Writers and the Writing Life

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1. Dreamchild (1985)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (the book's inspiration) as an old woman ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Caris Corfman

Votes: 1,383 | Gross: $1.22M

2. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 169,452 | Gross: $22.25M

3. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 44,436 | Gross: $2.54M

4. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

Janet Frame was a brilliant child who, as a teen, was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. Explore Janet's discovery of the world and her life in Europe as her books are published to acclaim.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 6,206 | Gross: $1.05M

5. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 46,345 | Gross: $6.00M

6. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 107,571 | Gross: $6.15M

7. The World According to Garp (1982)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

Votes: 24,028 | Gross: $29.71M

8. The Player (1992)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 51,317 | Gross: $21.71M

9. 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: 16,246 | Gross: $25.84M

10. Poetic Justice (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry

Votes: 11,816 | Gross: $27.52M

11. Paperback Romance (1994)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

Sophie, a writer of racy romance novels, is working on one of her stories in the library, when Eddie overhears her. Sophie, embarrassed by her paralyzed leg from childhood polio, spurns his... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Robyn Nevin

Votes: 364 | Gross: $0.12M

12. Tom & Viv (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris, Tim Dutton

Votes: 1,482 | Gross: $0.54M

13. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 47,795 | Gross: $50.08M

14. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 4,125 | Gross: $2.14M

15. Delta of Venus (1995)

R | 102 min | Drama

A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Audie England, Costas Mandylor, Eric da Silva, Raven Snow

Votes: 1,737 | Gross: $0.06M

16. The Flower of My Secret (1995)

R | 103 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Leo writes trashy romance novels under a pseudonym but as she struggles in her relationship with her husband, she finds her output becoming darker.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 9,764 | Gross: $1.16M

17. The Whole Wide World (1996)

PG | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger, Ann Wedgeworth, Harve Presnell

Votes: 3,277 | Gross: $0.14M

18. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Roth Haberle

Votes: 40,741 | Gross: $10.69M

19. Henry Fool (1997)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Maria Porter

Votes: 6,698 | Gross: $1.34M

20. A Murder of Crows (1998)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 7,248

21. Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 17,655 | Gross: $6.20M

22. Slam (1998)

R | 100 min | Drama

Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Lawrence Wilson

Votes: 2,180 | Gross: $0.98M

23. The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man, to the dismay of those close to her.

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Peter Fonda

Votes: 1,411

24. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

Votes: 79,734 | Gross: $55.47M

25. The Best Man (1999)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 8,767 | Gross: $34.10M

26. The Muse (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

With his career on the skids, a Hollywood screenwriter enlists the aid of a modern-day muse, who proves to test his patience.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 10,206 | Gross: $11.61M

27. 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: 23,213 | Gross: $4.22M

28. Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

R | 104 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Around 1940, The New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character, who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund, and who is writing a... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Sarah Hyland

Votes: 1,435 | Gross: $0.64M

29. Pandaemonium (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Linus Roache, John Hannah, Samantha Morton, Emily Woof

Votes: 761

30. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

Votes: 59,655 | Gross: $19.39M

31. 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: 80,234 | Gross: $66.40M

32. Isn't She Great (2000)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

34 Metascore

An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce

Votes: 2,222 | Gross: $2.96M

33. Piñero (2001)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

40 Metascore

Miguel Pinero's creative and turbulent life was cut short at the age of forty. A Tony Award nominee who did time at Sing-Sing, a volatile urban poet whose work is recognized as a precursor to rap and hip-hop, and a writer of hit TV shows.

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito, Talisa Soto, Nelson Vasquez

Votes: 1,261 | Gross: $1.42M

34. Iris (I) (2001)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Votes: 16,719 | Gross: $1.29M

35. The Shipping News (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama

47 Metascore

An emotionally beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 31,274 | Gross: $11.43M

36. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Director: Sharon Maguire | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 214,382 | Gross: $71.54M

37. Storytelling (2001)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Maria Thayer

Votes: 16,695 | Gross: $0.91M

38. How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

A sarcastic playwright in LA gets new neighbors - single mom and 8 y.o. girl. His wife wants kids and babysits the girl. He doesn't want kids yet plays with her to find out how children talk - for his play. Paternal instincts?

Director: Michael Kalesniko | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright, Suzi Hofrichter, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 3,379 | Gross: $0.05M

39. Orange County (2002)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Bret Harrison

Votes: 45,713 | Gross: $41.03M

40. Alex & Emma (2003)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

32 Metascore

A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, David Paymer, Sophie Marceau

Votes: 12,711 | Gross: $14.21M

41. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

73 Metascore

The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 32,143 | Gross: $2.22M

42. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 262,311 | Gross: $148.48M

43. Sylvia (2003)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Story of the relationship between poets Edward James "Ted" Hughes (Daniel Craig) and Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Lucy Davenport, David Birkin

Votes: 10,038 | Gross: $1.30M

44. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 106,841 | Gross: $124.73M

45. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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

52 Metascore

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 44,676 | Gross: $43.61M

46. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7