Writers, Writing, and Write-Themed Movies

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1. Author! Author! (1982)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld, Bob Dishy

Votes: 4,683 | Gross: $13.11M

2. Writer (2013)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Nick is a frustrated writer caught in unfortunate circumstances, but how much can he take before he finally snaps?

Director: Sam Brewster | Stars: Parker Clark, Max Cavenham, Margo Henson, Charles Reston

3. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 61,808 | Gross: $36.61M

4. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 148,102 | Gross: $15.54M

5. The Writer (IV) (2015)

107 min | Crime, Mystery

WHAT IF YOU WAKE UP AS THE PROTAGONIST OF YOUR BOOK AND REALIZE THAT YOU ACTUALLY MIGHT BE HIM!

Director: Rajeev Jhaveri | Stars: Caterina Murino, Gemma Atkinson, Victor Banerjee, Rajeev Khandelwal

Votes: 13

6. Let's Talk English (2014– )
Episode: Writing

Reality-TV

A letter to a friend provides an example for casual writing, and the expression "the pen is mightier than the sword" is explained. Later, a grammar game show describes how to use "still" and "always."

Director: Paige K Boudreau | Stars: Andrew Phung, Nina Sudra

7. Mr. Write (1994)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Aspiring writer (with no talent) gets a job on a TV commercial, falls for an advertising executive.

Director: Charlie Loventhal | Stars: Paul Reiser, Jessica Tuck, Martin Mull, Doug Davidson

Votes: 148

8. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett

Votes: 117,106 | Gross: $127.12M

9. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 169,710 | Gross: $48.02M

10. Bag of Bones (2011)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After his wife's sudden death, a best selling author returns to his cabin retreat where he receives paranormal visitations and becomes involved in a custody battle.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Annabeth Gish, Anika Noni Rose

Votes: 7,932

11. Beauty Queen Murders (2013– )

TV-PG | Documentary

Beauty pageants are the stuff of dreams for so many girls who fantasize about being a princess for the day. For these beauty queens, a sash and crown may empower them to reach for the stars... See full summary »

Stars: J.R. Craig, David Hill, Shawn Thomas, Randall Yarbrough

Votes: 61

12. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

R | 127 min | Drama

65 Metascore

This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Leelee Sobieski, Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, Jane Birkin

Votes: 2,187 | Gross: $1.76M

13. Based on a True Story (I) (2017)

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

43 Metascore

A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Eva Green, Vincent Perez, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 3,679

14. Stuck in Love (2012)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff

Votes: 78,766 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Write Off the Page (2017)

Short, Fantasy

The tale of a young author who has given up on her writing - but her characters have other ideas...

Director: David Ball | Stars: Ezekiel Ajeigbe, Adrian Barboza, Maritza Castillo, Stephanie Parajon

16. The Rewrite (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Hugh Grant, Whit Baldwin, Vanessa Wasche, Enid Graham

Votes: 16,535

17. Mr. Write (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Romance

When the executives at Heartstrings Press wants to drop Michael Rothchild's (Corey Sevier) next romance book, junior editor, Dori Shephard (Charlotte Sullivan), argues her way into working ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Charlotte Sullivan, Corey Sevier, Christie Laing, Colin Lawrence

Votes: 217

18. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Laura Albert, Asia Argento, Stephen Beachy, Bruce Benderson

Votes: 967 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Playwright at Work (1961– )

30 min | Talk-Show

This was a weekly series of 10 half-hour programs produced in New York by the National Educational Television and Radio Center (the predecessor of PBS) in the spring and summer of 1961, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Perry, Marie Andrews, Peggy Feury, Bramwell Fletcher

20. The Player (1992)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 49,396 | Gross: $21.71M

21. Winter Passing (2005)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has... See full summary »

Director: Adam Rapp | Stars: Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Darrell Larson

Votes: 7,854 | Gross: $0.10M

22. Kill Your Darlings (2006)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

A desperate young writer is lured on a wild ride through the desert by a mysterious woman in this darkly comic take on the all-American road trip. Along the way they cross paths with a ... See full summary »

Director: Björne Larson | Stars: Lolita Davidovich, Andreas Wilson, Fares Fares, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 811

23. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs.

