Journo Films

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of films about journalism or featuring journalists as prominent characters. If I’ve missed any, please let me know.

My nerdy project: I am trying to watch every film ever made about journalism and determine what lessons a journalist can take from the film. I will consider any feature length film or feature length documentary. TV movies and TV documentaries do not count. If the film is a bout a journalist, or contains a prominent character who is a journalist then I will consider it. If the film contains a fairly large sub-plot about journalism then it will also count.

As I watch each film I will review it and talk about what a journalist can learn from the film. The films underlined in blue link to my review.

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Absence of Malice (1981)

Ace in the Hole (1951)

The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981)

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Almost Famous (2000)

Anchorman (2004)

The Bang Bang Club (2010)

The Battle For Anzio (1968)

Beware the Gonzo (2010)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2009)

Breaking News (2004)

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Broadcast News (1987)

Buy the ticket, take the ride (2006)

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Capote (2005)

The China Syndrome (1979)

City of God (2002)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Contagion (2011)

Continental Divide (1981)

Control Room (2004)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Deadline USA (1952)

Defence of the Realm (1986)

Desk Set (1957)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Edison (2005)

Etat de Siege (1972)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Final Edition (2009)

Fletch (1989)

Fletch Lives (1985)

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

The Front Page (1974)

Frost/Nixon (2008)

The Ghost Writer (2010)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Goodnight and Good Luck (2005)

Groundhog Day (1993)

The Help (2011)

High Society (1956)

His Girl Friday (1940)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

The Hunting Party (2007)

I Cover the Waterfront (1933)

I Love Trouble (1994)

Infamous (2006)

The Insider (1999)

Interview With the Vampire (1994)

It Happened One Night (1934)

Keeper of the Flame (1942)

The Killing Fields (1984)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Libeled Lady (1936)

The Life of David Gale (2003)

Live From Baghdad (2002)

Mad City (1997)

The Manster (1959)

Manufacturing Consent (1992)

Marley & Me (2008)

The Mean Season (1985)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2011)

A Mighty Heart (2007)

The Millennium Trilogy (2009)

Morning Glory (2010)

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

Nashville (1975)

Network (1976)

Newsies (1992)

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

One Fine Day (1996)

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

Page 3 (2005)

The Paper (1994)

The Paperboy (2012)

Parallax View (1974)

Park Row (1952)

Penny Serenade (1941)

Perfect (1985)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The Ploughman’s Lunch (1983)

Press for Time (1966)

Professione: Reporter (1975)

The Quiet American (2002)

The Quiet American (1958)

Read Window (1954)

[Rec] (2007)

Reds (1981)

The Ring (2002)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Rosebud (1975)

The Rum Diary (2011)

Salvador (1986)

Scoop (2006)

The September Issue (2009)

Sex and the City (2008)

Shadows of Liberty (2012)

Shattered Glass (2003)

The Shipping News (2001)

Shock Corridor (1963)

Shooting Robert King (2009)

The Soloist (2009)

The Spiderman Films (2002-2007)

Special Bulletin (1983)

State of Play (2009)

The Superman Films (1978-2013)

The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Switching Channels (1988)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Teacher’s Pet (1958)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Torchy Blane films (1937-1939)

Under Fire (1983)

Up Close and Personal (1996)

Veronica Guerin (2003)

Videodrome (1983)

Wag the Dog (1997)

War Photographer (2001)

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013)

While the City Sleeps (1956)

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Winchell (1998)

Woman of the Year (1942)

The Women (2008)

The Women (1939)

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (1991)

Zodiac (2007)

TOTAL: 10/137


The Company You Keep

The Fifth Estate



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