Writers & Writing

by holyspacemonkey | created - 29 Mar 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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1. Possession (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

52 Metascore

A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 12,405 | Gross: $10.10M

2. The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990– )

TV-PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A storyteller in a labyrinth tells his dog the stories of Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Euridyce.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Brian Henson, David Greenaway, Frances Barber

Votes: 1,252

3. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,663 | Gross: $11.57M

4. Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years (2010)

56 min | Documentary, Biography

Dangerous Intimacy reveals how Mark Twain, after his wife's death, enjoyed the attentions of Isabel Lyon, his flirtatious and calculating secretary. With the help of Twain's assistant, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Altomonte | Stars: Bob Cudmore, Leer Leary

Votes: 6

5. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

Approved | 130 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The dramatized life of immortal humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, from his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River until his death in 1910 shortly after Halley's Comet returned.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Fredric March, Alexis Smith, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale

Votes: 936

6. The Last Station (2009)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 17,011 | Gross: $6.62M

7. Black Harbour (1996–1999)

Drama

Katherine and Nick return to her childhood home in Nova Scotia after her mother becomes ill. Nick is a struggling screenwriter while Katherine a partner in a successful Los Angeles eatery. ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Jenkins, Melanie Foley, Barrett Porter, Geraint Wyn Davies

Votes: 71

8. One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

Herbert Biberman struggles as a Hollywood writer and director blacklisted as one of The Hollywood Ten in the 1950s.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi, Ángela Molina, Christopher Fulford

Votes: 282

9. You Can't Buy Everything (1934)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Romance

Hannah is so tight with her money that she takes her son, Donnie, to the charity ward a week after he hurts his leg. But she has always hoarded her money since her late husband wasted most ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: May Robson, Jean Parker, Lewis Stone, Mary Forbes

Votes: 94

10. Happy End (2003)

98 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

Val is 23 years old and full of dreams. She travels to New York to become an actress. She is lonely in a strange country, in a strange city, with little money and no friends. In her path, ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Kollek | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Justin Theroux, Jennifer Tilly, Laila Robins

Votes: 1,245

11. The Leading Man (1996)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Thandie Newton

Votes: 1,368

12. Shadowlands (1993)

PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham from the U.S.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes, Roddy Maude-Roxby

Votes: 15,793 | Gross: $25.84M

13. South Riding (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

"Winifred Holtby realised that Local Government is not a dry affair of meetings and memoranda:- but 'the front-line defence thrown up by humanity against its common enemies of sickness, ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn, Ann Todd

Votes: 99

14. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovani Florido

Votes: 22,935 | Gross: $4.22M

15. Poet's London (1959 TV Short)

12 min | Short, Documentary

John Betjeman muses on the origins of his poetry in a bomb-scarred London, and performs some of his work.

Director: Ken Russell | Star: John Betjeman

16. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,920

17. Charlie Bubbles (1968)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A married writer has an affair with his secretary.

Director: Albert Finney | Stars: Albert Finney, Colin Blakely, Billie Whitelaw, Liza Minnelli

Votes: 557

18. Charlie Bubbles (1968)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A married writer has an affair with his secretary.

Director: Albert Finney | Stars: Albert Finney, Colin Blakely, Billie Whitelaw, Liza Minnelli

Votes: 557

19. Story of a Love Story (1973)

110 min | Drama

Harry is a married writer who has an affair with a woman whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dominique Sanda, Michel Auclair, Evans Evans

Votes: 94

20. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

59 Metascore

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

Votes: 11,652 | Gross: $5.90M

21. Nickelodeon (1976)

PG | 121 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith

Votes: 1,833

22. French Film (2008)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

A comedy about how French and English cultures differ in their attitudes on relationships.

Director: Jackie Oudney | Stars: Peter Agnelli, Adrian Annis, Benjamin Bellecour, Hugh Bonneville

Votes: 731

23. Funny Face (1957)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair

Votes: 24,257

24. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 9,781

25. Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, Janet Leigh, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,068

26. Black Like Me (1964)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin to experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South.

Director: Carl Lerner | Stars: James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Al Freeman Jr.

Votes: 598

27. Critic's Choice (1963)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy

Parker Ballantine is a New York theater critic and his wife writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Parker must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell, Rip Torn

Votes: 746

28. Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Mike White, John Baker

Votes: 10,394 | Gross: $0.11M

29. The Sky Is Falling (1999)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to... See full summary »

Director: Florrie Laurence | Stars: Dedee Pfeiffer, Laura Leighton, Teri Garr, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 308

30. Stay Cool (2009)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An author who returns to his hometown to deliver a commencement address to a class of graduating high school students has to deal with his feelings for an old flame as well as the advances of a student who has the hots for him.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff

Votes: 3,123

31. The Witches of Oz (2011– )

TV-14 | 167 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Dorothy Gale discovers that her best selling novels are actually based on suppressed childhood memories of her time in Oz, and that she may be in danger of experiencing it all over again.

Stars: Paulie Rojas Redding, Eliza Swenson, Billy Boyd, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 1,810

32. Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012)

PG | 101 min | Action, Family, Fantasy

Children's author Dorothy Gale makes a decent living continuing her grandfather's series of Oz books. When a new agent enters the scene, Dorothy moves to New York City. In the midst of a ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Paulie Rojas Redding, Eliza Swenson, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 392

33. Lady on a Train (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

In New York, a woman who partially witnesses a killing from a train window seeks the aid of a crime novelist to solve the murder.

Director: Charles David | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Edward Everett Horton, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 1,435

34. Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 364

35. Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 6,976

36. I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White, Harry Andrews

Votes: 831

37. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 152,850

38. Oscar Wilde (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

Playwright Oscar Wilde's homosexuality is exposed when he brings a libel action against his lover's father, leading to his own prosecution.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Robert Morley, Phyllis Calvert, Ralph Richardson, John Neville

Votes: 413

39. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,885 | Gross: $2.16M

41. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

At the height of his fame, Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is (correctly) believed to be a romantic relationship with Queensberry's son Lord Alfred Douglas ("... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 724

42. Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde (2004 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

Documentary celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde. 150 of Wilde's finest lines, epigrams and verses are spoken on camera by 150 public figures.

Director: Bill Hughes | Stars: Simon Williams, Jillian Armenante, Edward Asner, Mel B

Votes: 44

43. The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Author writes about his experiences sailing at sea, struggles to get his work published.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor, Evelyn Keyes, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 72

44. Slipstream (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

47 Metascore

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

Director: Anthony Hopkins | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Stella Hopkins, Christian Slater, John Turturro

Votes: 4,474 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 79,375 | Gross: $66.40M

46. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 208,282 | Gross: $40.14M