Eight Fiction-based Movies about Journalism

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There are a lot of movies based on journalism that are based on true events or inspired by true events.

The Paper (1994)

This story all happens in one day at a newspaper. This was inspired by some events in New York City about young men being accused of murder. The case is still on going and the press doesn’t know if they really did anything. A bad spin of the story could jeopardize the young men getting a fair trial. This movie was made when printed news was the go-to source of information. The film has a great side story with a pregnant wife of one of the editors and a great cast to watch.

The Parallax View (1974)

A journalist finding out that there is a conspiracy about assassinating the U.S. president that is connected to the corporation Parallax Corporation. Many people turn up dead during his investigation. It stars Warren Beatty and Jack Warden. The paranoia is interesting to watch years later.

The Pelican Brief (1993)

A rarely spoken of thriller about anyone who learns about a top secret government paper ends up dying. It follows a fictional reporter from the Washington Post and an investigator who ends up discovering the brief. Since enough time as past about this movie, a first time viewing is possible without spoilers. This film is based on the John Grisham novel of the same name.

Citizen Kane (1941)

I once reviewed this movie on movies about media obsession. This movie is loosely based on media mogul John Hearst of Hearst Publishing. It explores his life from newspaper publishing to politics.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

This is a comedic movie about a news anchor in the 1970’s working with a woman and falling in love with career highs and lows. It sounds like a weak premise but it’s not. It’s actually funny. A lot of the comedy comes from the characters and looking back at a time period where macho men who had to remain tough at all times were adored.

The China Syndrome (1979)

Based off of the Three Mine Nuclear Plant disaster in the seventies that leaked radiation into the community. It could have been worst. It could have been a nuclear meltdown. This movie takes the events about this incident as inspiration for the plot. Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas work as a small team of journalists investigating the plant in their town for corruption.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

This is a fictional movie about the apocalypse in the 1960’s. This was a commentary about the cold war arms race that conjured up thoughts of nuclear annihilation. The end of the world happens when the Americans and the Russians test their nuclear arms at the same time and the Earth’s axis shifts out of normal rotation.

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I like writing movie lists of great films and obscure information about how colours influence modern society. I am a designer who designs for various mediums for clients daily. This is my design/movie blog that I do every once in a while.

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