Movies About Journalists and Newspaper Business

A list of Golden Age Hollywood movies featuring journalists, reporters and newspaper business in general. Brass and sassy, always wisecracking -- I love those dynamic characters!
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1.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
2.
Front Page Woman (1935)
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A woman reporter tries to prove she's just as good as any man, but runs into trouble along the way. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
3.
The Front Page (1931)
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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
4.
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
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After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging. (80 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
 
5.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
6.
Love on the Run (1936)
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A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot. (80 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
7.
The Gilded Lily (1935)
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A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter. (80 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
8.
The Big Clock (1948)
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When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly... (95 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
9.
Next Time We Love (1936)
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A young married couple's relationship becomes strained when he is assigned overseas as a foreign correspondent and she becomes a major stage star. (87 mins.)
 
10.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
 
11.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
12.
Meet John Doe (1941)
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
13.
Libeled Lady (1936)
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A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. (98 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
14.
Adventure in Manhattan (1936)
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Joel McCrea plays a hotshot reporter who thinks he knows everything and Jean Arthur plays an actress who puts one over on him... (73 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
15.
Love Is News (1937)
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Financier's daughter spars with newspaper reporter: he by writing about her, she by announcing their engagement. (77 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
16.
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
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Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby. (77 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
17.
Arise, My Love (1940)
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A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins. (110 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
18.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
19.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
20.
Design for Scandal (1941)
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To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement... (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
21.
Woman of the Year (1942)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
22.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
23.
That Wonderful Urge (1948)
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When an heiress finds out that the friendly young man she's met at Sun Valley is really an investigative reporter, she ruins his career by falsely claiming they're married. (82 mins.)
 
24.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
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A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
25.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
26.
Wedding Present (1936)
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When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back. (81 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace
 
27.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
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Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
 
28.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
29.
On Our Merry Way (1948)
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Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper. (107 mins.)
 
30.
Roxie Hart (1942)
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Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned? (75 mins.)
 
31.
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
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A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act. (85 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
32.
Easy to Wed (1946)
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To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Edward Buzzell
 
33.
Slander (1957)
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Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break... (81 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
34.
Three Secrets (1950)
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A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California... (98 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
35.
The Underworld Story (1950)
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The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces. (91 mins.)
Director: Cyril Endfield
 
36.
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
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A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
37.
-30- (1959)
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A managing editor of a LA newspaper must put together headlines for the next day in a way that'll attract the potential readers, deal with hectic going-ons at the workplace and have a serious talk with his wife about her wish to adopt. (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb
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38.
Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
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During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns. (108 mins.)
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39.
The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)
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A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen. (88 mins.)
 
40.
All the President's Men (1976)
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"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
41.
Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
42.
Park Row (1952)
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The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition. (83 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
43.
Star Reporter (1939)
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John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good... (62 mins.)
 
44.
Big News (1929)
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A reporter's marriage is jeopardized by his drinking and he finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit. (75 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
45.
A Shriek in the Night (1933)
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Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building. (66 mins.)
Director: Albert Ray
 
46.
Midnight Manhunt (1945)
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In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley... (64 mins.)
 
47.
Scandal Sheet (1952)
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself. (82 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
48.
Follow Me Quietly (1949)
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An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights. (60 mins.)