Biopics of Writers, Poets and Playwright

Biographical Films on Famous Writers/Authors, Playwright and Poets (research started in 2007 and work is still in progress)
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Friedrich Schiller - Eine Dichterjugend (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Despite his wish to become a pastor, Friedrich Schiller is ordered to join a military school. There, he begins to write poetry... (111 mins.)
Director: Kurt Götz
“ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Die Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision. ” - ursulahemard
 
2.
The Beloved Rogue (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot. (99 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
“ François Villon in fifteenth-century French, (c. 1431 – after 5 January 1463) was a French poet, thief, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballade des Pendus, written while in prison. The question "Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?", taken from the Ballade des dames du temps jadis and translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as "Where are the snows of yesteryear?", is one of the most famous lines of translated secular poetry in the English-speaking world. ” - ursulahemard
 
3.
Voltaire (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Writer and philosopher Voltaire, loyal to his king, Louis XV of France, nonetheless writes scathingly... (72 mins.)
Director: John G. Adolfi
“ François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name VOLTAIRE, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma and the French institutions of his day.
Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Émilie du Châtelet) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions. ” - ursulahemard
 
4.
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney Franklin
“ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death. ” - ursulahemard
 
5.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
“ Émile François Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse. ” - ursulahemard
 
6.
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A drama reveals the great writer's inauspicious early years as an orphan raised by conniving relatives. (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Donskoy
“ Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (28 March 1868 – 18 June 1936), also known as Maxim Gorky was a Russian, Soviet author, a founder of the Socialist Realism literary method and a political activist. ” - ursulahemard
 
7.
On His Own (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For the family really no money, Alexei began to make a living. Everything was limited to dirty chores... (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Donskoy
“ Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (28 March 1868 – 18 June 1936), also known as Maxim Gorky was a Russian, Soviet author, a founder of the Socialist Realism literary method and a political activist. ” - ursulahemard
 
8.
“ Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (28 March 1868 – 18 June 1936), also known as Maxim Gorky was a Russian, Soviet author, a founder of the Socialist Realism literary method and a political activist. ” - ursulahemard
 
9.
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother... (67 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
“ Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. ” - ursulahemard
 
10.
Jack London (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916). (94 mins.)
Director: Alfred Santell
“ John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney,[1] January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)[2][3][4][5] was an American author, journalist, and social activist. ” - ursulahemard
 
11.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." ” - ursulahemard
 
12.
Devotion (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published. (107 mins.)
“ The Brontës (were a 19th century literary family associated with Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The sisters, Charlotte (born 21 April 1816), Emily (born 30 July 1818), and Anne (born 17 January 1820), are well known as a trio of sibling poets and novelists. They originally published their poems and novels under masculine pseudonyms, following the custom of the times practised by female writers. Their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality. Charlotte's Jane Eyre was the first to know success, while Emily's Wuthering Heights, Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and other works were later to be accepted as masterpieces of literature. ” - ursulahemard
 
13.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ Hans Christian Andersen, referred to using the initials H. C. Andersen in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", and "The Ugly Duckling". ” - ursulahemard
 
14.
Beloved Infidel (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. ” - ursulahemard
 
15.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world's most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films. ” - ursulahemard
 
16.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. ” - ursulahemard
 
17.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories... (135 mins.)
“ The Brothers Grimm (German: Die Brüder Grimm or Die Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob Grimm (January 4, 1785 – September 20, 1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (February 24, 1786 – December 16, 1859), were German academics, linguists and cultural researchers who collected folklore and published several collections of it as Grimm's Fairy Tales, which became very popular. ” - ursulahemard
 
18.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
“ Sayat-Nova (14 June 1712, Tiflis – died 22 September 1795, Haghpat), was an Armenian poet, musician and ashik who had compositions in a number of languages. His adopted name Sayat Nova meant "Master of Songs" in Persian. ” - ursulahemard
 
19.
The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Poe's fiance, Lenore, falls into a coma and is taken for dead. She is rescued at the last possible moment from being buried alive... (89 mins.)
Director: Mohy Quandour
“ Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. ” - ursulahemard
 
20.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' (1974 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A semi-fictional account of how writer F. Scott Fitzgerald met his wife while he was in the army and stationed in Alabama in 1919. (98 mins.)
Director: George Schaefer
“ Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. ” - ursulahemard
 
21.
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of author F. Scott Fitzgerald's two stays in Hollywood to write for films, once in 1927 at the height of his acclaim, and again in 1937 when he arrived with little money, enormous expenses and an ill wife. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
“ Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. ” - ursulahemard
 
