10 great films about journalism

From the funny to the tragic, here are movies every reporter—and PR professional—should see (and possibly own).

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A Mighty Heart (2007)

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl went missing in Pakistan after he was supposed to interview an Islamic fundamentalist. His pregnant wife, Mariane Pearl, also a journalist, embarks on a search to find her husband.

The story is sensationalized in film, but it’s a great reminder of the risks and sacrifices some brave journalists face to bring us the news. Although there was no Oscar love for this film, Angelina Jolie was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Mariane Pearl.

Ace in the Hole (1951)

I wouldn’t have thought of this one, but I’m glad the people who follow @Journalistics on Twitter delivered. “Ace in the Hole” stars Kirk Douglas as a down and out reporter at an Albuquerque newspaper who finally gets his big chance to report on a story for national newspapers. Things get out of control as Douglas’ character works to restart his career around this once-in-a-lifetime story. This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay in 1952.

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