Great Movies about Journalism

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1. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 16,535

2. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 82,584 | Gross: $70.60M

3. The Hunting Party (2007)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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54 Metascore

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg, Gordana Vukres

Votes: 22,997 | Gross: $0.97M

4. Live from Baghdad (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, War

7.4
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CNN producer Robert Wiener, his colleague and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Joshua Leonard, Lili Taylor

Votes: 4,103

5. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 22,334 | Gross: $51.72M

6. His Girl Friday (1940)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 44,745

7. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 119,660 | Gross: $37.02M

8. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 142,187 | Gross: $28.97M

9. Winchell (1998 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly, Paul Giamatti, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 484

10. The Paper (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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New York City tabloid Editor Henry is faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 11,208 | Gross: $38.82M

11. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 329,145 | Gross: $1.59M

12. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 22,130

13. Broadcast News (1987)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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84 Metascore

Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky

Votes: 23,017 | Gross: $51.25M

14. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 17,822 | Gross: $40.38M

15. Absence of Malice (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 9,993 | Gross: $40.72M

16. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 92,829 | Gross: $18.59M

17. Up Close & Personal (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 12,046 | Gross: $51.09M

18. Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000 TV Movie)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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In the early 1980s, there was someone killing the children of Atlanta. Eventually a single man was caught and convicted in one of the largest manhunts in our nation's history. Ever since, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Robert Carner | Stars: Jim Belushi, Gregory Hines, Sean McCann, Shawn Doyle

Votes: 489

19. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 30,334 | Gross: $2.22M

20. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

Votes: 32,557 | Gross: $0.00M

21. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 116,247

22. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 109,232 | Gross: $28.75M

23. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 21,823 | Gross: $3.97M

24. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 186,875 | Gross: $170.69M

25. The Public Eye (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and in not getting involved... until this time.

Director: Howard Franklin | Stars: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Richard Riehle, Bryan Travis Smith

Votes: 2,791 | Gross: $3.07M

26. American Tragedy (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 170 min | Crime, Drama

5.5
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Johnnie Cochran defends O.J. Simpson who is on trial for his wife's murder.

Director: Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Ving Rhames, Ron Silver, Bruno Kirby, Darryl Alan Reed

Votes: 189

27. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, Lolita Davidovich, Sada Thompson

Votes: 2,338

28. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 87,329 | Gross: $31.50M