Movies About Writing
Sideways (2004, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do. The two embark on a road trip through California's wine country before Jack’s wedding. Miles is depressed with his career seemingly fading and frustrated that he is unable to get his seemingly very good novel published–something many writers can relate to.
The Player (1992, Comedy, Crime, Drama)
A studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by not accepting his script. This film captures the desperate and belittling status of the screenwriters who are often scrapping for every opportunity to pitch their ideas to the gatekeepers.
My Brilliant Career (1979, Biography, Drama, Romance)
The heroine, Sybylla, a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, and desire to be a writer.
The Front (1976, Comedy, Drama)
During the McCarthy Era when writers were blacklisted for real or perceived connections with the Communist party, a cashier poses as a writer to submit the work of blacklisted writers.
Adaptation. (2002, Comedy, Crime, Drama)
A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.
Wonder Boys (2000, Drama, Comedy)
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.
Barton Fink (1991, Drama, Mystery, Thriller)
In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block.
Sunset Boulevard (1950, Drama, Film-Noir)
A hack screenwriter writes a comeback screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
Misery (1990, Thriller)
A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan who becomes unhappy that the writer plans to kill off her beloved character.
In a Lonely Place (1950, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery)
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his neighbor clears him.
Shakespeare In Love (1998, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
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.
Finding Forrester (2000, Drama)
An afro-American teen writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.
I Capture the Castle (2003, Drama, Romance)
The film follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. Her father is desperate to repeat the spectacular success of his first novel, but hasn't written a word for 12 years; her exquisite sister Rose can only rail against their fate, and their Bohemian step-mother Topaz is a nudist and no help at all.
The Ghost Writer (2010, Mystery, Thriller)
A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
The Help (2011, Drama)
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.