Journalism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant journalism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, clever, interesting, dramatic, talky and serious films and TV shows about / with journalism, media, dialogue, journalist, storytelling, mentor, brutality, culture clash, catastrophe and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
journalism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as journalism: Spotlight (2015), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Nightcrawler (2014), Nothing But the Truth (2008), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), City of God (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Hunting Party (2007), The Paper (1994), All the President's Men (1976).

List of journalism movies

Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, psychological, talky, tense, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, catholicism, conspiracy, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, child abuse, lawyer, twists & turns, moral ambiguity, newspaper ...
Time: year 1976, year 2002, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: journalism, embassy, politics, romance, revolution, dwarf, civil war, love affair, falling in love, political unrest, media, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: indonesia, asia, australia, southeast asia
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Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, realistic, disturbing, suspense, intense ...
Plot: journalism, neo noir, sociopath, ambition, obsession, anti-hero, losing-it hero, cynicism, journalist, deception, character study, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, courtroom drama, cia agent, assassination attempt, lawyer, reporter, newspaper, judge, arrest, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, captivating, atmospheric, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, journalism, american dream, on the road, escapades, hallucinations, drugs, road trip, culture clash, eccentricity, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, rape, poverty, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Devil Wears Prada is about a young journalist who moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss however is extremely demanding and cruel and won’t let her succeed if she doesn’t fit into the high class elegant look of their ...
Style: witty, emotional, realistic, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fashion, fish out of water, workplace intrigue, boss and employee, obnoxious boss, relationship vs career, city life, journalism, media satire, journalist, workplace situations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, talky, cynical ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, hotel, danger, war, friendship, civil war, war crime, tunnel, muslim, reward ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia herzegovina, new york ...
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The Paper (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, ...
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, media, murder, columnist, workaholic, workplace, media satire, research, success, relationship vs career, workplace situations, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, president, journalist, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Style: witty, talky, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: journalism, writing, lawyer, drug use, hitchhiker, writer's life, drugs/alcohol, rock, on the road, drug abuse, gonzo, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: usa, las vegas
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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: talky, clever, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, politics, president, scandal, lie, loneliness, tv show, politician, journalist, head of state, usa president ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1974
Place: california, usa, sydney australia, australia, washington d.c. ...
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, civil war, politics, war, photojournalist, journalist, civil rights movement, war correspondent, dictatorship, dictator, crimes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: talky, serious, captivating, realistic, based on true events ...
Plot: journalism, murder, gay, writer's life, magazine, death, death row, literature, warden, hanging, diary, execution ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, year 1960 ...
Place: kansas, usa, alabama, turkey, spain ...
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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. Based on Toby Young's memoir "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People".
Style: humorous, funny, satirical, light, intellectual ...
Plot: starlet, journalism, celebrity culture, romance, showbiz, workplace situations, rise to the top, workplace romance, fish out of water, love affair, ambition, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, embassy, civil war, war, escape attempt, post war, communism, friendship, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, murder, investigation, police, drug lord, drug dealing, crime, gangsters, ira, tragic hero, price of justice, uncover truth ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
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Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement with its owner Mr. Montelli, decides to charge of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, politics, murder, manipulations, college, mystery, false accusation, political unrest, media, rebellion, society, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: italy, milan italy
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The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: computers and web, journalism, internet, rebelliousness, journalist, politics, whistleblower, war crime, against the rules, activist, uncover truth, idealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010, year 2007, 2000s ...
Place: europe, kenya, middle east, pentagon, afghanistan ...
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: It's the 1970s, and San Diego super-sexist anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.
Style: humorous, not serious, stylized, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: journalism, sexism, farce, panda, newsroom, gang warfare, misogynist, tv show in film, ladder, parody, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Complicity (2000)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Local journalist, Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have some motives. His brutal murders are also committed on behalf of the underdog. The stories begin to merge ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: journalism, serial killer, murder, protagonist as suspect, gory, investigation, police investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, frame up, political corruption, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
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Brass Eye (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Controversial spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK.
Style: alternative comedy, humorous, not serious, biting, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, interview, celebrity, controversy, british, fake news report, celebrity culture, parody, media satire, media, tv show, campaign ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
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Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, paranoia, investigation, journalist, crimes, code, who done it, law enforcement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1971 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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Broadcast News (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. ...
Style: clever, witty, realistic, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, journalism, workaholic, romance, unlikely couple, journalist, workplace romance, media satire, tv show, love and romance, media, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, adventure, obsessive quest, journalism, journalist, rebel, rescue, gem, rape, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, cape town south africa, zimbabwe ...
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Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping-a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can't quite get her foot in the door-until ...
Style: feel good, humorous, romantic, funny, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: shopping, rise to the top, addiction, love and romance, fashion, temptation, city life, overnight success, workplace romance, journalism, ambition, journal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
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Interview (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.
Style: clever, semi serious, psychological, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, interview, journalist, wound, betrayal, politics, pregnancy, paparazzi, diary, loser, actress, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, usa, new york, bosnia ...
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The Second Civil War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, semi serious, witty, dark humor ...
Plot: politics, journalism, white house, civil war, illegal immigration, terrorism, translator, immigrants, betrayal, chaos and mayhem, culture clash, media satire ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: idaho, middle east, usa, pakistan, texas ...
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The Rum Diary (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden ...
Style: talky, stylized, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, alcohol, journalist, cockfight, voodoo, carnival, protest, fire breathing, vomiting, rum, drunkenness ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, year 1960, 1950s
Place: puerto rico, caribbean, latin america
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An advice columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana (Bebe Neuwirth), loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man ...
Style: humorous, feel good, romantic, sweet, light ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: unlikely couple, couple relations, love and romance, battle of the sexes, bet, journalist, love story, fall in love, initially antagonists, couples, wooing, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, hawaii ...
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