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1.
Hammett (1982)
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Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco. (97 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
2.
Death in Granada (1996)
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A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's. (142 mins.)
Director: Marcos Zurinaga
 
3.
Capote (2005)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
4.
Shadowlands (1993)
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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. (131 mins.)
 
5.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
6.
Becoming Jane (2007)
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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
7.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
8.
Beloved Infidel (1959)
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Toward the end of his life F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist. (123 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle (1992 TV Series)
Episode: Kafka (1992)
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(52 mins.)
 
10.
Kafka (1991)
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Writer Franz Kafka works during the day at an insurance company where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals. (98 mins.)
 
11.
The Trial (1993)
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Joseph K. awakes one morning, to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested... (120 mins.)
Director: David Jones
 
12.
Finding Neverland (2004)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
13.
This Boy's Life (1993)
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The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive father, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff. (115 mins.)
 
14.
Before Night Falls (2000)
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
15.
Young Rebel (1967)
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A highly fictionalized filming of the early life of Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote". (127 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
16.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
17.
Tom & Viv (1994)
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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... (125 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
18.
In Love and War (1996)
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Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty... (113 mins.)
 
19.
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
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Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals... (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tucci
 
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21.
Beings (1998)
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Since as far back as Kyle and Evie Preston can remember, their grandmother told fantastical tales about... (93 mins.)
Director: Paul Matthews
 
22.
Wilde (1997)
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
23.
The Hours (2002)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
24.
Rowing with the Wind (1988)
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron... (126 mins.)
Director: Gonzalo Suárez
 
25.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
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Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
26.
Out of Africa (1985)
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
27.
Agatha (1979)
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A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
28.
Total Eclipse (1995)
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Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle. (111 mins.)
 
29.
Klondike Fever (1980)
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This movie chronicles Jack London's epic journey from San Francisco to the Klondike gold fields in 1898. (119 mins.)
Director: Peter Carter
 
30.
Jack London (1943)
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Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916). (94 mins.)
Director: Alfred Santell
 
31.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
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The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
 
32.
Devotion (1946)
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Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published. (107 mins.)
 
33.
Les soeurs Brontë (1979)
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In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the Bronte sisters write their first works and quickly become literary sensations. (120 mins.)
 
34.
Young Winston (1972)
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This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward)... (157 mins.)
 
35.
Wings of Courage (1995)
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While flying mail across the Andean mountains, Henri Guillaumet's plane has to crash-land, he must trek back to civilizatin on foot. (50 mins.)
 
36.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
37.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
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The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
38.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
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Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (129 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
39.
Molière (1978)
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Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622... (260 mins.)
 
40.
Molière (2007)
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Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise. (120 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tirard
 
41.
The Raven (2012)
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When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
42.
Nora (2000)
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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank... (106 mins.)
Director: Pat Murphy
 
43.
The Broken Tower (2011)
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A biography of American poet Hart Crane who committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba. (99 mins.)
Director: James Franco
 
44.
Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011 TV Movie)
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An inspiring look at JK Rowling's rise to become one of the most influential writers-from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon. (90 mins.)
Director: Paul A. Kaufman
 
45.
Dumas (2010)
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Nobody knows Auguste Maquet, and yet everybody knows "The Three Musketeers", Everybody knows Alexandre... (105 mins.)
Director: Safy Nebbou
 
46.
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
47.
Miss Potter (2006)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
48.
Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
49.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
50.
Saint-Ex (1996)
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Poetic biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. (82 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
51.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
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Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
52.
Henry & June (1990)
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
53.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
 
54.
Dreamchild (1985)
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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie... (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
 
55.
Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
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Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity. (101 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
56.
Céleste (1980)
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In 1914, with men gone to war, Marcel Proust hired Céleste Albaret as his attendant. More than eight years later... (107 mins.)
Director: Percy Adlon
 
57.
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
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Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (96 mins.)
Director: Art Linson
 
58.
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938)
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A drama reveals the great writer's inauspicious early years as an orphan raised by conniving relatives. (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Donskoy
 
59.
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
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Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother... (67 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
 
60.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
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The dramatized life of immortal humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, from his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River until his death in 1910 shortly after Halley's Comet returned. (130 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
61.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
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At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers... (123 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
 
62.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)
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Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. His search for knowledge and undestanding... (98 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
 
63.
James Joyce's Women (1985)
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In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce's real and fictional worlds... (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Pearce
 
64.
Shadowlands (1985 TV Movie)
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Noted author and scholar finds love, then must endure its loss... (92 mins.)
Director: Norman Stone
 
65.
Gothic (1986)
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The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story. (87 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
66.
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990 TV Movie)
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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind... (100 mins.)
 
67.
Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood... (169 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
68.
Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999 TV Movie)
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Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold... (240 mins.)
Director: Josée Dayan
 
69.
Dash and Lilly (1999 TV Movie)
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Biographical look at the bombastic love affair that writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman shared in 1940 and 50's Hollywood... (100 mins.)
Director: Kathy Bates
 
70.
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000 TV Series)
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The fantastic steampunk adventures of the future science fiction writer and his friends, the Foggs and Passepartout.
 
71.
Fitzgerald (2002 TV Movie)
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Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together. (96 mins.)
Director: Henry Bromell
 
72.
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (2005 TV Movie)
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A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.
Director: John McKay
 
73.
Infamous (2006)
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While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. (110 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
74.
Young Goethe in Love (2010)
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After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he's sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man. (102 mins.)
Director: Philipp Stölzl