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1. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A cover-up spanning four U.S. Presidents pushes the country's first female newspaper publisher and her editor to join an unprecedented battle between press and government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 135,308 | Gross: $81.90M

2. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 102,370 | Gross: $70.60M

3. Up Close & Personal (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in television journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 13,431 | Gross: $51.09M

4. Veronica Guerin (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 19,124 | Gross: $1.57M

5. Truth (2015)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

Director: James Vanderbilt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss

Votes: 18,851 | Gross: $2.54M

6. Margaret Bourke-White (1989 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

Biographical account of pioneering photographer's career.

Director: Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Frederic Forrest, David Huddleston, Jay Patterson

Votes: 86

7. The Paper (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

New York City tabloid editor Henry's faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 12,997 | Gross: $38.82M

8. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 418,651 | Gross: $45.06M

9. To Die For (1995)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck

Votes: 43,590 | Gross: $21.28M

10. Bombshell (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Votes: 87,330

11. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 251,972 | Gross: $32.53M

12. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 125,067 | Gross: $28.75M

13. Get a Clue (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

A wealthy student with too much fashion sense, her equally rich friends, and her rival/superior from the school paper work together to solve the case when their teacher goes missing.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Bug Hall, Ian Gomez, Brenda Song

Votes: 5,934

14. 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: 33,302 | Gross: $2.22M

15. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 329,779 | Gross: $85.29M

16. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

With the 1970s behind them, San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York City's first twenty-four-hour news channel by storm.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell

Votes: 168,604 | Gross: $127.35M

17. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 94,001 | Gross: $31.50M

18. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 463,577 | Gross: $33.08M

19. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 463,852 | Gross: $32.38M

20. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job.

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Julia Ormond

Votes: 5,612 | Gross: $17.66M

21. True Story (I) (2015)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 63,687 | Gross: $4.72M

22. A Private War (2018)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

75 Metascore

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Rosamund Pike, Alexandra Moen, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay

Votes: 16,501 | Gross: $1.63M

23. Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Thriller

A young journalist looks behind the curtain of a nearby mental hospital, only to uncover the grim and gruesome acts they bestow upon their "patients".

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Christina Ricci, Judith Light, Josh Bowman, Anja Savcic

Votes: 1,061

24. The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she's trying to break. Adapted from Joan Didion's namesake novel.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 12,439



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