Wednesday, September 16, 2009

25 best on-screen writers

The following is a list of the 25 best film performances as wry writers, penniless playwrights, and relentless reporters. Enjoy!

25. Drew Barrymore as reporter Josie Geller in Never Been Kissed
24. Sam Waterston as reporter Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields
23. Patrick Fugit as reporter William Miller in Almost Famous
22. Kenneth Mars as screenwriter Franz Liebkind in The Producers
21. Miranda Richardson as reporter Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

20. Nicholas Cage as screenwriters Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation
19. Jack Lemmon as reporter Hildy Johnson in The Front Page
18. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as reporters
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in All the President's Men
17. Jude Law as reporter Dan in Closer
16. Robert Downey, Jr. as reporter Paul Avery in Zodiac

15. William Holden as screenwriter Joe Gillis in Sunset Blvd.
14. Dianne Wiest as screenwriter Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters
13. Meryl Streep as author Karen Blixen in Out of Africa
12. Ewan McGregor as playwright Christian in Moulin Rouge!
11. James Caan as author Paul Sheldon in Misery

10. Peter Sarsgaard as reporter Chuck Lane in Shattered Glass
9. Nicole Kidman as author Virginia Woolf in The Hours
8. Jack Nicholson as author Jack Torrance in The Shining
7. Clark Gable as reporter Peter Warne in It Happened One Night
6. Kathleen Turner as author Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone

5. Diane Keaton as playwright Erica Barry in Something's Gotta Give
4. Gregory Peck as reporter Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday
3. James Stewart as reporter Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story
2. Meryl Streep as author Susan Orlean in Adaptation
1. Jack Nicholson as author Melvin Udall in As Good As it Gets

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