Top 50 Poetry/Poets Movies

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1.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
2.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
3.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
4.
The Mirror (1975)
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (108 mins.)
“ Visual Poetry ” - transitasis
 
5.
Nostalgia (1983)
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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
6.
The Butterfly's Dream (2013)
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In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same. (138 mins.)
Director: Yilmaz Erdogan
 
7.
Poetry (2010)
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
8.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Orpheus (1950)
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
10.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
11.
Songs from the Second Floor (2000)
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Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things. (98 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
15.
Blue Car (2002)
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A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest. (96 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff
 
16.
Henry Fool (1997)
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Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist... (137 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
17.
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
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A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrea Segre
 
18.
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
 
19.
In the White City (1983)
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A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little... (108 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
20.
Pyaasa (1957)
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. (146 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
21.
Rhino Season (2012)
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Kurdish-Iranian poet Sahel has just been released from a thirty-year prison sentence in Iran. Now the one thing keeping him going is the thought of finding his wife, who thinks him dead for over twenty years. (88 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
22.
Testament of Orpheus (1960)
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The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (77 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
23.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas
 
24.
The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)
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Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising... (127 mins.)
Director: Eliseo Subiela
 
25.
Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
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An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas. (97 mins.)
Director: Andy Goddard
 
26.
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
 
27.
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970)
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Vincent Price recites four Edgar Allen Poe stories: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Pit and the Pendulum. (53 mins.)
Director: Ken Johnson
 
28.
Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
29.
Leopardi (2014)
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Based upon the short but fruitful life of illness-racked Italian poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. (143 mins.)
Director: Mario Martone
 
30.
The Kindergarten Teacher (2014)
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A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone. (119 mins.)
Director: Nadav Lapid
 
31.
Zero Kelvin (1995)
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Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland... (118 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
Elling (2001)
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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
34.
Satan's Brew (1976)
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Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance... (112 mins.)
 
35.
Slam (1998)
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Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City... (100 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
36.
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
 
37.
Reuben, Reuben (1983)
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A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman. (101 mins.)
 
38.
Indian Summer (1972)
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In Italy, the gambler and professor of poetry Daniele Dominici arrives in the seaside town of Rimini... (132 mins.)
Director: Valerio Zurlini
 
39.
Wesele (1973)
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Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl... (102 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
40.
Love & Savagery (2009)
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In 1969, a visiting geologist from Newfoundland arouses scandal in a small Irish village when he romances a local girl who's destined for the convent. (95 mins.)
Director: John N. Smith
 
41.
Papusza (2013)
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The rise and fall of the most distinguished Polish-Gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza, and her relationship with her discoverer, writer Jerzy Ficowski. (131 mins.)
 
42.
Antonia. (2015)
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A journey through the last ten years in the brief life of Italian poet Antonia Pozzi. This is the portrait of an artist and of her art. (96 mins.)
 
43.
In Custody (1994)
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An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man... (126 mins.)
Director: Ismail Merchant
 
44.
Volver a empezar (1982)
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A Nobel prize winner returns to his natal city looking for his home. (87 mins.)
 
45.
Fedele alla linea (2013 Documentary)
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How to portray one of the most charismatic poets of the past decades. How to recount the human and artistic saga of Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, to convey the complexity of a character who provokes contrasting emotions and opinions.
 
46.
Hedd Wyn (1992)
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A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry... (123 mins.)
Director: Paul Turner
 
47.
A Muse (2012)
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Lee Jeok-yo is a 70ish year old man who is a respected poet. He cares fondly for his 30ish year old disciple Seo Ji-woo... (129 mins.)
Director: Ji Woo Chung
 
48.
Amour fou (2014)
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Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love... (96 mins.)
Director: Jessica Hausner
 
49.
Onegin (1999)
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In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy... (106 mins.)
Director: Martha Fiennes