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List of movies about writers, as ranked by film critics and fans. Movies about writers are always interesting and filled with depth because the screenwriters truly understand what goes on in the mind of the scribe. These films follow writer characters through some real life issues like writer’s block, intense jealousy between writers, and being driven mad by genius. Other films take a more fantastical take on the plight of the writer with serial killers, stalkers, and characters that come to life. No matter the genre, these films follow the same overarching themes that real life writer’s actual experience.

 

Many of the movies on this list think of storytelling as therapy, where the writer is spinning a yarn in order to battle their own struggles. A few of the films follow real life novelists and screenwriters during the experiences that caused them to write their greatest works.

 

If you’ve been wondering, “What are the best movies about writers?” this list has every film you need, from thrillers where writer’s go crazy, like Secret Window, to horror movies where fans go too far, like Misery,to simple contemplative movies like American Splendor. The movies on this list feature the most memorable fictional writer’s in film history.

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Capote is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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Finding Forrester is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Finding Forrester Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Midnight in Paris Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
My Left Foot Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Romancing the Stone Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Barton Fink John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Wonder Boys Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

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The Words is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The Words Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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Shadowlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Shadowlands Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, James Frain

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Sideways Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Deathtrap Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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1408 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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Impromptu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Impromptu Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Bernadette Peters

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The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The Ghost Writer Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall

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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Limitless Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

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The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The World According to Garp Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

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Kill Your Darlings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Kill Your Darlings Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

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American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
American Splendor Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Sleuth Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing

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Through a Glass Darkly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Through a Glass Darkly Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

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In the Mouth of Madness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
In the Mouth of Madness Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Naked Lunch Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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The Player is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The Player Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg

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Deconstructing Harry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Deconstructing Harry Demi Moore, Jennifer Garner, Robin Williams

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Zorba the Greek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Zorba the Greek Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas

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Starting Out in the Evening is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Starting Out in the Evening Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor

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A Pure Formality is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
A Pure Formality Roman Polanski, Gérard Depardieu, Sergio Rubini

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Reprise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Reprise Christian Rubeck, Henrik Elvestad, Henrik Mestad

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Providence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Providence Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde

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Being Flynn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Being Flynn Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby

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House by the River is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
House by the River Jane Wyatt, Kathleen Freeman, Louis Hayward

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Prick Up Your Ears is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Prick Up Your Ears Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

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The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
The Squid and the Whale Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Clarmemont is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Writers
Mrs. Palfrey at the Clarmemont Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Anna Massey