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Ten great films about writers and writing

  • Published at 01:55 pm October 27th, 2021
Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Winslet in "Quills"| Collected

It is hardly ever easy to breathe life into the writing process on the screen. The day-to-day routines and rituals that are so deeply rooted in the creative process may fall completely flat on camera; sitting at a table and typing away is after all not very dramatic. And writers themselves are not always the most unreserved people, nor are they particularly skilled at separating their personal lives from their artistic pursuits. Thus, great movies about writers and their craft are naturally far and few in between.

Here are our picks for the best films that have managed to deftly capture writers and their methods:


The Hours

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 depression and suicide in their lives.


A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.


The story of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway in the lead roles.


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.

Barton Fink

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

The Wife

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Savages

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility and literary capabilities as they begin to care for their ailing father.

The End of the Tour

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.'

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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


In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.


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