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List Rules Movies about journalists, reporters, and the field of journalism.

The life of a journalist can be quite an adventure, sometimes dangerous and often stressful. This sort of high drama, high stakes lifestyle translates perfectly to the big screen. This list features the best movies about journalism and journalists. Many journalists burn the midnight oil to get the scoop and uncover the controversies that persist in the modern world. Many journalists risk their lives for the sake of the story, and many filmmakers have looked to the field for inspiration in their movies. 
 
The films on this list all center on the topic of journalism in one way or another – some take a historical approach to the lives of former journalists and the important roles they played in historic events, others are romantic movies or purely fictional stories about what the life of a journalist might look like.
 
This list has the best movies about journalists and reporters, including classics like: Citizen Kane, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Almost Famous, Capote, Finding Neverland, and Syriana.

Vote up your favorite film about the field of journalism and the writers who get us the news or add a movie you love that isn't already on the list.

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All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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The Insider Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more

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Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Journalists
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more

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Shattered Glass Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, Hank Azaria Shattered Glass is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay is based on a September 1998 Vanity Fair article by H. G. Bissinger. In it he chronicled the rapid ...more

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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston The Killing Fields is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the experiences of two journalists: Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg. The film, ...more

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Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more

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Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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The Year of Living Dangerously Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt The Year of Living Dangerously is a 1982 drama film directed by Peter Weir and adapted from the novel The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch. The story is about a love affair set in ...more

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Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more

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The Parallax View Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn The Parallax View is a 1974 American political thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels and Paula Prentiss. The film was ...more

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Wag the Dog Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero. ...more

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Ace in the Hole Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. It marked a series of firsts ...more

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Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain, a series of events ...more

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Runaway Jury Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The ...more

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Live from Baghdad Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton, Clark Gregg Live from Baghdad is a television movie produced in 2002 by HBO. It was directed by Mick Jackson and written by Robert Wiener. The movie was released during the prelude stage of the Iraq War. ...more

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Lynn Black added The Paper Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall. It received an Academy Award ...more

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Journalists
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more

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State of Play Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour ...more

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more

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Final Edition

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In Love and War Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Alan Bennett In Love and War is a romance drama film of 1996 based on the book, Hemingway in Love and War by Henry S. Villard and James Nagel. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, ...more

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Shadowlands Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, James Frain Shadowlands is a 1993 British biographical film about the love-relationship between Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, her death from cancer, and how this challenged ...more

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The Story of G.I. Joe Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith, Wally Cassell The Story of G.I. Joe, also credited in prints as Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe, is a 1945 American war film directed by William Wellman, starring Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum. The film ...more

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The Words Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper The Words is a 2012 mystery romantic drama film, written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal in their directorial debut. It stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy ...more

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Infamous Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig Infamous is a 2006 American drama film based on the 1997 book by George Plimpton, Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career. It ...more

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Control Room Josh Rushing Control Room is a 2004 documentary film about Al Jazeera and its relations with the US Central Command, as well as the other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Made by ...more

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A Mighty Heart Angelina Jolie, Archie Panjabi, Denis O'Hare A Mighty Heart is a 2007 drama film directed by Michael Winterbottom; It is an adaptation of Mariane Pearl's memoir, A Mighty Heart. Despite being a box office bomb, A Mighty Heart was met with ...more

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Becoming Jane Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy Becoming Jane is a 2007 British-Irish historical biographical film directed by Julian Jarrold. It depicts the early life of the English author Jane Austen and her perpetual love and regret with ...more

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Miss Potter Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson Miss Potter is a 2006 film directed by Chris Noonan. It is a biographical film of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, and combines stories from her own life with animated sequences ...more