Journalists The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film  

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"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" That line – bellowed by Peter Finch's news anchor Howard Beale – made the movie Network an instant classic. Beale is an iconic role, but he's by no means the only famous fictional journalist immortalized on film. Hollywood has crafted larger-than-life characters who investigate scandals, pen advice columns, and report the news, all for the sake of entertaining – and educating – movie-goers.

The best journalist characters in film won over audiences with their strong personalities and quests for the truth. Consider Carrie Bradshaw, the beloved protagonist of Sex and the City. Sarah Jessica Parker played the straight-talking, romance-obsessed New York Star columnist throughout six seasons on HBO and in two feature films. Or Charles Kane, the wildly successful publisher whose life and death haunt a reporter in Citizen Kane. And who could forget Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy, the over-the-top comedic star of the Anchorman movies? A few of the most memorable film journalists were even based on real people, like Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in All the President's Men.

Which of these film journalists will take home the metaphorical Pulitzer Prize? Vote up your favorite characters, and vote down the ones that belong below the fold. You can add in characters that are missing from the list, too.
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Charles Foster Kane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Citizen Kane

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23 8
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Superman, Superman and the Mole Men, Stamp Day for Superman

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19 6
Carl Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Dick, All the President's Men

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15 3
Bob Woodward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Dick, All the President's Men

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11 2
Raoul Duke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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15 6
April O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
TMNT, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Howard Beale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Network

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20 12
Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

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8 1
William Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Almost Famous

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11 4
Paul Avery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Zodiac

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19 12
Lois Lane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Man of Steel, Justice League: Doom, Superman: Doomsday

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8 4
J. Jonah Jameson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man

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7 4
Maddy Bowen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Blood Diamond

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6 3
Lester Bangs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
clash1977 added Lester Bangs Almost Famous

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Mary Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Mary Sunshine Chicago, Roxie Hart

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Vicki Vale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Batman

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8 6
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
The Devil Wears Prada

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6 4
Walter Burns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Walter Burns His Girl Friday

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4 2
Ben Bradlee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
IanHarvey added Ben Bradlee All the President's Men

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6 5
Kent Brockman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
The Simpsons Movie

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5 4
Annie Reed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Annie Reed Sleepless in Seattle

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5 4
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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4 3
Ford Prefect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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4 3
Mikael Blomkvist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc. -

Played by Daniel Craig in U.S. versions, Mikael Nykqvist in Swedish versions

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9 9
Rita Skeeter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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9 9
Jimmy Olsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Superman III, All-Star Superman, Supergirl

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Tom Grunick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Broadcast News

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Marcello Rubini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Marcello Rubini La Dolce Vita

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Billy Kwan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added The Year of Living Dangerously -

Linda Hunt won an Academy Award for her performance in a male role.

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Hildy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added His Girl Friday

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2 2
Johnny Barrett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Johnny Barrett Shock Corridor

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Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Sex and the City 2, Sex and the City: The Movie, Sex and the Matrix

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3 4
Sarah Jane Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Downtime

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2 3
Chuck Tatum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Ace in the Hole

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Cameron
Cameron "Buck" Williams Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind: World at War, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force