Journalists in Film: 8 Great Movies About the Reporters Behind the News
Journalism as a career is a favorite subject for filmmakers. The job involves investigating, traveling, and creativity, all in the name of finding “the truth,” whatever that may be. This list includes a wide variety of movies all about journalists. Whether they’re interning for a local magazine, inventing a new style of journalism, busting political scandals, or traveling with rock and roll bands, these characters show us various depictions of what it’s like to be a journalist. So if you’re an aspiring reporter or you just find the career interesting, here’s a list of movies about the writers behind the news.
1. All the President’s Men
All the President’s Men is perhaps the seminal film about the seminal journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate scandal while working for the Washington Post. Woodward and Bernstein are played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively, in the political thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula, which is based on the nonfiction book of the same name written by Woodward and Bernstein about the incident. Woodward is a new reporter first assigned to cover a minor break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters and — with the help of partner Bernstein and an anonymous government source named “Deep Throat” — unfurls the case into the huge scandal that lead to the first presidential resignation. Thanks to the work of Woodward and Bernstein, President Richard Nixon was revealed as a paranoid criminal and now is known as one of the most hated presidents ever to serve in the Oval Office.