22.
The Belle of Amherst (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Portrait of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson based on her poems, letters and notes. This is a taped broadcast of a live one-woman performance. (90 mins.)
“ Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships were therefore carried out by correspondence. ” - ursulahemard
 
23.
Julia (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. (117 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Lillian Florence “Lily” Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, linked throughout her life with many left-wing causes. She was romantically involved for 30 years with mystery and crime writer Dashiell Hammett (and was the inspiration for his character Nora Charles), and was also a long-time friend and literary executor of author Dorothy Parker. ” - ursulahemard
 
24.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark novel which perfected his stream of consciousness technique and combined nearly every literary device available in a modern re-telling of The Odyssey. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters. ” - ursulahemard
 
25.
Stevie (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This biographical film has Glenda Jackson portraying a British poet with emotional problems. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Enders
“ Florence Margaret Smith, known as Stevie Smith (20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971) was an English poet and novelist. ” - ursulahemard
 
26.
Molière (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.[1] Among Molière's best-known works are Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope), L'École des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman). ” - ursulahemard
 
27.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
“ Miles Franklin (born "Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin"; 14 October 1879 – 19 September 1954) was an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her autobiographical novel, My Brilliant Career, published in 1901. While she wrote throughout her life, her other major literary success, All That Swagger, was not published until 1936.
She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting writers, literary journals, and writers' organisations. She has had a long-lasting impact on Australian literary life through her endowment of a major literary award known as the Miles Franklin Award. ” - ursulahemard
 
28.
Agatha (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ Agatha Christie, DBE, (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 80 detective novels—especially those featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple—and her successful West End theatre plays. ” - ursulahemard
 
29.
Les soeurs Brontë (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
“ The Brontës (were a 19th century literary family associated with Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The sisters, Charlotte (born 21 April 1816), Emily (born 30 July 1818), and Anne (born 17 January 1820), are well known as a trio of sibling poets and novelists. They originally published their poems and novels under masculine pseudonyms, following the custom of the times practised by female writers. Their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality. Charlotte's Jane Eyre was the first to know success, while Emily's Wuthering Heights, Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and other works were later to be accepted as masterpieces of literature. ” - ursulahemard
 
30.
Céleste (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental 'À la recherche du temps perdu' (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past). It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. ” - ursulahemard
 
31.
Heart Beat (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac. (110 mins.)
Director: John Byrum
“ Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and a pioneer of the Beat Generation. ” - ursulahemard
 
32.
Priest of Love (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States... (125 mins.)
“ David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.
Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage." At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as, "The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the influential Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great tradition" of the English novel. Lawrence is now valued by many as a visionary thinker and significant representative of modernism in English literature. ” - ursulahemard
 
33.
Hammett (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
“ Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). ” - ursulahemard
 
34.
Cross Creek (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature. (127 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (August 8, 1896 – December 14, 1953) was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings. Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie, also known as The Yearling. The book was written long before the concept of young-adult fiction, but is now commonly included in teen-reading lists. ” - ursulahemard
 
35.
James Joyce's Women (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark novel which perfected his stream of consciousness technique and combined nearly every literary device available in a modern re-telling of The Odyssey. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters. ” - ursulahemard
 
36.
Oscar (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(120 mins.)
“ Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. ” - ursulahemard
 
37.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima... (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫 Mishima Yukio?) was the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威 Hiraoka Kimitake?, January 14, 1925–November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor and film director, also remembered for his ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d'état. Nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Mishima was internationally famous and is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, whose avant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change. ” - ursulahemard
 
38.
Shadowlands (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Noted author and scholar finds love, then must endure its loss... (92 mins.)
Director: Norman Stone
“ Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is well known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy. ” - ursulahemard
 
39.
Meteor and Shadow (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A documentary about the rise and fall of Greek's most esteemed poet, Napoleon Lapathiotis. (101 mins.)
“ Napoleon Lapathiotis (Ναπολέων Λαπαθιώτης; 31 October 1888 – 7 January 1944) was a Greek poet. A native of Athens, he began writing and publishing poetry when he was eleven. In 1907, along with others, he established the Igiso (Ἡγησώ, from the Attic Greek name Hēgēso) magazine, in which he published his works. In 1909, he graduated from the law school of the University of Athens. His first book of poems was published in 1939. ” - ursulahemard
 
40.
Dreamchild (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie... (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
“ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand. ” - ursulahemard
 
41.
Out of Africa (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in both Danish and in English.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.
Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described as "a mistake" that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930s. ” - ursulahemard
 
42.
Coming Through (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Celebrated actors Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) and Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) star in this film by award-winning... (80 mins.)
“ David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct. ” - ursulahemard
 
