin Williams, Judy Davis and Billy Crystal.
This film is a John Irving book adaptation. Robin William plays Garp who is a struggling novelist. His life changes when his mother publishes a book named Se*ual Suspect. The book turns her into an icon. The film is all about exploring gender roles as perceived in the ‘80s.
The film is directed by George Roy Hill and the cast includes
Robin Williams, John Lithgow and Glenn Close.
35. The Hours
Based on three women searching for meaningful lives, The Hours is directed by Stephen Daldry. Each woman lives in a different place and time, but they are linked by their fears and yearnings. The film further unfolds when their stories intertwine and they reach a moment of shared recognition.
The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Meryl Steep and Julianne
Moore among others.
36. Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch is a very literary movie. Think Kafka. Joan Lee, played by Judy Davis, kills roaches by simply breathing on them. She injects her chest with bug poison. Watch how the story unfolds when her husband injects a drug made from centipede into her chest.
The film is directed by David Cronenberg and the cast
includes Judy Davis, Peter Wellers, Roy Schneider and Ian Holm.
The film is based on a novel by Brian Morton. Frank Langella, played by Leonard Schilling, is a writer in this film. He is a forgotten novelist in his 70’s. Lauren Ambrose plays an ambitious grad student who is trying to bring him back into the public eye with her thesis.
The film is directed by Andrew Wagener and the cast includes
Lili Taylor and Adrian Lester as well.
38. Bright Star
Bright Star brings back the love story of Fanny Brawne and John Keats. They send love letters to each other, making it one of the best parts of the film.
The film is directed by Jane Campion and the lead actors are
Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.
39. Young Adult
is a film about a ghost writer who writes a teen series. See how she turns
conversations and chatters of teen girls into plots and dialogues. Jason
Reitman directed the film and the cast includes Charlize Theron, Patrick
Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser and Patton Oswalt.
40. Certified Copy
The film is about an English author, played by William Shimell, who meets a French store owner while touring Italy for the promotion of his new book. The two of them hit it off instantly. They spend days together, but there is more to their relationship than the world can see.
The film is directed by Abbas Kiarostami and the cast
includes William Shimell, Juliette Binoche, Jean-Claude Carrière and Angelo
Barbagallo among others.
41. The Shining
The Shining is directed by Stanly Kubrick. The film is about a recovering alcoholic who also happens to be a writer. But, he is going through a deep writer’s block. What can he do to make things better?
The movie was released in 1980 and is based on Stephen
King’s novel, which has the same name. The cast includes Jack Nicholson,
Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd.
If you are looking for a film that tells you all about how a novelist’s mind works and feels like, then this is the movie for you. Directed by Alain Resnais, the film is about an aging literary icon, Clive Langham, who takes us on a journey of writing a novel. The film is quite touching and beautiful.
The lead cast includes John Gielgud and Ellen Burstyn and
the movie was released in 1977.
43. Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard is one of the classics directed by Billy Wilder. The film is about an unsuccessful screenwriter who is drawn into a web of false promises of fortune and fame by a silent screen star. However, things take an unusual turn.
The cast includes the legendary Cecil B. DeMille and Gloria
Swanson. The movie was released in 1950 and is still considered one of the
44. My Brilliant Career
My Brilliant Career is based on an Australian woman, played by Judy Travis, who is torn between two men. However, instead of choosing any of them, she chooses an entirely different thing. Spoiler alert: her career in writing.
The film is directed by Gillian Armstrong and it was
released in 1979.
Adaptation is a brilliant Nicholas Cage film with meta-comedy. He is a writer who faces a serious case of writer’s block, in addition to some other unusual things. Meryl Steep also plays an important role and was nominated for an Oscar.
The film is a great depiction of what goes on in the life of
a writer on a daily basis. The screenplay is done by Charlie Kaufman and it is
directed by Spike Jonze.
This movie is a biography of the late Janet Frame, a writer from New Zealand. The film is one of the first works of Jane Campion and is a very well thought out and presented film. The movie depicts in detail the life of Janet, from her childhood to her years in a mental hospital and how she came out and became one of the most brilliant writers of New Zealand.
Kerry Fox plays Janet Frame and the movie was released in
47. Wonder Boys
Another brilliant movie about writers, Wonder Boys is about a college professor, Michael Douglas, who is also a novelist and is stuck on his second novel. The movie is a comedy and gives an accurate representation of the literary life in college.
The cast includes Michael Douglas, Katie Holmes, Robert
Downey, Jr. and Tobey Maguire.
