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Ten Movies About Writers

Writing is a craft that has been around for centuries, and it has been a part of many great stories throughout the years. For writers, movies can be a great source of inspiration and motivation. There are countless movies about writers, but here are ten of the best:


1. The Remains of the Day (1993)

James Ivory’s classic period drama stars Anthony Hopkins as a butler whose life is changed when he meets a housekeeper (Emma Thompson). The film is an exploration of the power of words and the importance of writing in times of great change.


2. The Hours (2002)

This Golden Globe-winning drama tells the story of three women, each connected by the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore all star in this poignant story about the power of literature.


3. Adaptation (2002)

This dark comedy stars Nicolas Cage as a screenwriter struggling to adapt a book into a Hollywood movie. He finds himself in increasingly desperate situations as he attempts to make the film work.


4. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Woody Allen’s romantic comedy follows a struggling screenwriter (Owen Wilson) who finds himself transported to 1920s Paris. The film is an ode to the city’s literary culture and the writers who inspired it.


5. The Words (2012)

Bradley Cooper stars in this gripping drama about a struggling writer who finds success with a novel he plagiarized. The film explores the power of words and how their misuse can lead to devastating consequences.


6. Brooklyn (2015)

This romantic drama follows an Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) who moves to Brooklyn and finds success as a writer. The film is a touching exploration of the power of literature and how it can lead to new beginnings.


7. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

This charming holiday film stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, who is struggling to write his classic novel A Christmas Carol. The film is a celebration of the power of literature and how it can bring joy to others.


8. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Melissa McCarthy stars in this biopic about real-life writer Lee Israel, who turned to forgery to make ends meet. The film is an exploration of the importance of creativity and the lengths people will go to when they’re desperate.


9. Colette (2018)

Keira Knightley stars in this biopic about the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. The film follows Colette’s journey from a struggling writer to a celebrated author and explores the power of literature in a patriarchal society.


10. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Tom Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in this biopic about the beloved children’s television host. The film is a tribute to Rogers’s legacy and explores the power of writing to make a difference in people’s lives.


These ten movies are just a small sample of the great films about writers. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just want to enjoy a great story, these movies are sure to delight.


- JN Prioleau

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