BEST JOURNALISM MOVIES
“Citizen Kane” (1941) The enigma of “Rosebud” is just one of many classic elements of Orson Welles’ saga of a tyrannical publisher, rightfully one of the most acclaimed attractions in movie history.
“Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) One of the nastiest – and that’s a compliment in this case – movies yet made, this searing drama has the aroma of New York nightlife as a desperate publicist (Tony Curtis) seeks the favor of, and favors from, a powerful and unforgiving columnist (Burt Lancaster).
“All the President’s Men” (1976) The Oscar-winning dramatization of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein’s (Dustin Hoffman) probe of the Watergate break-in remains every bit as compelling as when the film first was seen almost 45 years ago ... when it was in close proximity to the real events it depicts.
“Absence of Malice” (1981) An innocent man (Paul Newman) craftily turns the tables on those who have targeted him for investigation, including an ambitious reporter (Sally Field) and a brigade of local politicians, in director Sydney Pollack’s excellent drama.
“The Year of Living Dangerously” (1982) Unrest in mid-1960s Indonesia is covered by an Australian journalist (Mel Gibson) who becomes involved with an embassy official (Sigourney Weaver) and a somewhat mystical local (Oscar winner Linda Hunt) in this fine film from director Peter Weir.
“The Insider” (1999) Michael Mann’s great, somewhat underrated drama boasts top-notch performances by Russell Crowe as a tobacco-industry whistleblower and Al Pacino as “60 Minutes” producing veteran Lowell Bergman, who fought to bring the man’s story to public attention.
“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (2005) George Clooney, both the director and a co-star here, very effectively revisits the battle between newsman Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn, who conveys Murrow’s famous bowed-head image perfectly) and communist-seeking politician Joseph McCarthy.
“Spotlight” (2015) Oscar’s best picture for its year, this true drama of a Boston investigative-journalism unit’s fact-finding on the sex abuse committed by a shocking number of priests offers a superb cast led by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery.
“Absence of Malice”
“All the President’s Men”