The newly released The French dispatch shed light on the newspaper industry, being a love letter to The New Yorker and investigative journalism in general. But as great as the colorful film is, many other classic films about the newspaper and publishing industry have been released over the decades.
The French dispatch sits smack in the middle of the biggest movies related to posting, according to IMDb. It received lower ratings when the film was first released in Europe, but ironically, despite being based in France, audiences in the United States like the Wes Anderson-directed film a lot more.
ten The Paper (1994) – 6.7
The newspaper industry is one of the busiest places to work, as journalists work tirelessly to get their stories to printers on time. While it has a comedic side, no other movie portrays the grueling environment like The paper, which takes place over a 24 hour period at the fictitious room New York Sun.
While it wasn’t as well-liked by the general public, it has been praised endlessly by critics, but that may have something to do with how they relate to the film so much. It is also the first of a couple of great performances from Michael Keaton, as he stars in both The paper and Projector.
9 Absence of Malice (1981) – 6.9
Absence of malice doesn’t get enough attention, as it’s a staple not only for viewers who want to see investigative journalism, but it’s also a gripping drama and neo-noir thriller. The title refers to the defense against libel by libel in that the defense has the right to know harmful personal information.
The movie isn’t that realistic, as the reporter in the movie does some things that no self-respecting reporter would ever do, but it’s still hugely entertaining. There are many similarities between Absence of malice and the most popular All the president’s men, and all the vivid dialogues and procedural inquiry format are equally compelling.
8 Broken Glass (2003) – 7.1
Hayden Christensen does not have a great reputation due to his leading roles in the Star wars prequel trilogy. But he’s in so many great movies that are unfairly overlooked, and Broken glass is one of many. The film follows a journalist who fabricates his scandalous stories to become more popular.
The film also stars Rosario Dawson, and with Christensen and Dawson’s chemistry so strong, they’ll be reunited in the upcoming Disney +. Star wars series, Ahsoka. The actor will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker, and Dawson couldn’t be more excited about it.
7 The Post (2017) – 7.2
It is almost as if there has been an increase in the popularity of films based on investigative journalism after the award-winning film. Projector, like The post office followed soon after. Corn The post office is much more ambitious, as it is directed by Stephen Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. However, it does prove that a renowned director and two of the biggest movie stars in the world isn’t always a winning recipe, because that doesn’t touch the captivating perfectly paced 2015 film.
But there are still things to love about the movie. The film is about The Washington Post attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, and that still makes it exciting what would have been a mundane routine. Not only that, but it’s a great period drama and it features one of Spielberg’s best opening shots.
6 The first page (1974) – 7.3
Where films on newspapers and publications are usually quite serious, as they are usually thrilling presentations, The first page is much lighter. The film marks the fifth and penultimate collaboration between director and actor duo Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon, and it is one of their most entrenched.
The film follows a journalist who covers his last criminal story before his retirement, about a man on death row. It is based on a 1929 play, and although it has been adapted numerous times for television and film, The first page is best of all.
5 The French Dispatch (2021) – 7.5
The French dispatch is the most recent film on the newspaper industry, and it is the most interesting because, although it is not based on a true story, it is based on a fictional version of The New Yorker. It’s not just about the newspaper industry, but The French dispatch is also a great anthology movie, as each story follows the work of different journalists on fictional versions of the infamous New Yorker articles.
The cartoon-style film hasn’t been released for a long time, but the overall response is generally positive and has been called a love letter to journalism. Although it has been criticized for Anderson indulging too much in his trademark style, like using different film formats depending on the time period, and each shot being so perfectly symmetrical.
4 Zodiac (2007) – 7.7
It may seem strange that Zodiac is one of the best movies about the newspaper industry because it’s a real-life zodiac killer crime thriller. But it was the Chronicle of San Francisco who received figures from the killer, and it was the newspaper’s cartoonist, Robert Graysmith, who deciphered them. Graysmith did as much work trying to find the killer as the police did.
The film does an excellent and precise job of depicting the events of what happened, and Zodiac is now considered a classic. Between the procedural way it establishes each clue and the distinct high-definition aspect of the film, the 2007 film is one of the greatest thrillers of the 21st century and one of the best newspaper films of all time.
3 All the President’s Men (1976) – 8.0
All the president’s men is the best-known political biopic, as it depicts the Watergate scandal under the Nixon administration. Just like The post office, the 1976 film is another film focused on The Washington Post tries to bring the real facts to its readers.
In addition to being exhilarating and intense, The president’s men presents the best and most observant portrait of investigative journalists ever filmed. For this reason, the film is considered a classic and is one of the most important American films of the 1970s.
2 Spotlight (2015) – 8.1
Even if it doesn’t sound like it, as the cast of the all-star ensemble perfectly captures the tensions of trying to expose the Catholic Church for its child sexual abuse, Projector has become a modern classic. Spotlight is a special investigative team for the Boston Globe, and the 2003 story was their greatest triumph.
Despite its delicate subject matter, the film was a triumph and it is Mark Ruffalo’s best film of the 2010s. It could have been the first in a series of anthology films on the Projector team, because they won the Pulitzer Prizes for speaking out against political patronage in Massachusetts in 1972 and mismanagement of public transportation in 1980. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
1 Citizen Kane (1941) – 8.3
Citizen Kane is a perfect movie for so many reasons. From the incredible establishment plan at the start to the revealing of the meaning of the word “Rosebud” at the very end, the film is iconic. But on top of that, the film centers around the title character, a publishing mogul who had so much power over the tabloids.
The character is even based on real-life media barons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, the latter of whom gave his name to the Pulitzer Prize. There are a hundred different reasons to watch the masterpiece, and the journalistic aspect of the film is just one of them.
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