Lights, Camera, Pen

Unleash your creativity with movies for writers.

As an author, I love movies about writers. I connect with the main characters immediately, because I understand the crazy world they live in.

Here’s my list of ‘go-to’ movies for any writer:

Adaptation — comedy/drama

starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

American Dreamer — romantic comedy

starring Tom Conti, JoBeth Williams, and Giancarlo Ciannini

As Good As It Gets — comedy

starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The Boyfriend School — romantic comedy

starring Shelly Long, Steve Gutenburg

Castle — TV show

starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

Dan In Real Life — comedy

starring Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, and Emily Blunt

Dead Poets Society -drama

starring Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

Delirious — comedy

starring John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, and Raymond Burr

Finding Forrester — drama

starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown

Finding Neverland — fantasy

starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Funny Farm — comedy

starring Chevy Chase, Madeline Smith Osborne, and Joseph Maher

Her Alibi — comedy

starring Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, James Farentino, and Patrick Wayne

The Ghost Writer — thriller

starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan

The Lost City — comedy

starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Brad Pitt

The Majestic — comedy/drama

starring Jim Carrey, Martin Landau

The Man Who Invented Christmas — comedy/drama

starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer

Misery — thriller

starring James Caan, Kathy Bates

Murder She Wrote — TV show

starring Angela Lansbury

Romancing The Stone — romantic comedy

starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito

The Secret Window — thriller

starring Johnny Depp, Maria Bello

Sibling Rivalry — romantic comedy

starring Kirstie Alley, Sam Elliott, Bill Pullman, and Jami Gertz

Stranger Than Fiction — comedy

starring Will Farrell, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman

This Beautiful Fantastic — comedy

starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson

Throw Mama From the Train — comedy

starring Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, and Anne Ramsey

Under the Tuscan Sun — romantic comedy

starring Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, and Vincent Riotta

Of course, these are only a few of the amazing movies out there about writers. I would love to hear your favorites that we can add to this list!

Your friend, fellow writer, and lover of all things magical,

Sherry Briscoe

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