film 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
Charles Foster Kane Citizen Kane

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Bob Woodward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Bob Woodward Dick, All the President's Men

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

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Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Clark Kent Superman, Superman and the Mole Men, Stamp Day for Superman

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Howard Beale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Howard Beale Network

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Raoul Duke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Raoul Duke Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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William Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
William Miller Almost Famous

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

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Lester Bangs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
clash1977 added Lester Bangs Almost Famous

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Vicki Vale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Vicki Vale Batman

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April O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
April O'Neil TMNT, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Paul Avery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Paul Avery Zodiac

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

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Lois Lane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Lois Lane Man of Steel, Justice League: Doom, Superman: Doomsday

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Ford Prefect is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Ford Prefect The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Mary Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Mary Sunshine Chicago, Roxie Hart

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

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Kent Brockman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Kent Brockman The Simpsons Movie

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Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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J. Jonah Jameson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
J. Jonah Jameson Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man

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Marcello Rubini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Marcello Rubini La Dolce Vita

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Hildy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Hildy Johnson His Girl Friday

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Tom Grunick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Tom Grunick Broadcast News

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Walter Burns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Walter Burns His Girl Friday

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Mikael Blomkvist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Mikael Blomkvist The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc. - Played by Daniel Craig in U.S. versions, Mikael Nykqvist in Swedish versions

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

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Annie Reed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Annie Reed Sleepless in Seattle

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Ben Bradlee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
IanHarvey added Ben Bradlee All the President's Men

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Billy Kwan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Billy Kwan The Year of Living Dangerously - Linda Hunt won an Academy Award for her performance in a male role.

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Chuck Tatum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
2probb_1449163300222 added Chuck Tatum Ace in the Hole

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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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Rita Skeeter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Rita Skeeter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City 2, Sex and the City: The Movie, Sex and the Matrix

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Sarah Jane Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Journalist Characters in Film
Sarah Jane Smith Downtime

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