Movies about poets

List of the best movies about poets selected by visitors to our site: Neruda, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Poetry, Cyrano, My Love, Our Time, The Happy Prince, Blinded by the Light, mother!, Mary Shelley, Legend of the Demon Cat.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Neruda (2016)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryChile, Spain, France, Argentina, USA
CharactersPoets, Dogs, Horses
PlotDeath, Snow, Weapon

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has arrived in Chile. In the Congress, prominent Communist Senator and popular poet Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. The Chief of Investigative Police instructs inspector Óscar Peluchonneau to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to escape from the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced to go underground.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrecomedy, drama

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Poetry (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersTerminally ill, Poets, Grandparents
PlaceKorea, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Soulful, Fascinating, To cry

Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.

Cyrano, My Love (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrecomedy, drama, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersLosers, Writers, Poets
PlotRelationship, Love, On real events
PlaceParis, France, Hotels
Time19th century

Paris, France, December 1897. The young playwright Edmond Rostand feels like a failure. Inspiration has abandoned him. Married and father of two children, desperate and penniless, he persuades the great actor Constant Coquelin to perform the main role in his new play. But there is a problem: Coquelin wants to premiere it at Christmas and Edmond has not written a single word.

Our Time (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.9)
CountryMexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden
CharactersPoets, Family
PlotRelationship, Jealousy

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. Although in an open marriage, their relationship begins to crumble when Esther falls in love with an American horsebreaker and Juan is unable to control his jealousy.

The Happy Prince (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.2)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Germany
CharactersGay, Writers, Poets
PlotLove, Death
Time19th century

In 1895, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was the most famous writer in London, and Bosie Douglas, son of the notorious Marquess of Queensberry, was his lover. Accused and convicted of gross indecency, he was imprisoned for two years and subjected to hard labor. Once free, he abandons England to live in France, where he will spend his last years, haunted by memories of the past, poverty and immense sadness.

Blinded by the Light (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
PlotDancing, On real events

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

mother! (2017)
Mark5 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersFamily, Friends, Poets, Bees, Cannibals, Writers
PlotLove, Dancing, Death
StyleAction, Touching, Depressive, Disturbing, Creepy

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Mary Shelley (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Luxembourg, USA
CharactersPregnant, Family, Fathers, Poets, Sisters
PlotGhosts, Death, Creation, Jealousy, Love triangle, On real events
PlaceMansions, Scotland
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin resulted in the creation of an immortal novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.”

Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantasy, melodrama, detective, biography, history
CountryChina, Japan
CharactersDemons, Emperors, Cats, Poets
PlotDeath, Investigation, Supernatural, Mystery

During the Late Tang Dynasty, a manor is invaded by a demon cat and a sense of unrest befalls the capital of Changan. A poet is charged with investigating the case and meets up with a monk. The two work together and pull apart the thread of clues to reveal a history of truths leading to the events.

Upstart Crow (2016)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersWriters, Poets, Writers
Time16th century

Comedy about the life and times of William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, whilst also trying to balance life as a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A Quiet Passion (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Belgium, USA, Canada
CharactersPoets, Students, Lawyers, Hermits, Sisters, Maids, Pianists, Photographers, Singers
PlotDancing, Death, Religious, Slavery, Loneliness

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Leopardi (2014)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersPoets, Writers
PlotDeath, Religious, Volcanoes, On real events
PlaceItaly, Beach

A luminously beautiful biopic of the celebrated eighteenth-century Italian poet, essayist and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi, who created immortal verse whilst struggling with a debilitating illness.

Amour Fou (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryAustria, Luxembourg, Germany
CharactersPoets, Writers
PlotDepression, Love, Loneliness, On real events
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy

A "romantic comedy" based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.

The Butterfly's Dream (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CharactersTeachers, Friends, Poets, Poor
PlotLove, On real events
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Fascinating

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Enough Said (2013)
Mark3 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersPoets, Maids, Good people
StyleTouching, Smart, Soulful, To cry

Eva is a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act. Then she meets Marianne, the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest Albert — a sweet, funny and like-minded man. But things get complicated when Eva discovers that Albert is in fact the dreaded ex–husband of Marianne...

Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, melodrama, detective
CountryGermany, Luxembourg, Portugal
PlotRevolution, Investigation, Uprising, Loneliness
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Fascinating

Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. In search of the author, Gregorius acts as detective, pulling together pieces of a puzzle that involves political and emotional intrigue and the highest possible stakes. His voyage is one that transcends time and space, delving into the realms of history, medicine and love, all in search of true meaning to his life.

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.5)
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersPoets, Writers, Friends, Gay
PlotObsession, Mental disorders, On real events
StyleDepressive, Fascinating

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Adult World (2013)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersFriends, Poets
PlotRevenge, Depression, Shopping, Loneliness
PlaceSchool, College, Small cities
StyleTo cry

Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

The Color of Time (2012)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CharactersPoets, Writers
PlaceNew York
StyleTouching, To cry

A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life over the course of 40 years.