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.

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. And check back as I am always adding more to the list!

P.s. I’m still working my way through watching all of these. So, the ones in bold print are the ones I’ve actually watched. And the ones with asterisks are my favorites**

  • 5 to 7 (Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby)
  • A castle for Christmas (Brooke Shields) **
  • Adaptation (Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep)
  • Adult World (Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack)
  • Agatha (with Dustin Hoffman)
  • Anything else (Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Woody Allen)
  • American Splendor (Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar)
  • A novel Romance (Steve Gutenberg)
  • An Angel At My Table (Kerry Fox)
  • Ask the dust (Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek)
  • Austenland (Keri Russell, JJ Field)
  • Authors Anonymous (Chris Klein, Kaley, Cuoco) **
  • Author! Author! (Al Pachino)
  • Barton fink (John Torturro, John Goodman)
  • Barfly (Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Frank Stallone)
  • Becoming Jane (Anne Hathaway)**
  • Before Sunset (Ethan Hawke)
  • Best Sellers (Aubrey Plaza & Michael Caine) ****
  • Black Marigolds (Noah Bean, Rachel Boston)
  • Book Week (Alan Dukes, Airlie Dodds, Susan Prior)
  • Bored to Death (TV show)
  • Bright Star (Ben Wishaw, Abbie Cornish) **
  • Byron : TV series about Lord Byron
  • Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener)
  • Castle (tv series) **
  • Chronically Metropolitan 2016
  • Certified Copy (Juliette Binoche, William Shimell)
  • Coffee Shop (Rachael Hendrix, Laura Vandervoort, Cory M.Grant)
  • Colette (my new favorite with Kiera Knightly 😍)
  • Crimson Peak (starts off focused on a writer, but ultimately the theme of the film is the ghost story)**
  • Christopher Robin **
  • Dead Poets Society (Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke)
  • Deathtrap (Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve)
  • Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Demi Moore)
  • Down With Love (Renee Zellweger + all-star cast)**
  • Dostoevsky (2010) TV show /8 episodes
  • Dream Child (Coral Browne)**
  • Eat pray love **
  • Finding Neverland (Johnny Depp) **
  • Finding Forrester (Sean Connery)**
  • Fireflies In The Garden (Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds)
  • Fits and Starts
  • Freedom Writers (Hillary Swank, Patrick Dempsey)
  • Funny Farm **
  • Genius (Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman)****
  • Grace (Kate Kassidy, Tate Donovan, Matthew Lillard)
  • Great Welsh writers (documentary Roald Dahl)
  • Ghost writer (1989)
  • Hans Christian Andersen – My Life as a Fairytale (2003) – Biopic**
  • HappyThankYouMorePlease (Josh Radnor, Kate Mara)**
  • Henry Fool (Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan)
  • House
  • Howl (2010) – Allen Ginsberg
  • How to lose friends and alternate people (Simon Pegg as a British writer for a New York magazine)**
  • Impromptu (Hugh Grant, Judy Davis)
  • Iris (Kate Winslet, Judi Dench)
  • Jane The Virgin (TV series about a romance novelist)**
  • Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep, Hal Holbrook)
  • Just Write (1998)
  • Kill Your Darlings ( Daniel Radcliff, Dane DeHann, Michael Hall)
  • Last Call (about F. Scott Fitzgerald, starring Jeremy Irons and Neve Campbell)
  • Late Night (Emma Thompson,,Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow) 2019
  • Looking for the Hobbit (awesome 5 part documentary)**
  • Losing in Love
  • Love happens (Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart)
  • Magic Beyond Words (J.K. Rowling) ****
  • Maggie’s plan (Julliane Moore, Ethan Hawke)
  • Man about town (Ben Affleck)
  • Manhattan ( Woody Allen, Diane Keatin, Meryl Streep)
  • Marianne (2019 TV series / Spanish)
  • Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams)
  • Misery (Kathy Bates, James Caan)
  • Miss Potter (Renee Zellweger) **
  • My Brilliant Career (Judy Davis, Sam Neill)
  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham)
  • Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle (Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Naked Lunch ( Ian Home, Judy Davis)
  • Not another Happy Ending (Karen Gillan, Stanley Webber) **
  • On The Road (Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund)
  • Paper Man (Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels)
  • Playing It Cool (Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan)
  • Poison Pen
  • Prick Up Your Ears (Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina)
  • Reprise ( Victoria Winge, Espen Klouman Hoiner)
  • Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening)
  • Salem’s Lot (1979 David Soul)
  • Saving Mr. Banks **
  • Seven psychopaths ( Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish)
  • Sex and the city (TV series & movies)**
  • Shadowlands (1993) – C. S. Lewis
  • Shadows in the sun (Claire Forlani, Joshua Jackson)**
  • Shakespeare in Love (Joseph Fiennes)**
  • Shattered Glass (Hayden Christiansen, Steve Zahn, Hank Azaria)
  • She Devil (Rosanne Barr, Meryl Streep, Ed Begley)**
  • Shortcut to Happiness (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins)
  • Sideways (Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen)
  • Sinister (Ethan Hawke) **
  • Squid and the Whale (Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels)
  • Starting Out in the Evening ( Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose)
  • Stuck in love (Logan Lerman, Greg Kinnear)**
  • Sylvia (Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig)**
  • Swimming Pool (Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance)
  • Their finest (2017 Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy)
  • The Bookshop
  • The book thief (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) this one isn’t about writing, but about books and is so beautiful.**
  • The California Typewriter (Tom Hanks)
  • The Carrie Diaries (prequel to Sex and the City)**
  • The Decoy Bride (David Tenant, Kelly MacDonald)**
  • The Door (Helen Mirren) 2012
  • The Door in the Floor (Kim Bassinger, Jeff Bridges)
  • 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)
  • The Front Page (1974 Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon)
  • The girl in the book (Emily VanCamp)
  • The Ghost Writer (Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan)
  • 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.
  • The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society (based on novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)**
  • The Help (Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain 2011)
  • The Hours (Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep)
  • The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones)
  • The Jane Austin Book Club (Hugh Dancy, Emily Blunt)**
  • The longest week
  • The Magic of Belle Isle (Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen)
  • The man who invented Christmas (about Charles Dickens)**
  • The motorcycle diaries (Gael Garcia Bernal)
  • The Muse (Steven Phillips)**
  • The Rewrite (Hugh Grant, Marissa Tomei)
  • The Shining (Jack Nicholson)**
  • The shining (TV series)**
  • The whole wide world (about Robert E. Howard)
  • The Wife (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce)
  • The Words ( Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons)
  • The World According To Garp (Robin Williams, Glenn Close)
  • This Beautiful Fantastic (Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine)**
  • Tolkien (2019)**
  • Total Eclipse ( Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis)
  • To walk invisible : The Bronte Sisters (a very well-made pbs biopic)
  • Trumbo (Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane)
    Tumbledown (Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeokis)**
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Diane Lane, Sandra Oh)**
  • Valeria ***
  • We love you, Sally Carmichael
  • When the starlight ends (2015)
  • Wilde (Jude Law, Stephen Fry)
  • Wild (with Reese Witherspoon)
  • Wonder boys (Robert Downey jr., Michael Douglas)
  • Words and pictures (Juliet Binoche, Clive Owen, Bruce Davison)
  • Young Adult (Charlize Thelon, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt)

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