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Journalism on Film

by Catherine Krummey
Here it is, for better or worse (in alphabetical order). Alongside my canon of romantic comedies, this is the most integral movie list in my life. Top 10 Films About Journalism 1. Almost Famous 2. Citizen Kane 3. All the President’s Men 4. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 5. Good Night, and Good Luck. 6. His Girl Friday 7. Network 8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 10. Never Been Kissed I included both films about journalism and films where at least one lead character is a journalist. I did limit this to only movies I’ve seen. Missing from The Auteurs’ database: Bannerline (1951, dir.… Read more

Here it is, for better or worse (in alphabetical order).

Alongside my canon of romantic comedies, this is the most integral movie list in my life.

Top 10 Films About Journalism

1. Almost Famous
2. Citizen Kane
3. All the President’s Men
4. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
5. Good Night, and Good Luck.
6. His Girl Friday
7. Network
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
10. Never Been Kissed

I included both films about journalism and films where at least one lead character is a journalist. I did limit this to only movies I’ve seen.

Missing from The Auteurs’ database: Bannerline (1951, dir. Don Weis), Here Comes Carter (1936, dir. William Clemens), Jailbreak (1936, dir. Nick Grinde), My Dear Miss Aldrich (1947, dir. George B. Seitz), New York in the Fifties (2001), News Hounds (1947, dir. William Beaudine), Tell No Tales (1939, dir. Leslie Fenton) and An Unlikely Weapon (2008).

Films I need to see: -30- (1959), Alice in the Cities (1974), All Over Town (1949), Balibo (2009), The Battle of Solferino (2013), Beyond Re-Animator (2003), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), The Big Clock (1948), Black Emanuelle (1975), Bordertown (2006), Britannia Hospital (1982), Call Northside 777 (1948), The Carter Case (1942), The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971), Circle of Deceit (1981), ComDads (1983), Confirm or Deny (1941), Continental Divide (1981), Control Room (2004), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Deep Red (1975), Defence of the Realm (1985), Delirious (2006), Elles (2011), Fatherland (2011), A Flash of Green (1984), The Fourth Estate (1985), Front Page Story (1953), Harrison’s Flowers (2000), High Heels (1991), Home Town Story (1951), Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami (2012), House of Cards (1990), I Live in Danger (1942), Inside Story (1939), Interview (2003), It Happens Every Thursday (1953), The Journalist (1979), Judith Therpauve (1978), The Killing Fields (1984), The Lawless (1950), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), The Lost World (1925), Love Is News (1937), Mad City (1997), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Mean Season (1985), Missing (1982), Moby Dick (2011), The New Watchdogs (2011), News Hounds (1946), The Night Stalker (1972), The Night Strangler (1973), Not for Publication (1984), Once We Grow Up (2000), The Osterman Weekend (1983), The Paper (2007), The Parallax View (1972), The Passenger (1975), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), The Power of the Press (1928), The Public Eye (1992), Quid Pro Quo (2008), Redacted (2007), Resurrecting the Champ (2007), Scandal (1956), Scandal Sheet (1931), Scandal Sheet (1939), Scandal Sheet (1952), Shakedown (1950), Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971), Slap the Monster on Page One (1972), A Special Day (1977), Star Reporter (1939), The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), Street of Missing Men (1939), Switching Channels (1988), Teacher’s Pet (1958), That Wonderful Urge (1948), A Thousand Billion Dollars (1982), Tout va bien (1972), The Toy (1976), Traps (1994), Triage (2009), True Crime (1999), The Tunnel (2011), Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004), Under Fire (1983), Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (2011), Unholy Partners (1941), Up in Central Park (1948), War Photographer (2001), War and Truth (2007), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), When the Heavens Fell (1972), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Wrong Is Right (1982) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).

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