Movie Filter : Newspapers
January 1, 2009 12:38 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for movies that prominently feature newspapers in their plot, Like that Jim Belushi movie whatever it was called. or even just in certain scenes like the beginning of Blade Runner and the USA Today from back to the future.
posted by Paleoindian to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Citizen Kane.
posted by comwiz at 12:40 AM on January 1, 2009 [2 favorites]

There's always The Paper.
posted by ORthey at 12:46 AM on January 1, 2009

Do movies about reporters getting a story count?

If so, see the Fletch movies.
posted by Nonce at 12:55 AM on January 1, 2009

I think the Fugitive and Minority Report both have scenes where a passenger recognizes Our (Respective) Heroes from their photos in the newspaper. Although the latter is a "space-age" digital newspaper. I dunno if those examples are too brief, and I'm sure there are tons of similar instances.

All the Presidents' Men? And I haven't seen it, but there's the '74 Wilder-Lemmon-Mathau film, The Front Page.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:11 AM on January 1, 2009

Does All the President's Men count? Zodiac? If you're ok with TV, then Season 5 of The Wire.
posted by Gyan at 1:13 AM on January 1, 2009

Best answer: Here's a good start:

Newspaper Movies

Great Newspaper Movies

Journalists In The Movies
posted by Gerard Sorme at 1:13 AM on January 1, 2009 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks everyone. This is great info!
posted by Paleoindian at 1:23 AM on January 1, 2009

One other thing.....NOIR CITY 7 is coming up in San Francisco Jan. 23 - Feb 1. The theme this year is Newspaper Noir. This classic film noir festival is always incredible. They have a good list of newspaper-themed film noir flicks at the NOIR CITY site.
posted by Gerard Sorme at 1:24 AM on January 1, 2009

Absence of Malice
posted by imjustsaying at 4:41 AM on January 1, 2009

Since somebody else already mentioned a TV show, Early Edition.
posted by mohrr at 5:09 AM on January 1, 2009

Roman Holiday
posted by coizero at 5:48 AM on January 1, 2009

Deserving of special mention for actually containing songs about Pulitzer and Hearst: Newsies
posted by hydropsyche at 5:52 AM on January 1, 2009

"He Said, She Said" and "Sleepless in Seattle." (Meg Ryan's character is a reporter at The Baltimore Sun.)
posted by Airhen at 6:19 AM on January 1, 2009

How about "The Hudsucker Proxy" ?
posted by G33k t0 th4 D at 6:21 AM on January 1, 2009

His Girl Friday and the various permutations of it.
posted by Gungho at 7:11 AM on January 1, 2009

posted by Scoo at 7:48 AM on January 1, 2009

Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole is a fantastic take on the whole media circus thing from the early 50s.
posted by mandal at 7:54 AM on January 1, 2009

YES! Newsies! Christian Bale before anyone knew who he was, and speaking in a NY accent to boot. One of the best musicals ever. Also:

The Pelican Brief

I Love Trouble
posted by junipero at 8:55 AM on January 1, 2009

Did you say it had to be a good movie? What about "Perfect", starring John Travolta as a Rolling Stones reporter facing profound ethical dilemmas? Sheer unintentional hilarity
posted by acrasis at 8:55 AM on January 1, 2009

Call Northside 777 (1948) with Jimmy Stewart.

From imdb's plot summary: "Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case."

Saw this years ago. I remember the climax involves a picture from front-page of the paper and using something like a fax machine (in 1948!) to get it to a courtroom in time.
posted by marsha56 at 9:58 AM on January 1, 2009

"While the City Sleeps" - Nasty Fritz Lang serial killer movie

"Blessed Event" - -Early talkie with Lee Tracy as a gossip columnist

"Sweet Smell of Success" - Clifford Odetts used a purple typewriter ribbon to write the screenplay of a thinly disguised Walter Winchell type columnist (at his peak, Winchell was as powerful as Oprah and as mean as Perez Hilton). Burt Lancaster plays J.J. Hunsucker (sp), the columnist who says, "I love this cesspool of a city" (1950s NYC, filmed on location). Tony Curtis plays Sidney ("avidly, avidly") Falco the publicist. The Citizen Kane of columnist movies.

"Park Row" - Samuel Fuller pulp film about the NYC version of Fleet Street
posted by doncoyote at 1:06 PM on January 1, 2009

The Harry Potter series has quite a few plotlines relying heavily on newspapers (mainly The Daily Prophet and the tabloid The Quibbler). I don't remember how heavily those are drawn upon in the movies as opposed to the books, but I'm sure they're there.
posted by NoraReed at 10:25 PM on January 1, 2009

The Day The Earth Caught Fire has a reporter character and was part-filmed in an actual newspaper office (The Express).

There's a famous scene towards the end with two different headlines set up for the next day's edition - 'Earth Saved!' / 'Earth Doomed!' - waiting for the result of the last attempt to rescue the planet
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:12 AM on January 2, 2009

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