The 10 Most Inspiring Movies About Writing

Midnight in Paris

By Brenda Berg.

The writing industry has played such an important part in the Hollywood blockbuster industry. So many of our most treasured and inspirational films have revolved around the concept of writing and have, in turn, stolen the hearts of millions.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a tonne of terrible writers out there so, to help you narrow down the search, I’ve teamed up with the writers from UK Writings to bring you some of the best of the best!

Total Eclipse

Young Leonardo DiCaprio was always a hit when it starred in movies during the earlier stages of career, and Total Eclipse is no exception. A twist on a modern lover’s concept, DiCaprio dons the role of a teen poet that goes by the name of Arthur Rimbaud who falls in love with fellow actor Tom Verlaine, a forbidden love that creates both romance and tragedy.


Released in 1982, this classic is an epic rendition of Ira Levin’s classic play. In this version, Sidney Lumet beautifully creates the character of an elderly playwright who is working tirelessly for his hit to take him to stardom. When it invites one of his students to come and visit him in the country, mayhem and comedy ensue.


No inspirational writing movie list would be complete without Manhattan. This classic tale was suggested to me by the team at Viawriting, not only for the iconic opening scene of Central Park but for the epic tale that Woody Allen creates for characters in what is renowned as a movie masterpiece.

The Pillow Book

Renowned for being one of the ‘first’ books ever written, author Sei Shonagon’s classic revolves around the concept of humanity, and despite its age, it’s still completely relatable to today’s society and the kind of human nature you’d find today. The movie centres around a model who adores the written arts, such as poetry and calligraphy, in an elegant and beautifully produced tale.

Swimming Pool

When Charlotte Rampling, an aspiring author takes a lonesome trip up to an isolated French house for inspiration for her upcoming mystery novel, times change when a charming French drifter turns up at the door and havoc ensues. Without giving too much away, this movie why Kenneth Glaser from Ox Essays decided to pursue mystery writing!

Ruby Sparks

This is one of my personal favourites as it perfectly relates and conveys a dark commentary on modern day relationships and the essence of control and manipulation. The film is relatively heartwarming but contains some dark undertones when a mid-twenties writer is aiming for his next hit when it mysteriously creates the girl of his dreams.

Adult World

Many students who graduate from college come with the renditions that they’re going to be the next big hit, mostly clouded in either arrogance or naivety, a concept that’s perfectly conveyed in this hit movie. This classic is both funny and edgy and will have you hooked from start to finish.

Shakespeare in Love

This movie was suggested for my list by Tommy Byers, a writer for Paper Fellows, who claims that this film single-handedly inspired him to take up screenwriting. Tom Stoppard plays the star of the show, falling deeply in love with his muse played by Gwyneth Paltrow, an aspiring actress who can’t seem to find a break.

The Motorcycle Diaries

This epic tale follows Che Guevara before his political years where he was an aspiring medical student that motorcycled around South America. During his travels, he kept a diary of all the events that inspired him to take on his political career.

Midnight in Paris

Another blockbusting classic from Woody Allen to conclude my list and featuring an all-star cast including Gertrude Stein and Owen Wilson. The film centres around the aspiring writing group as they seek out new inspirations in the heart of Paris, often with hilarious and captivating results.

Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays, part-time educator and Editor in Chief at Ukwritings. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at

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