Top 80 Movies about Writers

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1.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
2.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
3.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
4.
La Notte (1961)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (122 mins.)
 
5.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
6.
The Player (1992)
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
7.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
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A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. (110 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
8.
Misery (1990)
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After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
9.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
10.
A Pure Formality (1994)
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Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse... (108 mins.)
 
11.
Chinese Coffee (2000)
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Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript. (99 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
12.
Claire's Knee (1970)
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
13.
House by the River (1950)
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A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect. (88 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
14.
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
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All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer. (108 mins.)
Director: Dan Ireland
 
15.
Following (1998)
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A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
 
16.
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
17.
Love Streams (1984)
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Two closely bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart. (141 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
18.
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
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Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
19.
Certified Copy (2010)
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In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper. (106 mins.)
 
20.
Stuck in Love (2012)
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An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Boone
 
21.
Providence (1977)
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Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
22.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
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Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
23.
Sex and Lucia (2001)
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Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life. (128 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
24.
Wonder Boys (2000)
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An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
25.
Reprise (2006)
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Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
26.
Another Woman (1988)
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
27.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
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A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
28.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
29.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
30.
Finding Forrester (2000)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
31.
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
 
32.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
33.
After the Storm (2016)
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After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. (117 mins.)
 
34.
Ballade vir 'n Enkeling (2015)
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After a prolific South African writer disappears, a journalist is motivated by ambition to uncover the writer's secret history. (139 mins.)
Director: Quentin Krog
 
35.
Numb (2007)
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A chronically depressed screenwriter desperately tries to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams. (93 mins.)
Director: Harris Goldberg
 
36.
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
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An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career. (111 mins.)
Director: Andrew Wagner
 
37.
The Mighty Angel (2014)
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Jerzy is a celebrity writer and a chronic alcoholic who camouflages his drinking problem with his wits and charm. As a frequent visitor of the rehab center, he meets fellow addicts from all walks of life and social backgrounds. (110 mins.)
 
38.
Sideways (2004)
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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
39.
An Angel at My Table (1990)
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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
 
40.
Shadows in the Sun (2005)
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An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Mirman
 
41.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
42.
Hunger (1966)
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In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published... (112 mins.)
Director: Henning Carlsen
 
43.
Beautiful Kate (2009)
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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying... (100 mins.)
Director: Rachel Ward
 
44.
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
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A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife. (96 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
45.
Tetro (2009)
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Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond. (127 mins.)
 
46.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
47.
The End of the Tour (2015)
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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.' (106 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
48.
Testament of Youth (2014)
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A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. (129 mins.)
Director: James Kent
 
49.
Swimming Pool (2003)
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A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
50.
American Splendor (2003)
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
 
51.
Crime Wave (1985)
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A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end... (80 mins.)
Director: John Paizs
 
52.
No Place to Go (2000)
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Flanders, a famous female author, travels 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall into the German capitol... (110 mins.)
Director: Oskar Roehler
 
53.
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
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Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children... (118 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
54.
20,000 Days on Earth (2014 Documentary)
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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. (97 mins.)
 
55.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
 
56.
Eternity and a Day (1998)
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Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home. (137 mins.)
 
57.
The Pillow Book (1996)
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As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book"... (126 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
58.
The World According to Garp (1982)
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer... (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
59.
Wrong Move (1975)
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A writer goes on a road trip across West Germany with a group of eclectic people he meets along the way. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
60.
His Wife's Diary (2000)
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A tragic story of love and loneliness - this is the unknown life of the great Russian writer Ivan Bunin... (110 mins.)
Director: Aleksey Uchitel
 
61.
Roman de gare (2007)
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A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller. (103 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
62.
Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974)
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Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and... (118 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
63.
Raven's End (1963)
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An aspiring young writer lives in a bleak working class block in the late 1930s. (101 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
64.
Cartas a Elena (2011)
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In the beautiful hills of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo)... (97 mins.)
Director: Llorent Barajas
 
65.
La discrète (1990)
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There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises... (94 mins.)
 
66.
Listen Up Philip (2014)
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Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise... (108 mins.)
Director: Alex Ross Perry
 
67.
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
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A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer. (106 mins.)
 
68.
Knight of Cups (2015)
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A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women. (118 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
69.
Castle of Blood (1964)
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A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle... (87 mins.)
 
70.
Anton Chekhov 1890 (2015)
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In 1890,Russian writer Anton Chekov writes short stories in newspapers to feed his family. He achieves success in the form of Pushkin prize. However, he decides to meet convicts at Sakhalin when one of this brothers die due to tuberculosis. (96 mins.)
Director: Rene Feret
 
71.
Zorba the Greek (1964)
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An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba. (142 mins.)
 
72.
With Beauty and Sadness (1965)
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Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko... (106 mins.)
 
73.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
74.
Strange Crime (2004)
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A mysterious writer is involved in a love affair with his stepson's wife, leading to a web of intrigue and desire. (105 mins.)
Director: Roberto Andò
 
75.
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
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Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
76.
Best Seller (1987)
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Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living... (95 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
77.
Trumbo (2015)
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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (124 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
78.
The Dying Gaul (2005)
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A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results. (92 mins.)
Director: Craig Lucas
 
79.
The End of Summer (2013)
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Tomoko is sick and tired of her relationship with unpopular talented writer Shingo, who is married and has children. Tomoko then enters into a sexual relationship with younger man Ryota, but Tomoko is still not satisfied.
 
80.
Hamsun (1996)
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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
 
81.
Russian Dolls (2005)
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Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite. (125 mins.)
 
82.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
83.
The Vanished Elephant (2014)
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Edo Celeste is a renowned crime novelist, who is writing the final book in the series about his alter ego... (109 mins.)
 
84.
Roma (2004)
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Joaquín Góñez, a novelist in his sixties recalls his emotions, his wild years in Buenos Aires, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty and the intimate relationship with his mother, Roma. (155 mins.)