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Being an artist and writer myself, I often gravitate towards movies about artists and writers. I always feel such an inspiring sense of connection to the character’s creative plight, their unique journey to success and their passion for the craft. With that notion, I have created this list– hoping to inspire my fellow writers in the same way.

So far I have found 85 great titles, but I’m always adding more… working towards 100. I do hope you will enjoy these movies as much as I have. If you know of any that I’ve missed here, please feel free to comment below. Hmmmm Now, which one to watch??

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1. Miss Potter (Renee Zellweger) **

2. Shakespeare in Love (Joseph Fiennes)**

3. Finding Neverland (Johnny Depp) **

4. The Muse (Steven Phillips)

5. Finding Forrester (Sean Connery)

6. Magic Beyond Words (J.K. Rowling) **

7. Becoming Jane (Anne Hathaway)**

8. The Hours (Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep)

9. Wonder boys (Robert Downey jr., Michael Douglas)

10. Dream Child (Ian Home, Coral Browne)**

11. Author! Author! (Al Pachino)

12. Adaptation (Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep)

13. Naked Lunch ( Ian Home, Judy Davis)

14. Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle (Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow)

15. Impromptu (Hugh Grant, Judy Davis)

16. Sylvia (Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig)**

17. Total Eclipse ( Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis)

18. Manhattan ( Woody Allen, Diane Keatin, Meryl Streep)

19. American Splendor (Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar)

20. Swimming Pool (Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance)

21. Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening)

22. Kill Your Darlings ( Daniel Radcliff, Dane DeHann, Michael Hall)

23. Prick Up Your Ears (Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina)

24. Bright Star (Ben Wishaw, Abbie Cornish) **

25. Young Adult (Charlize Thelon, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt)

26. Certified Copy (Juliette Binoche, William Shimell)

27. The Shining (Jack Nicholson)

28. My Brilliant Career (Judy Davis, Sam Neill)

29. Barton fink (John Torturro, John Goodman)

30. Adult World (Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack)

31. Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams)

32. Iris (Kate Winslet, Judi Dench)

33. The Door in the Floor (Kim Bassinger, Jeff Bridges)

34. Misery (Kathy Bates, James Caan)

35. Starting Out in the Evening ( Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose)

36. The Magic of Belle Isle (Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen)

37. Dead Poets Society (Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke)

38. Authors Anonymous (Chris Klein, Kaley, Cuoco)

39. The Help (Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain)

40. Not another Happy Ending (Karen Gillan, Stanley Webber) **

41. The Decoy Bride (David Tenant, Kelly MacDonald)

42. Fireflies In The Garden (Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds)

43. Freedom Writers (Hillary Swank, Patrick Dempsey)

44. The Ghost Writer (Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan)

45. Squid and the Whale (Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels)

46. Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Demi Moore)

47. Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener)

48. She Devil (Rosanne Barr, Meryl Streep, Ed Begley)**

49. Shattered Glass (Hayden Christiansen, Steve Zahn, Hank Azaria)

50. Wilde (Jude Law, Stephen Fry)

51. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham)

52. Tumbledown (Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeokis)**

53. Maggie’s plan (Julliane Moore, Ethan Hawke)

54. Sinister (Ethan Hawke) **

55. Deathtrap (Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve)

56. Henry Fool (Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan)

57. Barfly (Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Frank Stallone)

58. Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep, Hal Holbrook)

59. Before Sunset (Ethan Hawke)

60. The World According To Garp (Robin Williams, Glenn Close)

61. An Angel At My Table (Kerry Fox)

62. Reprise ( Victoria Winge, Espen Klouman Hoiner)

63. HappyThankYouMorePlease (Josh Radnor, Kate Mara)

64. The Jane Austin Book Club (Hugh Dancy, Emily Blunt)**

65. The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones)

66. Paper Man (Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels)

67. This Beautiful Fantastic (Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine)

68. The Rewrite (Hugh Grant, Marissa Tomei)

69. On The Road (Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund)

70. Under the Tuscan Sun (Diane Lane, Sandra Oh)**

71. 5 to 7 (Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby)

72. Farmhouse (Steven Weber, William Lee Scott)

73. Goodbye Christopher Robin (Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald, Stephen Campbell) **

74. Genius (Colin Firth, Jude law, Nicole Kidman) **

75. Crimson Peak (starts off focused on a writer, but ultimately the theme of the film is the ghost story)

76. The Durrells in Corfu ** (British family life set in 1935, Corfu. A TV series based on the writer, Gerald Durrel’s, three autobiographical books about his family’s time in Corfu)

77. The man who invented Christmas (about Charles Dickens)

78. Down With Love (Renee Zellweger + all-star cast)

79. Their finest (2017 Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy)

80. Seven psychopaths ( Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish)

81. The Words ( Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons)

82. Shadows in the sun (Claire Forlani, Joshua Jackson)

83. Austenland (Keri Russell, JJ Field)

84. Sideways (Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen)

85. Anything else (Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Woody Allen)

86. The Good Witch (Season 2 episode 4) This one isn’t a movie obviously, but it was very inspirational. Especially the scene where she gives the writer’s journal.

These are all great movies, but the ones with ** are my favorites 🖤