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, suspense, interesting, talky and dramatic films and TV shows about / with journalism, journalist, runaway, mentor, media, dialogue, storytelling, reporter, corruption and greed plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
journalism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as journalism: Spotlight (2015), Nightcrawler (2014), Nothing But the Truth (2008), All the President's Men (1976), The Insider (1999), Snowden (2016), The Killing Fields (1984), Frost/Nixon (2008), The Post (2017), Shattered Glass (2003).

List of journalism movies

Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
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, thought provoking, twists and turns, psychological, tense ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, investigative journalism, lawyer, conspiracy, sexual abuse, catholicism, child abuse, pedophilia, newspaper, catholic church, cover up ...
Time: year 2001, year 2002, september 11 2001, year 1976
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england, florida
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Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 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: neo noir, psychological, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, character study, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, deception, home invasion, morality, tv news, graphic violence, crime scene ...
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
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: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, tricky, psychological ...
Plot: journalism, cia, lawyer, reporter, courtroom drama, media, journalist, corruption, courtroom, espionage, murder, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: 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: political, realistic, cerebral, thought provoking, factual ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: journalism, politics, newspaper, political conspiracy, white house, investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, journalist, political intrigue, investigative journalism, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
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The Insider (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: cerebral, suspense, political, tense, talky ...
Plot: journalism, corruption, whistleblower, business, courtroom, conspiracy, politics, lawyer, reporter, media, greed, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., mississippi, south carolina, iran, new york
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, clever, factual, political ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, internet, hacking, whistleblower, journalism, surveillance, moral dilemma, cia, spy, idealism, cryptography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2015, year 2012 ...
Place: hong kong, geneva switzerland, japan, usa, russia ...
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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, disturbing, emotional, tense, political ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, vietnam war, photographer, war, communism, violence, brutality, khmer rouge, friendship, anti war, escape attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1984
Place: cambodia, vietnam, iraq, asia, new york
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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
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: clever, political, sincere, tense, tricky ...
Plot: journalism, politics, president, loneliness, reporter, scandal, power struggle, mind game, uncover truth, character study, lie, secret ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1974, 20th century
Place: california, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia ...
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: political, inspirational, thought provoking, exciting, factual ...
Plot: journalism, expose, newspaper office, vietnam war, cover up, lie, truth, newspaper, wartime, journalist, new york times, freedom of the press ...
Time: year 1965, 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1966 ...
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa
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Shattered Glass (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Fact-based 2003 drama about the young journalist Stephen Glass, who got a job at The New Republic in 1995 and for three years fabricated at least half of the stories he wrote.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, enigmatic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, workplace, ambition, workaholic, research, suspicion, career, character study, self discovery, desire for fame, writers, whistleblower ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., haiti
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Almost Famous (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater – fronted by lead guitar ...
Style: road movie, feel good, realistic, sentimental, semi autobiographical ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, journalism, on the road, music, rock and roll, rock, drugs, musician, musician's life, rock music, rock band, teenager ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, phoenix arizona ...
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The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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: thought provoking, tense, political, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, computers and web, politics, internet, whistleblower, uncover truth, against the rules, rebelliousness, hacking, computer, hacker, propaganda ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, 2000s, year 2010 ...
Place: europe, washington d.c., stockholm sweden, middle east, iceland ...
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Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: political, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, reporter, journalist, drug smuggling, media manipulation, politics, u.s. government, investigation, cia, investigative reporter, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: california, los angeles, iran, usa, nicaragua ...
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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: romantic, witty, clever, funny, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: fashion, women, journalism, career woman, strong female character, city life, workplace intrigue, fashion industry, workplace situations, ambitious woman, relationship vs career, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: new york, paris france, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, political ...
Plot: political conspiracy, journalism, conspiracy, politics, newspaper, corruption, reporter, assassination, spy, crimes, investigation, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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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, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, newspaper editor, workaholic, satire, husband wife relationship, media, paranoia, workplace, ambition, introspection, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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: political, thought provoking, sexy, atmospheric, dramatic ...
Plot: journalism, embassy, politics, journalist, diplomat, civil war, romance, revolution, photographer, newspaper, poverty, communism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: indonesia, australia, the philippines, asia, southeast asia
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Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, mystery, crimes, maniac, paranoia, uncover truth, journalism, mind game, police ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1991 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
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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: surreal, psychedelic, atmospheric, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, drugs, road trip, hallucination, addiction, american dream, journalism, surrealism, psychedelia, marijuana, cocaine ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1971
Place: las vegas, usa
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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: parody, funny, humorous, not serious, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: journalism, workplace, sexism, farce, stupidity, satire, rivalry, friendship, new job, nervous breakdown, battle of the sexes, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, san diego california
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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: suspense, intense, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, gangsters, murder, investigation, strong female character, crimes, justice, corruption, drug lord, police, drug dealing, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, amsterdam, new jersey ...
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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: intellectual, captivating, dark, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: writers, prison, journalism, loneliness, crimes, literature, murder, manipulation, investigation, murderer, friendship, gay ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1960, year 1959, 20th century
Place: kansas, usa, new orleans, turkey, europe ...
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Rosewater (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: suspense, brutal, suspenseful, twists and turns, macabre ...
Plot: prison, journalism, reporter, torture, violent, brutality, investigation, adaptation, captivity, life is a bitch, false accusation, solitary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
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The Newsroom (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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Story: A behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss, the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of ...
Style: clever, realistic, sincere, political, serious ...
Plot: journalism, journalist, tv news, ethics, politics, intelligence, news, against the rules, ambitious, power of media, rebellion, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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The Front Page (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.
Style: talky, light, humorous, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, reporter, journalist, media, friends, crimes, workplace, media satire, workplace situations, satire, social satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: political, disturbing, inspirational, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, media, fighting the system, television, cold war, mccarthyism, propaganda, patriotism, society, workplace, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: california, washington d.c., new york, usa, ussr ...
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The Onion Movie (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Venerable newscaster Norm Archer reports the latest news in politics, health, culture and entertainment - such as an automotive recall of decapitation-inducing "Neckbelts" and a study finding that "depression hits losers ...
Style: parody, funny, absurd, humorous, satirical ...
Plot: journalism, satire, terrorism, television, office, politics, racism, stereotypes, journalist, absurdism, media, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: talky, realistic, funny, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: journalism, love triangle, romance, workplace romance, friendship, workaholic, tv news, unlikely friendships, tv show, media, journalist, slutty attitude ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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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: suspense, tense, political, harsh, factual ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, war, photojournalist, politics, military, dictator, war correspondent, cold war, revolution, fighting the system, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, south america, central america
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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: stylized, light, sexy, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, cockfight, newspaper, writers, journalist, adaptation, eccentricity, gangsters, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, addiction, satire ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1960, 20th century, 70s
Place: caribbean, puerto rico, latin america, new jersey
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