Want to know what the 10 Best Movies about Writing are? This list is a collection of ten films that are, in a significant way, about writing. Writing is the basis for the creation of any movie, feature-length or short, and therefore it is only natural that there would be some really amazing films about writing itself, in some way.
Movies about writing can be tightly or loosely tied to the practice of writing, in the general sense, and though some of the films used in this list might be considered a stretch to be linked to writing, any reader should see their overall pertinence to the subject.
- “The Shining”, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based off of the Stephen King novel, exemplifies the great triumph over writer’s block. It is easily the best movie about writing on this list. This horrific tale of isolation in a remote and haunted hotel trumps the efforts of and creates a constant struggle for the protagonist Jack, played by Jack Nicholson, to write a novel during his winter overseeing the place. Though the bloody visions of his son are bone chilling and interesting, the strife within Jack’s own mind as he continues a psychological scraping to accomplish his writing in a creepy setting, amidst an endless supply of paper and booze, makes this move thrilling. It begs the question, what is worse: being locked in a totally isolated haunted hotel or having writer’s block unhinge the mind in such a place as your family watches on in terror?
- “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy might appear to be far from being about writing, but anyone who watched the director’s extended edition of “The Fellowship of the Ring” will remember Bilbo Baggins at the start of the film carefully recording the lifestyle and description of hobbits. The three films, adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, are quite simply a played out history of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ books; the hobbits carefully wrote out the end of the third age of Middle Earth down, and so the movies are very much about writing the history of a land that is long gone.
- “The Ninth Gate” is a Roman Polanski flick about one particularly peculiar piece of writing. It would appear that the Prince of Darkness himself collaborated on a seventeenth century book titled “The Ninth Gate of the Kingdom of Shadows.” Johnny Depp’s character is drawn into a net of suspense, as the secrets of the rare writings are laid bare.
- “Breakfast of Champions” is a film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's book centered around a disgruntled, cynical and awful science fiction writer, named Kilgore Trout, whose writings goe on to directly change the world in abnormal ways. This movie is hilarious!
- “Watchmen” is a movie based on the writing genius of Alan Moore. The extended cut showcases parts of the actual writings of the graphic novel throughout. The film reflects the inevitable horror-like end to many of the people in that world.
- “Wag the Dog” is a hilariously accurate depiction of just how and what a movie producer must do to get what he wants done. In this case, it is to create and broadcast a fake war to help reelect the current president.
- “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s hit book, and throughout the flick Harry is writing and conversing with a possessed-like journal until the book takes over.
- “V For Vendetta” is another masterpiece of Alan Moore's brought to the big screen. This thrilling tale of terrorism, philosophy and human rights leans on deep writing throughout.
- “Dead Poets Society” is a fantastic look at poetry influencing young minds at school. Robin Williams plays the English professor.
- “As Good As It Gets” is a lively look at an author, played by Jack Nicholson, with obsessive-compulsive disorder (O.C.D.) and an angry disposition toward most others in life, and how he changes for the better.