48. Barton Fink
Another movie about writer’s block, Barton Fink is about a New York based playwright who wants to write in movies. He comes to Los Angeles and gives a surreal vision of Hollywood in the 1940s. The film is directed by Coen Brothers and it is one of their best works.
The film came out in 1991 and the cast includes John
Turturro, John Goodman, John Mahoney and Judy Davis.
Reprise is about two young men who are best friends since childhood. Both of them share a passion for the work of Sten Egil Dahl, a novelist. Both of them have literary ambitions, but fate has something different planned for each of them.
The film is a masterpiece directed by Joachim Trier and the
lead cast includes Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman, Thorbjorn Harrm and
Viktoria Winge. The film was released in 2006.
This movie is about an obsessive-compulsive, bigoted and cranky writer named Melvin Udall. His life changes altogether when his gay neighbor is hospitalized, and Melvin has to take care of his dog. The movie is a romantic comedy about how he deals with his life.
The movie is directed by James L. Brooks and the story is
from Mark Andrus. Jack Nicholson plays the lead role.
51. Becoming Jane
Jane is a biography of Jane Austen before she became an acclaimed author.
The film is about her personal life and romance with a young Irishman. It is
directed by Julian Jarrold and is based on the letters of Jane Austen. Anne
Hathaway plays Austen and James McAvoy is the Irish man.
52. Black Butterflies
Black Butterflies is a film about Ingrid Jonker, one of the finest poets of South Africa. It is about her journey of finding love and home. She found love, but couldn’t find a home. Nelson Mandela in his first speech to the parliament read her famous poem “The Dead Child of Nyanga” and called her one of the finest South African poets.
53. The Broken Tower
Tower is based on Hart Crane, an American poet who committed suicide in
1932. He jumped off a steamship at the age of 32. James Franco plays Hart Crane
and the film is also co-written and directed by him.
A 2005 film directed by Bennett Miller, Capote is a biopic of Truman Capote, the famous writer. It sheds light on how he came to write his famous novel “In Cold Blood” and his relationship with Perry Smith.
Carrington is a 1995 film. It about the relationship between a painter Dora Carrington and a writer Lytton Strachey. The film tells the story of their lifelong friendship and how they lived together, even when Lytton and Dora plans to marry a military man she has fallen in love with.
56. The Children of the Century
The Children of the Century is a love story based on the life of two French literary icons, poet Alfred de Musset and novelist George Sand. Their relationship takes a turn during a trip to Venice where each of them is distracted by something.
The film was released in 1999 and is directed by Diane
Kurys. The cast includes Benoit Magimel, Juliette Binoche and Stefano Dionisi.
57. Cross Creek
Cross Creek is a movie based on the life of Marjorie Kinnan Rawling, the woman who wrote “The Yearling”. The movie depicts her move to Florida’s backwaters so that she can be undistracted and write in peace. It is a journey about how she connects with herself and goes on to write classic American literature.
Devotion was released in 1946. It is a film about two genius author sisters who fall in love with their curate. They are trying to get their work published. Curtis Bernhardt directed the film and the Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino played the sisters.
explores the mysterious and dark side of Lewis Carroll’s works. It is about
Alice Liddell, from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, who was once amused by the
characters but is now haunted by them. The movie depicts the changes between
young and old Alice. The film was released in 1985.
Enid is a film based on the life story of Enid Blyton, the famous author. The film depicts her life and how she became an adored writer for children. The movie ends with her death in 1968. Helena Bonham Carter plays Enid Blyton and the movie is directed by James Hawes.
is based on the alter-ego of Charles Bukowski, who is trying to find a living
while writing. The movie is about how he fends off distractions and continues
his writing. It is a romantic comedy, is directed by Blent Hamer and is based
on Charles Bukowski’s novels. Matt Dilon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei play the
62. Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland is about the play writer J.M. Barrie and how he wrote the story of Peter Pan and Neverland. He meets Sylvia, a widow, and her three children who became the inspiration for him to write his literary masterpiece, Peter Pan. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet play the lead roles.
is based on how Florbela Espanca, a Portuguese poetess, uses her writings to
deal with her life after divorce. The film depicts her tumultuous relationship
with love, eroticism and men. Dalila Carmo plays the lead role in this film,
which is written and directed by Vincente Alves Do Ó.
64. The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer is a movie about a writer who is helping a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang, write his memoirs. But he stumbles upon a secret that could affect some powerful people.
This thriller mystery is directed by Roman Polanski and the
cast includes Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams and Pierce Brosnan.
