Photographers & Photographyby Paulo Alegria | created - 09 Apr 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
A list of movies with varying levels of connectivity to photography, that prominently portray photographers either real or fictional. Suggestion titles are very welcome.
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1. Camera Store (2017)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
On the eve of the transition from film to digital, the longtime denizens of a camera store confront their personal issues in this darkly comic story.
2. The Journey Is the Destination (2016)
R | 123 min | Drama
Dan Eldon, who was only 22 when he was chased down and killed by an angry mob in Somalia, was one of the youngest photographic stringers in Africa. But his journalistic work, which had ... See full summary »
5. Eadweard (2015)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama
A psychological drama centered around world-famous turn-of-the-century British photographer, Eadweard Muybridge who photographed nude and deformed subjects, became the godfather of cinema, ... See full summary »
7. Louder Than Bombs (2015)
R | 109 min | Drama
The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
Votes: 9,536 | Gross: $0.16M
8. Residue (2015)
102 min | Horror, Mystery
The government cover-up of the causes behind a massive explosion in a futuristic UK metropolis spur photo journalist Jennifer Preston on to search for the truth and in the process blow open a paranormal phenomenon haunting the city.
10. The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
R | 95 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour.
11. Les photographes (2015)
25 min | Short
The Hoffmann's are a famous couple of photographers. They are called to Berlin to shoot a significant commissioned series, but this work will not proceed as planned.
12. Among Ravens (2014)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of a group of friends who reunite for their annual 4th of July weekend only to be confronted by Chad, a strange and beautiful nature photographer who begins to change their lives one by one.
13. Lies I Told My Little Sister (2014)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
After the death of her oldest sister, a 30 year old globe-trotting nature photographer is guilted onto a family trip to Cape Cod - along with the younger sister she used to torment. Amid ... See full summary »
15. 1,000 Times Good Night (2013)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War
Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,369 | Gross: $0.05M
16. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Votes: 261,451 | Gross: $58.24M
17. Tracks (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.
Votes: 23,578 | Gross: $0.51M
The movie is based on Rick Smolan photographs.
18. Zenne Dancer (2012)
99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots... See full summary »
19. My Straight Son (2012)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance
The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer that lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in... See full summary »
20. 24 Exposures (2013)
Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In this sexy thriller a photographer who specializes in erotic photo shoots is suspected of murder when one of his models is found dead. Starring the creators of 'You're Next.'
21. Ship of Theseus (2012)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama
The film explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.
22. Dead Europe (2012)
84 min | Drama
In Greece to scatter his father's ashes, Isaac hears of a curse that hangs over the head of his family. Dismissing the idea, his trip begins to unveil dark truths that forced his father to flee years ago.
23. Monsters (2010)
R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.
Votes: 81,796 | Gross: $0.24M
100 min | Drama
The photographer Cauby moves and settles down in a small town in the countryside of Pará. When he meets the model Lavínia, who is the wife of Pastor Ernani, they have a torrid love affair. ... See full summary »
26. The Bang Bang Club (2010)
R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History
A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.
27. O Estranho Caso de Angélica (2010)
Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy
A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.
Votes: 1,449 | Gross: $0.05M
28. Monogamy (2010)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
The strained relationship of an engaged Brooklyn couple, Theo (Chris Messina) and Nat (Rashida Jones). Theo is bored with his job as a wedding photographer-the generic backgrounds, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 643 | Gross: $0.02M
29. Kvinden der drømte om en mand (2010)
100 min | Drama, Romance
What happens when a sexual connection overwhelms all your senses? A woman puts everything on the line in pursuit of a passionate affair with a man she hardly knows.
31. Shutterbug (2009)
90 min | Drama, Romance
When shooting the dawn one morning, photographer Alex Santiago looks into the rising sun and hurts his eyes. As a result, he begins to see spots and blurs. When the spots become a face - an... See full summary »
33. Palermo Shooting (2008)
124 min | Drama
After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?
34. Everlasting Moments (2008)
Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.
Votes: 4,721 | Gross: $0.61M
35. Shutter (I) (2008)
PG-13 | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.
Votes: 29,265 | Gross: $25.93M
36. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.
Votes: 52,779 | Gross: $0.08M
37. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
Votes: 14,072 | Gross: $0.22M
Director Steven Shainberg's uncle, Lawrence, was a close friend of Diane Arbus.
40. Catch and Release (II) (2006)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A woman struggles to accept the death of her fiancé and the secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life.
Votes: 20,262 | Gross: $15.27M
41. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 107,991 | Gross: $33.60M
42. Le serpent (2006)
119 min | Thriller
Fashion photographer Vincent Mandel, in the midst of a difficult divorce, is suddenly being accused of rape and extorted. What does his former classmate Joseph Plender want from him?
43. Tada, kimi wo aishiteru (2006)
116 min | Drama, Romance
Heavenly Forest is About a Photographer name Makoto who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru. The two first met when Makoto attended his University ... See full summary »
44. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
R | 91 min | Biography, Drama
The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos.
Votes: 9,500 | Gross: $1.41M
45. A Lot Like Love (2005)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are ... See full summary »
Votes: 62,085 | Gross: $21.84M
47. Closer (I) (2004)
R | 104 min | Drama, Romance
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
Votes: 181,580 | Gross: $33.99M
The photograph of an elderly couple which appears before Alice (Natalie Portman) is photographed by Anna (Julia Roberts), and which appears also in Anna's exhibition, is a photograph of British philosophers Peter Geach and G. E. M. Anscombe.
48. Time to Leave (2005)
Unrated | 81 min | Drama
A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.
Votes: 7,777 | Gross: $0.12M
49. Paparazzi (2004)
PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.