Director: John Krokidas | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster

Votes: 32,545 | Gross: $1.03M

24. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 178,069 | Gross: $75.29M

25. Broadcast News (1987)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 24,698 | Gross: $51.25M

26. Neverwas (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A well-educated psychiatrist leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father, a novelist, lived before writing a renowned children's book. Acclimating to his position, ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Michael Stern | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte

Votes: 6,239

27. Genius (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Director: Michael Grandage | Stars: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney

Votes: 15,544 | Gross: $1.36M

28. Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy

34 Metascore

A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot

Votes: 51,464 | Gross: $14.90M

29. True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)

TV-14 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

37 Metascore

After a publisher changes a writer's debut novel about a deadly assassin from fiction to non-fiction, the author finds himself thrust into the world of his lead character, and must take on the role of his character for his own survival.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Kevin James, Kim Coates, Maurice Compte, Zulay Henao

Votes: 17,130

30. Lone Survivor: Learning the Basics (2014 Video)

10 min | Short

This piece opens with a look at discovering proper shooting locations, the challenges of the shoot, and the technical details behind safely recreating the action.

Stars: Peter Berg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch

31. Black Butterfly (II) (2017)

R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

43 Metascore

A hot altercation followed by a gallant rescue gets a lonely screenwriter a front-row seat to a tense backwoods drama when he decides to take in an ex-con drifter. Now, he is bent on making his host a better man. Will this nightmare end?

Director: Brian Goodman | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo, Vincent Riotta

Votes: 10,411

32. While We're Young (2014)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 41,237 | Gross: $7.57M

33. Ink (1996–1997)

30 min | Comedy

Kate and Mike, married journalists working in the same office, have just gotten divorced. To avoid having to continue to work together, Kate goes to her boss to resign and pursue a job ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Christine Ebersole, Alana Austin

Votes: 62

34. Capital News (1990– )

60 min | Drama

Short-lived television drama about newspaper reporters in Washington, D.C. With their careers on the line, they would do almost anything to get the scoop....

Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Michael Woods, Mark Blum, William Russ

Votes: 15

35. The Adderall Diaries (2015)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

Elliot, a troubled former successful writer decides to write about a missing wife and the following murder trial of her husband.

Director: Pamela Romanowsky | Stars: James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Jim Parrack

Votes: 3,569 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Californication (2007–2014)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women.

Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 163,390

37. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 28,403 | Gross: $8.80M

38. The End of the Tour (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

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.'

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer

Votes: 25,859 | Gross: $2.99M

39. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 41,131 | Gross: $2.45M

40. The Words (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

37 Metascore

A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.

Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 70,180 | Gross: $11.49M

41. The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

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.

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams

Votes: 3,939 | Gross: $1.43M

42. The Company You Keep (2012)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

After a journalist discovers his identity, a former Weather Underground activist goes on the run.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte

Votes: 29,621 | Gross: $5.13M

43. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 7,697 | Gross: $0.09M

44. A Fine Madness (1966)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women, but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist, and his beautiful wife.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, Jean Seberg, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 1,063

45. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 37,839 | Gross: $0.72M

46. Perfect Stranger (2007)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

31 Metascore

A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow

Votes: 42,444 | Gross: $23.98M

47. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

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: 31,547 | Gross: $2.22M

48. Me and Kaminski (2015)

124 min | Comedy, Drama

Young journalist Sebastian Zöllner is writing an article on artist Manuel Kaminski. Zöllner hopes that Kaminski dies soon, so that he can cash in on his article.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jesper Christensen, Amira Casar, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 1,122

49. The Face of an Angel (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ava Acres, Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Anjella Mackintosh

Votes: 4,200

50. The Undoing (2020– )

Drama | Filming

Life for a a successful therapist in New York begins to unravel on the eve of publishing her first book.

Stars: Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis, Michael Devine, Noma Dumezweni



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