What’s your favorite journalism movie?
That’s the question we asked on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Reddit, and then compiled your votes into a final list of favorites. We’ve published our own list before from senior media writer Tom Jones, but we wanted to hear from you.
Your favorite journalism movies run the gamut, across genres and decades. The reporters included the intrepid and the treacherous, what the profession can sink down to at its worst and what we hope can be our best.
Something that became obvious pretty quickly: We need a working definition of what is and isn’t a journalism movie. We’re choosing to go with movies where a character engaging in the practice of journalism is a driver of the plot. Apologies to Die Hard and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but we have to draw the line somewhere.
There’s a good amount of crossover between the two lists, but plenty of films that Poynter left off our list ended up on yours. And, plot twist: According to your votes, All the President’s Men doesn’t take the top spot.
25. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Young Australian foreign correspondent Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson)