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Welcome to The Screenwriting Spark’s Ultimate Movie Guide!

Below you’ll find the very best movies about passionate screenwriters and the craft of screenwriting!  This guide also includes movies about writing/writers, screenwriting documentaries, short films & more.  I’ve also included movie recommendations from around the web plus quick links to download your favorite screenplays!

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MOVIES ABOUT SCREENWRITING

BARTON FINK

(Drama 1991) A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis

FIND BARTON FINK HERE

ADAPTATION

(Drama 2002) A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Written by: Charlie Kaufman
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

FIND ADAPTATION HERE

SUNSET BOULEVARD

(Drama 1950) A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Written by: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman Jr.
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis

FIND SUNSET BOULEVARD HERE

SCREENWRITING / WRITING MOVIES

Adaptation (2002 – Watch The Trailer)

Almost Famous (2000 – Watch The Trailer)

Barton Fink (1991 – Watch The Trailer)

Bowfinger (1999 – Watch The Trailer)

Boy Meets Girl (1938 – Watch A Clip)

Capote (2005 – Watch The Trailer)

Deathtrap (1982 – Watch The Trailer)

Deconstructing Harry (1997 – Watch The Trailer)

Factotum (2005 – Watch The Trailer)

Finding Forester (2000 – Watch The Trailer)

Get Shorty (1995 – Watch The Trailer)

Hannah And Her Sisters (1986 – Watch The Trailer)

Henry Fool (1997 – Watch The Trailer)

In A Lonely Place (1950 – Watch The Trailer)

Leaving Las Vegas (1995 – Watch The Trailer)

Loitering With Intent (2014 – Watch The Trailer)

Midnight In Paris (2011 – Watch The Trailer)

Misery (1990 – Watch The Trailer)

My Brilliant Career (1979 – Watch The Trailer)

Paris When it Sizzles (1964 – Watch The Trailer)

Permanent Midnight (1980 – Watch The Trailer)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987 – Watch The Trailer)

Secret Window (2004 – Watch The Trailer)

Shakespeare In Love (1998 – Watch The Trailer)

Sideways (2004 – Watch The Trailer)

Sunset Boulevard (1950 – Watch The Trailer)

Susan Slept Here (1954 – Watch Clip)

The Big Picture (1989 – Watch Clip)

The Dying Gaul (2005 – Watch The Trailer)

The Front (1976 – Watch The Trailer)

The Muse (1999 – Watch The Trailer)

The Player (1992 – Watch The Trailer)

The Rewrite (2015 – Watch The Trailer)

The Singing Detective (1986 & 2003 Watch The Trailer)

The TV Set (2006 – Watch The Trailer)

Wonder Boys (2000 – Watch The Trailer)

MOVIES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCREENWRITERS

WATCH MOVIES! READ SCREENPLAYS!

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