"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.
Ben BradleeAll the President's Men
Linda Hunt won an Academy Award for her performance in a male role.
Mary SunshineChicago, Roxie Hart
Maddy BowenBlood Diamond
Annie ReedSleepless in Seattle
Played by Daniel Craig in U.S. versions, Mikael Nykqvist in Swedish versions