After reading “The Paris Wife,” which I think should be made into a movie, and then watching “The Hours” on Netflix the other day, I began thinking about movies that have writing themes. I never tire of watching “Finding Forrester,” and I liked “Adaptation,” “The Words,” and “The Shining.”
Then I searched online for movies about writing and a few more titles came up that made me question my ability to recall information. There they were, two of my favorites: “Wonder Boys” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” I love both of those movies for completely different reasons, and yet they had slipped my mind.
So I searched a few more lists, and was reminded of “Barfly,” about Charles Bukowski’s sometimes rough and difficult life, “Misery,” another Stephen King entry, “Bullets Over Broadway” by Woody Allen, and “Miss Potter,” a sweet love story about Beatrix Potter. I think your brain might explode if you watched “Barfly” and “Miss Potter” on the same day.
Other movies I wasn’t familiar with included “Quill,” which chronicles the Marquis de Sade’s confinement to a mental institution, and the lengths to which he went in order to write, and “Gothic,” about the circumstances surrounding the creation of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein.”
So excuse me for now, I’m heading over to Netflix to watch a movie or two. How about you? What are your favorite movies about writers or writing?
Here are some links to websites that feature lists of movies about writing: