Best 15 movies about writers

Today we will talk about films based on the biographies of writers, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, as well as films, with fictional, but very true stories about the relationship between writers, publishers, literary slaves and plagiarists.

Many of the writers of the “lost generation” were revealed to the world by Gertrude Stein, and resources like continue to explore and explain their contributions. This was the period of modernism in the visual arts, architecture, literature. The ‘stream of consciousness’ opened the inner world of the heroes, and modernist movements in the visual arts and architecture of the early 20th century allow directors and cameramen to create a very attractive visual image in films.

Therefore, the top ten of my personal rating of films about writers included representatives of modernism and the ‘lost generation’. I know that  for many readers this topic will be so interesting, but one note is to be an artist it’s a great work and if for you it’s hard to write something – it’s not a problem, you can use any research paper help

Let’s talk about movies!


1. Genius, 2016

A film directed by Michael Grandage, The story of the uneasy friendship of two very talented people: the writer Thomas Wolfe, the representative of the ‘lost generation’ and the publisher Max Perkins, who opened the world to such great novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The biographical book by A. Scott Berg “Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius”, based on which the film was shot, was published in 1978 and two years later won the prestigious National Book Award.

Starring: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney.

One of the best films about writers and just a good film about the uneasy relationship between two geniuses. Anyone who writes even a small blog should watch it.


2. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, 1994

A film directed by Alan Rudolph about the life of Dorothy Parker and members of the famous Algonquin Roundtable, which included writers, actors and critics. They met almost every weekday from 1919 to 1929 at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan.

The title credits for the film include 30 actors playing historical characters. As Dorothy Parker, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.On first meeting, Rudolph was surprised by her physical resemblance to Parker and was impressed by her knowledge of the jazz era.

The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh for a Golden Globe.

Alan Rudolph has already painted the life of bohemians in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century in the film Modernists, where a vicious circle gathered in the salon of Gertrude Stein.


3. Hemingway & Gellhorn, 2012

American television film directed by HBO.

Directed by Philip Kaufman, (director of the masterpieces “Henry and June” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”). Actors Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman received Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance in a Television Film.

“The main enemy of love is boredom” The marriage of Ernest and Martha was short-lived. The film begins in 1936 in a Florida bar, where Hemingway and Gellhorn first met. By that time he was already a famous writer, she is one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. Their five-year marriage began with a trip to Spain, where the 1936-1939 civil war was raging. Gellhorn became the first wife to file for divorce, and also inspired Hemingway to write the most famous novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Search the net. The film is interesting both for the history itself and its modern reading.


4. The Garden of Eden, 2010

A film adaptation by director John Irwin of Ernest Hemingway’s second posthumously released novel, published in 1986. Beginning in 1946, Hemingway worked on the manuscript for the next 15 years. During this time, he also wrote “The Old Man and the Sea”, “Dangerous Summer”, “The Holiday That Is Always With You” and “Islands in the Ocean”. Hemingway’s biographers consider the novel to be partly autobiographical, the story began during Hemingway’s honeymoon with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, shortly after his divorce from Hadley Richardson.

The events of the film take place in the so-called jazz era in the 1920s. This story is about the American writer David Bourne, who went to live in Paris after the war, where he meets and falls under the spell of the seductive Katrina, a wealthy young woman who wants to get as much thrill out of life as possible. They seem to be playing a deeply erotic romance that eventually turns into something dangerous and punishing.


5. Jours tranquilles à Clichy, 1990

The film directed by Claude Chabrol is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Henry Miller. Category 18+. There are more sex scenes in the film than ‘stream of consciousness’, although the rhythm and mood of the film matches the novels of Henry Miller.

“He repeated:“ I have no money, no hope. I am the happiest person in the world. ” And laughed, laughed … “, – recalled the photographer Brassai (Gyula Halash), about the Parisian life of Henry Miller.


6. Henry & June, 1990

Hollywood biopic directed by Philip Kaufman based on the book of the same name (Henry & June) by French writer Anais Nin, which tells about her relationship with the writer Henry Miller and his wife June. The atmosphere of bohemian Paris in the early 1930s, Young writer Anais Nin meets Henry Miller. At this time, an unknown American writer is working on the novel Tropic of Cancer, while Anais writes her famous sex diaries and discusses them with a psychoanalyst. Henry’s wife June arrives in Paris. The non-trivial love triangle was only in the film. “My attraction to June never materialized, so I developed it in my imagination, in a novel,” Anais wrote in her diary. The erotic tango of Uma Thurman and Maria de Medeiros preceded the more famous tango of Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida (2002).

The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.

Starring Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros,

After the release of the film “Henry and June” Uma Thurman received the unspoken title of “sex symbol for intellectuals.”


7. Capote, 2005

A historical drama directed by Bennett Miller about several years of the life of the American novelist Truman Capote. The film premiered on September 30, 2005, on Truman Capote’s birthday.

Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for his role as Truman Capote. Capote is Miller’s directorial debut in feature films. The film was nominated in 4 more categories: Best Director and Best Film of the Year, Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Best Adapted Screenplay.


