Not a lot of movies have tackled the subject or writing or book publishing. Of the few, there are some that stand out, though. These movies may not be Oscar winners, but they definitely bring a lot of flavor to the writing and book publishing community. In their own ways, they inspire authors to continue loving and doing their craft.


  1. Midnight in Paris

This film by Woody Allen is a romantic comedy with touches of fantasy. The best part of the movie is when Owen Wilson’s screenwriter character travels through time and meets his literary heroes. He travels to the 1920s at midnight, every day, and encounters great authors like Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald. He gets to converse with them, and Hemingway even offers to show the writer’s first novel to novelist Gertrude Stein. It’s an inspiring movie for authors who are trying to get their work published.


  1. Shakespeare in Love

This is a romantic British dramedy that features an imaginary love affair between Gwyneth Paltrow’s Viola de Lesseps and Joseph Fiennes’ William Shakespeare. The events take place as The Bard was trying to finish “Romeo and Juliet”. Viola becomes his muse and inspiration for finishing the story. Perfect for authors because, well, it’s William Shakespeare!


  1. Misery

This movie is based on the book of the same title written by Stephen King. It tells the story of Paul Sheldon (James Caan), a romantic novelist, and his biggest fan Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). Wilkes makes Sheldon her captive and forces him to write a story that continues his popular book series.


  1. Stranger Than Fiction

A fantasy comedy-drama, “Stranger Than Fiction” is headlined by Dustin Hoffman, Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Emma Thompson. It tells the story of Harold Crick, who hears a voice dictating his life to him as if it is part of a novel where the character dies. He tries his best to stop the ending from happening.

Four Movies That Inspire Authors