Votes: 13,758 | Gross: $15.71M
Was inspired when Mel Gibson and some celebrities were talking about paparazzi nightmares and Gibson said, "What a great revenge film this would make." He is one of the film's producers.
50. Shutter (II) (2004)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
51. Twentynine Palms (2003)
Unrated | 119 min | Drama
David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »
Votes: 3,768 | Gross: $0.05M
52. War Stories (2003 TV Movie)
R | 87 min | Drama, War
A failed pilot for a drama about two war journalists, a cynical and disillusioned man and an idealist woman who must deal with the horrors of war as well as their own opposing viewpoints while reporting from Uzbekistan.
A film about war correspondants caught in the middle of the tragedy of war. A sexy, biting look at war and the press who throw their lives on the line to uncover the stories. Jeff is a seasoned reporter who is teamed up with a idealistic photographer on her first assignment on the front lines.
53. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 600,156 | Gross: $7.56M
The shot where we see a lot of dead bodies lying on huge blocks of concrete was recreated from an award-winning photograph taken during the drug war portrayed in the movie.
54. Shackleton (2002)
Approved | 206 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.
James Francis (Frank) Hurley (1885-1962) is regarded as an extraordinary Australian photographer, adventurer, filmmaker and writer. Among his best known images, are those of the destruction of the Endurance, during Ernest Shackleton's legendary ill-fated Antarctic expedition of 1914-16.
55. One Hour Photo (2002)
R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.
Votes: 104,010 | Gross: $31.60M
Some of the characters’ names, including Robin Williams’, are real photographer’s names, like James Van DerZee, Nobuyoshi Araki, Bill Owens, Ellen von Unwerth, Aaron Siskind, and Paul Outerbridge.
57. Road to Perdition (2002)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.
Votes: 218,311 | Gross: $104.45M
The photographs in Harlen Maguire's (Jude Law) apartment are real 1930s crime scene photos, some of which were taken by Weegee himself.
59. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 608,129 | Gross: $33.23M
The photobooth photo collection is based on a real collection of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s friend. He even credited him at the end: D’après la collection originale de Michel Folco.
60. Gentlemen's Relish (2001 TV Movie)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
Kingdom Swann is a talented but rather naive Scottish artist who lives in Edwardian London with his housekeeper, Violet, a dowdy and self-effacing but very loyal young woman from Lancashire... See full summary »
61. The Weight of Water (2000)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,140 | Gross: $0.10M
63. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 961,845 | Gross: $25.54M
The camera Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) uses is a Polaroid 690.
66. Shooting the Past (1999 TV Movie)
182 min | Drama, History
A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »
67. Pecker (1998)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.
Votes: 12,256 | Gross: $2.28M
Pecker’s camera is a Canonet, made mostly in the 60s and was the equivalent of a point-and-shoot. Today, it’d be worth about $20.
68. High Art (1998)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Votes: 8,994 | Gross: $1.93M
The character of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy) was based on Nan Goldin's life and work.
69. Photographing Fairies (1997)
R | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in ... See full summary »
71. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.
Votes: 60,877 | Gross: $71.52M
72. Calendar (1993)
74 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. ... See full summary »
73. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After his life is saved by a lonely cop, a mobster who moonlights as a stand-up comedian provides the cop with a beautiful young companion.
Votes: 18,430 | Gross: $11.08M
74. The Public Eye (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and is not getting involved until this time.
Votes: 2,824 | Gross: $3.07M
The character of Bernzy was inspired by real-life photographer Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig, and some of Bernzy's photos are in fact Fellig's.
75. Proof (1991)
R | 86 min | Drama, Romance
The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.
Votes: 5,507 | Gross: $0.52M
76. Salvador (1986)
R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller
An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
Based on a true story involving Rick Boyle, a journalist and friend of Oliver Stone. John Savage plays a fictional version of a real photographer John Hoglund or Olivier Rebbot in the movie.
77. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 45,465 | Gross: $34.70M
There was real film in John Malkovich's camera and he was taking real photographs throughout the production.
78. No Small Affair (1984)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
The 16 years old amateur photographer Charles accidentally takes a photo of Laura - and falls in love with her, when he develops the picture. He finds out that she works as singer in a bar,... See full summary »
Votes: 1,621 | Gross: $4.99M
79. Under Fire (1983)
R | 128 min | Drama, War
Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
Votes: 5,894 | Gross: $5.70M
80. Star 80 (1983)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.
Votes: 4,724 | Gross: $6.47M
81. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
Votes: 17,001 | Gross: $10.28M
83. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller
A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.
Votes: 6,914 | Gross: $20.00M
The photographs featured in the film are Helmut Newton's and Rebecca Blake's.
85. Girlfriends (1978)
PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.
86. That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,662 | Gross: $0.02M
87. The Photographer (1974)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.
88. Sacrifice! (1972)
Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror
After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief's daughter.
89. Blow-Up (1966)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.
Loosely based on the careers of Swinging London's ace fashion photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan. The photographs featured in the film were taken by Don McCullin.
90. The Bedford Incident (1965)
Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller
An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.
91. Funny Face (1957)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.
Fred Astaire's character is based on photographer Richard Avedon. In fact, it is Avedon who set up most of the photography for this film, including the famous face portrait of Audrey Hepburn unveiled during the dark room sequence.
92. Kvinnodröm (1955)
87 min | Drama
In Stockholm, the fashion photographer Susanne Frank misses her married lover Henrik Lobelius that lives in Gothenburg with his wife and children, and the naive twenty years old model Doris... See full summary »
93. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 364,648 | Gross: $36.76M
Alfred Hitchcock was inspired by the romance between real life war photographer Robert Capa and actress Ingrid Bergman.