8. Infamous, 2006

Film-biography directed by Douglas McGrath, dedicated to the history of the creation of the book “Murder in cold blood” by the writer Truman Capote

London Film Critics Collection Award – Best Actor (Toby Jones).


9. Rebel in the Rye, 2017

American biographical drama directed by Danny Strong, based on Kenneth Slavensky’s novel J. D. Salinger. Walking through the rye. ” The film is about how Columbia University student Jerome Salinger copied Holden Caulfield, the hero of student stories and the greatest American novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Literal translation of the title of the film “Rebel in the Rye – Rebel in the Rye”

The story of how Holden Caulfield, the hero of The Catcher in the Rye, cult for many generations, was born, and how its author – Jerome Salinger – became America’s greatest writer who chose an amazing destiny.

Nicholas Hoult as Salinger Kevin Spacey as Whit Burnett, professor at Columbia University, editor of Story magazine and mentor to the young Salinger, who convinced an ambitious student that a character like Holden Caulfield was worthy of not only short stories, but also big things.


10. Miss Potter, 2006

Biographical drama, UK, USA, 2006. Starring Renee Zellweger.

Based on true events, the film follows the life of Beatrix Potter, an English children’s writer of the late 19th century, who devoted her entire life to drawing and writing children’s books. She comes to a book publisher, where she offers her book for printing. The inexperienced Norman Warne is undertaking this project, but despite this the book is a great success. Inspired by a thriving business, Beatrice Potter and Norman Warne realize that they love each other, and Mr. Warne proposes to Beatrice. However, her parents are against and put forward their demands.


11. Kafka, 1991

A film by Steven Soderbergh based on the life and work of Franz Kafka.

An employee of the insurance company Kafka (Jeremy Irons) leads a quiet, calm life. After a friend disappears, he becomes a member of the underground organization responsible for the bombings throughout the city. The plot clearly shows references to the biography of Kafka himself, intertwined with the plot of the novels “The Castle” and “The Trial”.


12. Nora, 2000

Biographical film about the writer’s wife. Director: Pat Murphy. Actors: Susan Lynch, Andrew Scott, Vinnie McCabe, Veronica Duffy, Ewan McGregor.

A bit sad, but bright, the story of the acquaintance of a young writer, unknown James Joyce, standing on the edge of world fame, and his future wife, a poor young Irish woman. In 1904, he took her to Italy right from the doorstep of the hotel where she was a maid, and from that moment their romance began, at times reaching the highest intensity of passion … Nora became Joyce’s wife and the prototype of Molly Bloom. In 2000, Susan Lynch won the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for her performance as Nora Barnacle.


13. Saving Mr. Banks, 2013

2013 American-British-Australian biopic directed by John Lee Hancock, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as writer Pamela Lyndon Travers.

The film is based on a true story about the 1964 film Mary Poppins. The story of Walt Disney’s difficult negotiations with writer Pamela Lyndon and the creation of the classic Disney feature film Mary Poppins. For about 20 years, he persuaded the author of books about the beloved nanny of all children to give him permission to make a film about Mary Poppins, but she was adamant. Finally, in 1961, he manages to organize Travers’ two-week trip to Los Angeles, during which he tries to involve her in preparatory work on the film with screenwriter Don DaGrady (Bradley Whitford) and the Sherman brothers, music creators Richard (Jason Schwartzman) and Robert (Benjamin Novak).

Emma Thompson received the National Council of Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.


14. Isn’t She Great, 2000

A film directed by Andrew Bergman about the life of Jacqueline Suzanne (Bette Midler).

She wrote her first bestseller Valley of the Dolls at almost fifty (1966). For many years she fought with breast cancer, at this time and began to write “Valley of the Dolls”, which in 1966 brought her worldwide fame. The book sold out in millions of copies and was recognized as the best-selling novel in history. A strong character, ebullient energy and a loving husband helped Jacqueline move from an unknown loser to the category of world stars.

Andrew Bergman Ph.D., he did not repeat the success of his great namesake in the cinema. The film is not a masterpiece, but the story is interesting!


15. Colette, 2018

A biographical drama directed by Wash Westmoland based on the life of the French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, written in collaboration with Richard Glatzer and Rebecca Linkiewicz.

Colette, a young provincial woman, marries a metropolitan writer, and does not even notice how she becomes his “literary slave.” She writes autobiographical books for him about the girl Claudine and, while her husband spends money on games and other women, begins to explore her own sexuality. History shows how Colette (Keira Knightley) is gradually transforming from a shy provincial to a socialite – largely thanks to, and in many ways in spite of, her husband, the writer Willie (Dominic West). Knightley’s heroine goes through an amazing transformation and changes not only externally, but also internally. Soon she ceases to look at her husband with admiration and takes fate into her own hands.

The film’s director Wash Westmoland worked on the Oscar-winning drama Still Alice for Julianne Moore.

Keira Knightley as French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is amazingly good and convincing.