Literary Films

Movies about authors, poets and writing
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The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghost writer, 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
 
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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
 
3.
Finding Forrester (2000)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
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Becoming Jane (2007)
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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
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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
 
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The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
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Out of Africa (1985)
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
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On the Road (2012)
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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. (124 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
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The Raven (2012)
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When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
10.
The Words (2012)
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A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. (102 mins.)
 
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One Day (2011)
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After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day. (107 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
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The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
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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
 
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Freedom Writers (2007)
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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. (123 mins.)
 
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Ask the Dust (2006)
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Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm. (117 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
 
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Miss Potter (2006)
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The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success. (88 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
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Finding Neverland (2004)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
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Sylvia (2003)
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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. (110 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
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Possession (2002)
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A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. (102 mins.)
Director: Neil LaBute
 
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Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
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Nora (2000)
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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank... (106 mins.)
Director: Pat Murphy
 
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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
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The End of the Affair (1999)
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On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah... (102 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
24.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Henry & June (1990)
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
27.
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012 TV Movie)
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A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer. (155 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
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The Whole Wide World (1996)
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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard... (111 mins.)
Director: Dan Ireland
 
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The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999 TV Movie)
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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.)