12 Movies About Writers We Love

By Daniel Ford

Sure, you could spend this rainy day in the Northeast brooding about how your short story is going nowhere (it’s not just me, right?) or you could enjoy one of these movies featuring writers struggling with their craft.

You’re right, that’s a grim choice. But these films are still great. Feel free to share your favorite movies about writers in the comments section or tweet us @WritersBone.


Admit it, part of you wishes you had a fan this dedicated to your work.

Midnight in Paris


Wonder Boys

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Before Sunset

Every entry in Richard Linklater’s “Before” series is beautifully written and acted, but the second installment features the star-crossed Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy at their best. They run into each other in Paris, long after Delpy character doesn’t show up to meet Hawke at the train station following their chance meeting on a European trip. Hawke's character becomes a writer, of course, and is promoting his novel based on their experience. The pair had chemistry in the first movie, but with the addition of their character’s disappointment and what-if angst, they burn the screen down in this one.

I really hope this guy didn’t write this story within a pop song idea. It sounds terrible.

One Fine Day

It’s because of this movie that I wanted my face on a city bus. Young Daniel had a lot to learn about the newspaper business.

Also, this flick features great New York City porn.

Almost Famous

“Be honest and unmerciful.”

Finding Neverland

Failure does wonders for boosting creativity.


Truman Capote would have broken social media.


He doesn’t like talking about his novel or drinking Merlot. Noted.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

I reference this movie at least once a day. Usually it’s because I’ve been talking to myself.

The Shining

This is the way Stephanie Schaefer reacts to my work.


If this doesn’t happen to you every morning, you aren’t doing it right.

Ace in the Hole

$250 a week! Sold!

“If there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog.” Genius.