Gothic is based on a night in 1816 that inspired Dr. Pollidori to write “The Vampyre” and Mary Shelly to pen the classic “Frankenstein”. The film is all about this unusual night where five friends conjure up their darkest fears by gathering around an ancient skull. This thriller was released in 1986.
Hammet is an imaginary story about Dashiell Hammett, a mystery writer who is famous for his stories about crime. The story is about a young mystery writer who tries to dig deep into the darker motivations of his characters. The movie was released in 1982 and is directed by Wim Wenders.
67. Hemmingway and Gellhorn
and Gellhorn is a romantic drama based on Hemmingway and his fellow clerk,
Martha Gellhorn. The movie is directed by Philip Kaufman and stars Nicole
Kidman, Clive Owen and David Strathairn.
68. Henry & June
Henry Miller, an author, and his wife June are traveling in Paris where they meet Anais Nin. June is open about certain things and starts an affair with Nin. However, she gives Nin her blessing to sleep with Henry before they return to the U.S. But things turn out differently when June visits France again.
based in 1957 San Francisco when an American masterpiece of Allen Ginsberg is
put on trial. But what are the outcomes of the trial? The film is a perfect
depiction of the birth of counterculture.
70. I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle is based on Dodie Smith’s novel that has the same name. It is a love story of a 17-year old girl named Cassandra Mortmain. Set in 1930s England, the film is a romantic drama.
71. In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place was released in 1950. It is a movie about an aspiring actress who suspects that her boyfriend may be a hunter of people. Nicholas Ray directed the film and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy.
72. In Love and War
The film is based on the real-life experiences of the famed novelist, Ernst Hemingway, who falls in love with a nurse in WWI after taking shrapnel in the leg. The romantic drama shows their love blossoming and their journey to America.
The lead cast includes Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell.
Infamous is another film based on Truman Capote. He is researching for his book “In Cold Blood” and develops a deep relationship with a convicted felon. The film was released in 2006 and is written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The cast includes Daniel Craig, Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock, to name a few.
74. The Invisible Woman
The Invisible Woman is based in 1857. In the movie, Charles Dickens falls in love with Nelly Ternan, a teenage stage actress. She becomes his muse and the focus of his mind and heart. But, they both have to keep this relationship secret.
75. Isn’t She Great
From an unsuccessful actor to a successful author, this
movie is a biography of Jacqueline Susann who wrote the famous book “The Valley
of the Dolls”. The film is directed by Andrew Bergman and the lead cast
includes Better Midler, Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing.
Kafka is an insurance worker who gets involved in the underground world when something happens to his coworker. He penetrates the secret organization that has connections with bombings all around the town. He must confront them.
77. The Last Station
The film is based on the life of Leo Tolstoy, a Russian author who struggles to balance his wealth and fame with his commitment to living without material things. His wife uses all the tricks that she can to seduce one of his loyal disciples who she thinks is responsible for the change in his personality.
78. L’autre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas and his literary collaborator (read ghost writer)
go to meet Charlotte Desrives, an unknown admirer. They have just published
“Queen Margot”, “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Christo”. But,
Dumas takes all the credit, honor and fame that comes with these books.
Lope is based on the life of Lope de Vega, a Spanish poet and playwright. He dominated the 16th century early Golden Age of Theater in Spain. De Vega comes home from war and gets involved with a beautiful daughter of one of the producers. He becomes a popular name in the theater industry of Spain.
80. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Mishima tells the story of Yukio Mishima, a Japanese author, in four parts. The first three parts are based on his novels, while the last part gives an account of the events that took place on 25th November 1970.
81. Miss Potter
Miss Potter is based on the life story of Beatrix Potter, who wrote the famous and best-selling book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” for children. The movie tells about the struggle she faced in her quest for love, success and happiness.
The film is directed by Chris Noonan and the cast includes
Renee Zellweger, Emily Watson and Ewan McGregor.
82. Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge! is a celebration of creative inspiration and love based in a glamorous Parisian nightclub. The movie is based in the 20th century, where a young poet falls in love with the most beautiful and notorious star of the club. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and John Leguizamo among others.
Pandaemonium is set in the early 19th century England and depicts the relationship between William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The movie depicts how they lived during the times of war and how they worked together after the war. The film is directed by Julien Temple and the cast includes Linus Roache, John Hannah and Samantha Morton among others.
84. The Paperboy
The movie is based on Ward Jansen, an investigative reporter, and his partner Yardley Acehman. They chase a career-making and sensational story. They are trying to prove a crime.