43.
Poslednyaya doroga (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
About the death of Aleksandr Pushkin, the leading poet and writer of Russia, who was shot on a duel and died when he was 37. (101 mins.)
Director: Leonid Menaker
“ Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers. He also wrote historical fiction. ” - ursulahemard
 
44.
Gothic (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story. (87 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. ” - ursulahemard
 
45.
Barfly (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
“ Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". ” - ursulahemard
 
46.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Waiting for the Moon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas...
“ Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France. ” - ursulahemard
 
47.
Kangaroo (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burstall
“ David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct. ” - ursulahemard
 
48.
Haunted Summer (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex. (106 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
“ Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron's best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we'll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. ” - ursulahemard
 
49.
Rowing with the Wind (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
“ Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. ” - ursulahemard
 
50.
Old Gringo (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries... (119 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
“ Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – after December 26, 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce." ” - ursulahemard
 
51.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Christy Brown (5 June 1932 – 7 September 1981) was an Irish author, painter and poet who suffered from cerebral palsy. ” - ursulahemard
 
52.
Goldeneye (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and... (105 mins.)
Director: Don Boyd
“ Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was a British author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer. Fleming is best known for creating the fictional British spy James Bond and for a series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character, which are one of the best-selling series of related novels of all time having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two works of non-fiction. Fleming is reputed to have been the designer of Operation Mincemeat and Operation Goldeneye, the former of which was successfully carried out during the Second World War.
In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming fourteenth on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". ” - ursulahemard
 
53.
Henry & June (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American novelist and painter. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of 'novel' that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism, one that is distinctly always about and expressive of the real-life Henry Miller and yet is also fictional. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring. He also wrote travel memoirs and essays of literary criticism and analysis.

Anaïs Nin (born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States, who published her journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death, her erotic literature and short stories. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. ” - ursulahemard
 
54.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Zora Is My Name! (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A celebration of the life of Zora Neale Hurston, who was born at the turn of the 20th Century and grew...
“ Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891– January 28, 1960) was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. ” - ursulahemard
 
55.
I, the Worst of All (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695)... (105 mins.)
“ Sor (Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz (12 November 1648 – 17 April 1695), fully Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and nun of New Spain. Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today a Mexican writer, and stands at the beginning of the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. ” - ursulahemard
 
56.
The Dreamer of Oz (1990 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
“ Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels), 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts,[1] and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work). ” - ursulahemard
 
57.
An Angel at My Table (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters... (158 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ Janet Paterson Frame, ONZ, CBE (28 August 1924 - 29 January 2004) was a New Zealand author. She wrote eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, an edition of juvenile fiction, and three volumes of autobiography during her lifetime. Since her death, a twelfth novel, a second volume of poetry, and a handful of short stories have been released. Frame's celebrity is informed by her dramatic personal history as well as her literary career. Following years of psychiatric hospitalisation, Frame was scheduled for a lobotomy that was canceled when, just days before the procedure, her debut publication of short stories was unexpectedly awarded a national literary prize. These dramatic personal experiences feature prominently in Frame's autobiographical trilogy and director Jane Campion's popular film adaptation of the texts, with recognisably autobiographical elements further resurfacing in many of her fictional publications. Characterised by scholar Simone Oettli as a writer who simultaneously sought fame and anonymity, Frame eschewed the dominant New Zealand literary realism of the post-war era, combining prose, poetry, and modernist elements with a magical realist style, garnering numerous local literary prizes despite mixed critical and public reception. ” - ursulahemard
 
58.
Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Expatriate Henry Miller indulges in a variety of sexual escapades while struggling to establish himself as a serious writer in Paris. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
“ Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American novelist and painter. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of 'novel' that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism, one that is distinctly always about and expressive of the real-life Henry Miller and yet is also fictional. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring. He also wrote travel memoirs and essays of literary criticism and analysis. ” - ursulahemard
 
59.
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind... (100 mins.)
“ Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was a British author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer. Fleming is best known for creating the fictional British spy James Bond and for a series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character, which are one of the best-selling series of related novels of all time having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two works of non-fiction. Fleming is reputed to have been the designer of Operation Mincemeat and Operation Goldeneye, the former of which was successfully carried out during the Second World War.
In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming fourteenth on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". ” - ursulahemard
 
60.
Kafka (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a culturally influential German-language novelist. Contemporary critics and academics, such as Vladimir Nabokov,[2] regard Kafka as one of the best writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has become part of the English language. ” - ursulahemard
 
