Movies About Writers and Writing
Movie Recommendations

Movies featuring actors portraying real life writers
Movies based on fictional characters and the writing process

Movies Featuring Actors Portraying Real Life Writers

84 Charing Cross Road. PG. 1986. (Helene Hanff) DVD Drama

Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures. Not rated. 2004. (Agatha Christie) DVD 791.4572 AGA TV

American Splendor. R. 2003. (Harvey Pekar) DVD Comedy

Becoming Jane. PG. 2007. (Jane Austen) DVD Drama

Before Night Falls. R. 2000. (Reinaldo Arenas) DVD Drama

Capote. R. 2005. (Truman Capote) DVD Drama

Coming Through. Not rated. 1985. (D.H. Lawrence) DVD 791.4572 COM TV

Cross Creek. PG. 1983. (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings) DVD Drama

Factotum. R. 2005. (Charles Bukowski) DVD Drama

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. R. 1998. (Hunter S. Thompson) DVD Comedy

Finding Neverland. PG. 2004. (J. M. Barrie) DVD Drama

Hammett. PG. 1982. (Dashiell Hammett) DVD Drama

The Hours. PG-13. 2002. (Virginia Woolf) DVD Drama

Impromptu. PG-13. 1991. (George Sand) DVD Drama

Iris. R. 2001. (Iris Murdoch) DVD Drama

Joe Gould’s Secret. R. 2000. (Joe Mitchell) DVD Drama

Julia. PG. 1977. (Lillian Hellman) DVD Drama

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. R. 1994. (Dorothy Parker) DVD Drama

My Left Foot. R. 1989. (Christy Brown) DVD Drama

Nora. R. 1999. (James Joyce) DVD Drama

Out of Africa. PG. 1985. (Karen Dinesen Blixen) DVD Drama

The Passion of Ayn Rand. Not rated. 1998. (Ayn Rand) DVD 791.4572 PAS TV

Shadowlands. Not rated. 1985. (C. S. Lewis) DVD 791.4572 SHA TV

Shadowlands. PG. 1993. (C. S. Lewis) DVD Drama

Shakespeare in Love. R. 1998. (William Shakespeare) DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

Sylvia. R. 2003. (Sylvia Plath) DVD Drama

Tom & Viv. PG-13. 1994. (T. S. Eliot) DVD Drama

The Whole Wide World. PG. 1996. (Robert Howard) DVD Drama

Wilde. R. 1997. (Oscar Wilde) DVD Drama

Young Geothe in Love. Not rated. 2010. (Johann Goethe) DVD World (German)

Zora is My Name. Not rated. 1989. (Zora Neale Hurston) DVD 791.4572 ZOR TV

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Movies Based on Fictional Characters and the Writing Process

Adaptation. R. 2003. DVD Comedy

Alex and Emma. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Almost Famous. R. 2001. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

As Good As It Gets. PG-13. 1997. DVD Comedy

Barton Fink. R. 1991. DVD Comedy

Being Flynn. R. 2012. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Big Bad Love. R. 2001. DVD Drama

Bullets Over Broadway. R. 1994. DVD Comedy

Deathtrap. PG. 1982. DVD Comedy

Deconstructing Harry. R. 1997. DVD Comedy

Down With Love. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Finding Forrester. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

The Front Page. PG. 1974. DVD Comedy

His Girl Friday. Not rated. 1939. DVD Comedy

I Capture the Castle. R. 2003. DVD Drama

Little Women (starring Katharine Hepburn). Not rated. 1933. DVD Drama

Little Women (starring June Allyson). Not rated. 1949. DVD Drama

Little Women (starring Winona Ryder). PG. 1994. DVD Drama

Love and Death on Long Island. PG-13. 1996. DVD Drama

Misery. R. 1990. DVD Horror

The Muse. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy

Naked Lunch. R. 1991. DVD SF/Fantasy

IL Postino. PG. 1994. DVD World (Italian)

Romancing the Stone. PG. 1984. DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure

Ruby Sparks. R. 2012. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

Secret Window. PG-13. 2004. DVD Horror

Something’s Gotta Give. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Starting Out in the Evening. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama

Swimming Pool. R. 2003. DVD Drama

2046. R. 2004. DVD World (Chinese)

Wonder Boys. R. 2000. DVD Comedy

The Words. PG-13. 2012. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

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