My top 10 (and more) list of movies about writers and writing

My top 10 list of movies about writers and writing

What should you do on a rainy day when you get tired of writing? You should watch movies!

In addition to a big love for books and the stories they have enriched me with, since I learned to read in the 2nd grade (kindergarten class didn’t exist at the time), I also love watching a good movie. Great stories are told not only through books, but also through the film medium, and it’s obvious that screen writers throughout time have based the next movie on their own pains of writing.

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Below I have compiled a list of more than ten of my favorite films about writers and writing. If you are a writer, Adaptation is an obvious place to start and if you do not write, go pop the corns, lean back on the couch and enjoy the well-deserved stories that these movies offer.

My top 10 (and more) list of movies about writers and writing
What should you do on a rainy day when you get tired of writing? You should watch movies!

My favorite movies about writing

Adaptation (2002) on IMDbAdaptation
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean for the screen.

As Good As It Gets (1997) on IMDbAs Good As It Gets
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

 Barton Fink (1991) on IMDbBarton fink
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

The Book Thief (2013) on IMDbThe Book Thief
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

 Anne Franks dagbog (1959) on IMDbThe Diary of Anne Frank
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Finding Forrester (2000) on IMDbFinding Forrester
A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Freedom Writers (2007) on IMDbFreedom Writers
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

The Help (2011) on IMDbThe Help
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Julie & Julia (2009) on IMDbJulie & Julia
Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.

 Miss Potter (2006) on IMDbMiss Potter
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.

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) on IMDbSaving Mr. Banks
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

 Seven Psychopaths (2012) on IMDbSeven Psychopats
En manuskriptforfatter, der kæmper med at komme i gang med sit filmmanuskript, bliver uforvarende indblandet i den kriminelle underverden i Los Angeles, efter at hans sære venner kidnapper en gangsters elskede Shih Tzu.

Shadowlands (1993) on IMDbShadowlands
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.

 Stranger Than Fiction (2006) on IMDbStranger than fiction
An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

What are your favorite movies? Please, tell me in the comments.

Author: Vibeke Mouridsen

When Vibeke Mouridsen is not hunting bugs in software, she loves strawberry pie and a good movie. Vibeke is a writer @ Wibellus.com  — Life with words.

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