61.
Becoming Colette (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
At the turn of the century, Henri Gauthier-Villars, a notorious bachelor, marries the young country... (93 mins.)
Director: Danny Huston
“ Colette (pronounced: [kɔ.lɛt]) was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954). She is best known for her novel 'Gigi', upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title. ” - ursulahemard
 
62.
Impromptu (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. (107 mins.)
Director: James Lapine
“ Amantine (also "Amandine") Lucile Aurore Dupin, later Baroness (French: baronne) Dudevant (Paris, 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand (French pronunciation: [ʒɔʁʒ sɑ̃d]), was a French novelist and memoirist. ” - ursulahemard
 
63.
O Dia do Desespero (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Portrait of the last days of the life of Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. (75 mins.)
“ Camilo Ferreira Botelho Castelo-Branco,1st Viscount de Correia Botelho (March 16, 1825 – June 1, 1890), was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having authored over 260 books (mainly novels, plays and essays). His writing is, overall, considered original in that it combines the dramatic and sentimental spirit of Romanticism with a highly personal combination of sarcasm, bitterness and dark humour. He is also celebrated for his peculiar wit and anecdotal character, as well as for his turbulent (and ultimately tragical) life. ” - ursulahemard
 
64.
En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
May, 1946, in Paris young poet Jacques Prevel meets Antonin Artaud, the actor, artist, and writer just released from a mental asylum... (90 mins.)
“ Antonin Artaud (September 4, 1896, in Marseille – March 4, 1948 in Paris) was a French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director. Antonin is a diminutive form of Antoine "little Anthony", and was among a list of names which Artaud used throughout his writing career. ” - ursulahemard
 
65.
This Boy's Life (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff (born June 19, 1945) is an American author. He is known for his memoirs, particularly This Boy's Life (1989), and his short stories. He has also written two novels. ” - ursulahemard
 
66.
Zelda (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Famous 1920s modernist US writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his eccentric Flapper socialite wife Zelda Sayre's relationship began quite passionately, but he slowly fell into alcoholism and she was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Director: Pat O'Connor
“ Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. ” - ursulahemard
 
67.
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is well known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy. ” - ursulahemard
 
68.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda.
Neruda wrote in a variety of styles such as erotically charged love poems as in his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, surrealist poems, historical epics, and overtly political manifestos. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." Neruda always wrote in green ink as it was his personal color of hope. ” - ursulahemard
 
69.
Fritänkaren (1994 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
a 274-minute documentary portrait of the life of playwright August Strindberg. The topic of the movie is inextricable from its method of production: for two years, beginning in 1992, Watkins created the film in a communal collaboration. (276 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
“ Johan August Strindberg (22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, and essayist. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. A bold experimenter and iconoclast throughout, he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes, from naturalistic tragedy, monodrama, and history plays, to his anticipations of expressionist and surrealist dramatic techniques ” - ursulahemard
 
70.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit... (125 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
“ Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles. ” - ursulahemard
 
71.
Tom & Viv (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
“ Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was a poet, playwright, and literary critic, and arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. ” - ursulahemard
 
72.
Postcards from America (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Steve McLean
“ David Wojnarowicz (September 14, 1954 – July 22, 1992) was a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and activist who was prominent in the New York City art world of the 1980s. ” - ursulahemard
 
73.
Carrington (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century. (121 mins.)
“ Giles Lytton Strachey (1 March 1880 – 21 January 1932) was a British writer and critic. He is best known for establishing a new form of biography in which psychological insight and sympathy are combined with irreverence and wit. His 1921 biography Queen Victoria was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. ” - ursulahemard
 
74.
Total Eclipse (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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.)
“ Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet. Born in Charleville, Ardennes, he produced his best known works while still in his late teens—Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare"—and he gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 21. As part of the decadent movement, Rimbaud influenced modern literature, music and art. He was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, traveling extensively on three continents before his death from cancer less than a month after his 37th birthday.

Paul-Marie Verlaine (30 March 1844 – 8 January 1896) was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry. ” - ursulahemard
 
75.
Indecent Acts (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(51 mins.)
Director: William Parry
“ Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. ” - ursulahemard
 
76.
Saint-Ex (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Poetic biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. (82 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
“ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars. ” - ursulahemard
 
77.
Hamsun (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war. (159 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
“ Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. He was praised by King Haakon VII of Norway as Norway's soul. ” - ursulahemard
 
78.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Valerie Jean Solanas (April 9, 1936 – April 25, 1988) was an American radical feminist writer, best known for her attempted murder of Andy Warhol in 1968. She wrote the SCUM Manifesto which encouraged male gendercide and the creation of an all-female society. ” - ursulahemard
 
79.
The Whole Wide World (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard... (111 mins.)
Director: Dan Ireland
“ Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. Best known for his character Conan the Barbarian, he is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.
This is actually a very lovely movie indeed. Everybody has heard of the pulp fiction stories of Conan the Barbarian but only hard core fans do know the story behind its writer Robert E. Howard, who created this fantasy hero in 1932. Unfortunately he died at the age of only 30. In his short very productive life he enjoyed literary success but had also, though inspiring and romantic, a not quite fulfilling love affaire with Novalyne Price Ellis. The movie is historically and biographically correct. Very prettily filmed and characterisations seem to be truthful with accents and all. I definitely learned something new and enjoyed the skilful and atmospheric moviemaking. ” - ursulahemard
 
80.
Nerolio (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Siracusa, un noto scrittore/regista cammina per un quartiere popolare, osservando ed avvicinando i giovani... (77 mins.)
“ Pier Paolo Pasolini (March 5, 1922 – November 2, 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process. ” - ursulahemard
 
81.
Saint-Exupéry: La dernière mission (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Life and times of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, famous French pilot and even more famous writer who disappeared... (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
“ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars. ” - ursulahemard
 
82.
Death in Granada (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936) was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. He is believed to be one of thousands who were summarily shot by anti-communist death squads during the Spanish Civil War. In 2008, a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. The Garcia Lorca family eventually dropped objections to the excavation of a potential gravesite near Alfacar. However, no human remains were found. ” - ursulahemard
 
83.
Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself... (100 mins.)
“ Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (4 January 1732 – 18 May 1799) was a watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, arms dealer, and revolutionary (both French and American). He was best known, however, for his theatrical works, especially the three Figaro plays. ” - ursulahemard
 
84.
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town... (92 mins.)
Director: Stephen T. Kay
“ Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, perhaps best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. ” - ursulahemard
 
85.
Wilde (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
“ Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. ” - ursulahemard
 
86.
The Gambler (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky must write a novel in 27 days in a deal to pay off his gambling debts, and feverishly dictates the novel 'The Gambler'. (97 mins.)
Director: Károly Makk
“ Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881) was a Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. He is best known for his novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. ” - ursulahemard
 
87.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616)[nb 1] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. ” - ursulahemard
 
88.
The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her. (104 mins.)
“ Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. ” - ursulahemard
 
89.
Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood... (169 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
“ Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past). It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. ” - ursulahemard
 
90.
Angela's Ashes (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences... (145 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Francis "Frank" McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, best known as the author of Angela’s Ashes, an award-winning, tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood. ” - ursulahemard
 
91.
Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters, who are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists. ” - ursulahemard
 
92.
Die Braut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The relationship between Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the great German writer, and Christiane Vulpius... (112 mins.)
Director: Egon Günther
“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. ” - ursulahemard
 
93.
The Children of the Century (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent... (135 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
“ Amantine (also "Amandine") Lucile Aurore Dupin, later Baroness (French: baronne) Dudevant (Paris, 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand as a French novelist and memoirist.

Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836. ” - ursulahemard
 
94.
Dash and Lilly (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).

Lillian Florence “Lily” Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, linked throughout her life with many left-wing causes. She was romantically involved for 30 years with mystery and crime writer Dashiell Hammett (and was the inspiration for his character Nora Charles), and was also a long-time friend and literary executor of author Dorothy Parker. ” - ursulahemard
 
95.
Isn't She Great (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann... (95 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bergman
“ Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974) was an American author known for her best-selling novels. Her most notable work was Valley of the Dolls, a book that broke sales records and spawned an Oscar-nominated 1967 film and a short-lived TV series. ” - ursulahemard
 
96.
Nora (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark novel which perfected his stream of consciousness technique and combined nearly every literary device available in a modern re-telling of The Odyssey. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters. ” - ursulahemard
 
97.
Quills (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814) was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. He was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion or law.
Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life; eleven years in Paris (10 of which were spent in the Bastille) a month in Conciergerie, two years in a fortress, a year in Madelonnettes, three years in Bicêtre, a year in Sainte-Pélagie, and 13 years in the Charenton asylum. During the French Revolution he was an elected delegate to the National Convention. Many of his works were written in prison. ” - ursulahemard
 
98.
Beat (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife. (93 mins.)
Director: Gary Walkow
“ William Seward Burroughs II (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, poet, essayist and spoken word performer. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who affected popular culture as well as literature. He is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century." Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. Burroughs also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. ” - ursulahemard
 
99.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
“ James Dennis "Jim" Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ” - ursulahemard
 
100.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Susanna Kaysen (born November 11, 1948) is an American author. ” - ursulahemard