film The Greatest Writer Characters in Film  

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List Rules Vote up the most memorable movie characters who were novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, etc.

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." That single typed line helped solidify The Shining as a horror movie classic, and ensured that its unhinged author Jack Torrance numbers among the greatest writer characters in film history. Novelists, playwrights, poets, and other writer characters seem to be particularly inspiring to screenwriters, perhaps due to their shared creative connection. Some of these fictional writers are neurotic intellectuals, while other writers in films use booze and drugs to fuel their creativity. A few of these fictional writers were even inspired by real-life artists.

Who takes the title as the greatest writer character of all time? The aforementioned Jack Torrance is a strong contender, but don't forget about iconic figures like unlucky screenwriter Joe Gillis from Sunset Boulevard. The fictionalized version of Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation is another one of the best writer characters from the movies – Nicholas Cage was even nominated for an Oscar for the role. The character of Barton Fink struggled to write screenplays in the 1991 film of the same name, and journalist Raoul Duke went on a psychedelic journey in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

It's up to you to decide which fictional author deserves top honors. Vote up the most memorable writer characters, and vote down the ones that don't quite make the cut. Make sure to add in any missing characters, too.

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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Jack Torrance The Shining

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

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

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Charlie Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Charlie Kaufman Adaptation

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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Virginia Woolf The Hours

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Paul Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Paul Sheldon Misery

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Bob Woodward is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Bob Woodward All the President's Men

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Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Truman Capote Capote

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Paul Varjak is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Paul Varjak Breakfast at Tiffany's

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T.S. Garp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
T.S. Garp The World According to Garp

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Margot Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Margot Tenenbaum The Royal Tenenbaums

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Nick Carraway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Nick Carraway The Great Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

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Eli Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Eli Cash The Royal Tenenbaums

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Marty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Marty Seven Psychopaths

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Joe Gillis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Joe Gillis Sunset Boulevard

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Joan Wilder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Joan Wilder Romancing the Stone

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Gil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Gil Midnight in Paris

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Holly Martins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Holly Martins The Third Man

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Riggan Thomson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Riggan Thomson Birdman

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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Ed Wood Ed Wood

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Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film

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Christy Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Christy Brown My Left Foot

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Mort Rainey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Mort Rainey Secret Window

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Jesse Wallace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Jesse Wallace Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Before Sunrise

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Andrea Sachs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Andrea Sachs The Devil Wears Prada

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Felix Unger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Felix Unger The Odd Couple II, The Odd Couple

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Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Oscar Madison The Odd Couple II, The Odd Couple: Together Again, The Odd Couple

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Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Barton Fink Barton Fink

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Lance Clayton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Lance Clayton World's Greatest Dad

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Andy Farmer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Andy Farmer Funny Farm

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Susan Orlean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Susan Orlean Adaptation

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Sidney Bruhl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Sidney Bruhl Deathtrap

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Jamie Bennett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Uncle Jamie Love Actually

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Alvy Singer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Alvy Singer Annie Hall

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Amadeus

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Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Tabitha Birdman

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Henry Chinaski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
clash1977 added Henry Chinaski Barfly

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Ira Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Ira Wright Funny People

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Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Guy Swimming with Sharks

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Antonio Salieri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Antonio Salieri Amadeus

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Sarah Morton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Sarah Morton Swimming Pool

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Don Birnam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Don Birnam The Lost Weekend

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Prof. Grady Tripp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Writer Characters in Film
Prof. Grady Tripp Wonder Boys