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The Best Documentaries About Writers

List Criteria: Documentary films about authors, journalists, novelists, poets, playwrights, and any other types of writers

There are many documentaries out there today that look at writers throughout history, specifically with a focus on their personal lives, struggles, inspirations, and motivations in the artistic arena. This list of the best documentaries about writers will shed light on the life and craft of many different writers and authors.
 
The films featured on this list have been ranked by the community as the best documentaries that feature the stories of writers, their personal lives, struggles, and accomplishments. These films address the historical aspects of what shaped their lives in the early years, the successes and failures of their careers, what influenced their personal stories, awards they received, and how they made an impact on society through their works.

 What are the best documentaries about writers? This list has them all, including: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, Charles Dickens’s England, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, Finding Farley, An Impression with John Steinbeck: Writer, In the Wake of the Flood, and Breakfast with Hunter. Vote up for your favorite writer documentary or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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    The Charles Bukowski Tapes

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    Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison

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    Greatest Journeys: England: The Journeys of Charles Dickens

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    Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

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    William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs

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    The Art of Catching Lobsters

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    Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

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    Hubert Selby Jr: It'll Be Better Tomorrow Robert Downey Jr., Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn

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    102 Years in the Heart of Europe: a Portrait of Ernst Jünger

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    Gore Vidal: The Man Who Said No

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    Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry

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    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

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    Life Itself

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    Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams

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    Dominick Dunne: After the Party Joan Didion, Robert Evans, Griffin Dunne

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    Bartleby en coulisses

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    The Dialogues With Solzhenitsyn

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    Charles Dickens's England Derek Jacobi

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    Harto The Borges Osvaldo Bayer

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    Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself

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    Love Always, Carolyn

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    Rwanda pour mémoire

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    Fear and Loathing On the Road to Hollywood

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    Margaret Atwood: Once in August Margaret Atwood

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    Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey

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    Helen Hayes, Ruth Gordon, Margalo Gillmore

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    The Political Dr. Seuss

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    Sacred Poet

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    Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Sharon Gless

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    An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer Henry Fonda, Peter Haskell

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    Finding Farley

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    In the Wake of the Flood Margaret Atwood

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    Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen

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    Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon

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    Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road William S. Burroughs, Hal Willner, John Giorno

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    Patti Smith: Dream of Life Patti Smith, Flea, Tom Verlaine

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    Stay More: the World of Donald Harington

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