The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and
Nicole Kidman among others.
Jerry Stahl is a comedy writer with an addiction. He has an infant daughter that he takes along on his drug runs. He goes to detox and shares memories with another survivor who patiently listens to his flashbacks. The film was released in 1998 and stars Ben Stiller, Jay Paulson and Maria Bello.
86. The Player
This mystery crime drama is based on a Hollywood studio executive who is receiving threats. These threats are from a writer whose script has been rejected by him. But he can’t figure out which writer is actually threatening him.
The cast includes Tim Robbins, Fred Ward and Great Scacchi
and the film is directed by Robert Altman.
Quills is based on the life of a nobleman who has a literary flair. He lives in a madhouse and has a beautiful laundry maid, played by Kate Winslet. He shares his stories filled with a publisher and his stories send France into a frenzy until a doctor decides to end this fun.
88. Saving Mr. Banks
P.L Travers is an author traveling to Hollywood from London.
Walt Disney Pictures is going to adapt her novel “Mary Poppins” and turn it
into a movie for the big screen. She reflects on her childhood when she meets
Walt Disney. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock and the cast includes
Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Annie Rose Buckley, to name a few.
89. Secret Window
Mort Rainey is a writer who is recovering from a painful divorce. He is stalked by a stranger who claims that he stole his idea and Rainey must prove his innocence. However, he starts questioning his own sanity.
This mystery thriller is directed by David Koepp and stars Johnny Depp, Maria Bello and John Turturro as the main cast.
Shadowlands is based on the life of C.S. Lewis, a world-famous writer who is living a boring and passionless life. However, things change when he meets Joy Gresham, the spirited poet. The film was released in 1993 and stars Anthony Hopkins, Julian Fellowes and Debra Winger.
Sideways is based on the story of two men on a journey through California. One of them is about to get married in a few days, while the other is suffering from depression and is a failing unpublished novelist.
92. The Squid and the Whale
This movie is based on the true-life experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother. It is a touching story about two boys who have to deal with their parent’s divorce in the 1980s in Brooklyn. The film stars Daniels, Laura Linney and Owen Kline and is directed by Noah Baumbach.
Violette Leduc is born out of wedlock. She meets Simone de Beauvoir and they both develop an intense lifelong relationship. Both of them are authors. The film was released in 2013. It is directed by Martin Provost and the cast includes Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain and Olivier Gourmet among others.
94. The Whole Wide World
The Whole Wide World is a story about Robert E. Howard and Novalyne Price. He is a fiction writer of the 1930s, while she is a schoolteacher in Texas. The movie is about their romantic, turbulent and bittersweet relationship.
Wilde is the story of Oscar Wilde, who was a poet, genius and playwright. He had a secret that caused immense torment in his life as he juggled marriage and fatherhood in addition to his obsessive love and passion for Lord Alfred Douglas.
96. Stranger Than Fiction
Stranger Than Fiction is based on the life of a lonely and sad IRS agent. However, his mundane existence is about to change when he hears a strange and mysterious voice narrating his life.
The film is directed by Marc Forster and stars Will Ferrell,
Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman among others.
97. The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others depicts East Berlin in the 1980s. A secret police agent is surveilling a writer and his lover. However, he becomes too absorbed in their lives. The film is directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and stars Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe and Sebastian Koch.
98. Leave Her to Heaven
Leave Her to Heaven is based on a writer who falls in love with an attractive and young socialite. They are soon to be married, but she loves him obsessively, which may be their undoing. The film is directed by John M. Stahl and the cast includes Cornel Wilde, Gene Tierney and Jeanne Crain.
99. A Pure Formality
Onoff may be a famous writer, but he hasn’t published anything in quite some time. Not everyone knows him. One stormy night, he is picked up by the police, but he doesn’t have any identification. The movie is directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore and the cast includes Gerard Depardieu, Sergio Rubini and Roman Polanski among others.
100. Chinese Coffee
is a movie about two unsuccessful writers who spend an evening in catharsis
talking about aesthetics, money and their new friendship. They also discuss a
new manuscript by one of the writers. The cast includes Jerry Orbach, Al Pacino
and Susan Floyd and the movie is directed by Al Pacino.
101. House by the River
This film is about a deranged writer who gets upset with his maid when she discourages and resists his advances towards her. He has to hide her body and he engages his brother in the scheme. But soon his brother becomes the prime suspect. The film was released in 1950 and is directed by Fritz Lang.
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