Movies about poets

List of the best movies about poets selected by visitors to our site: Saint Frances, Cyrano, My Love, Blinded by the Light, The Beach Bum, Our Time, The Happy Prince, Cold War, Badhaai Ho, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), mother!
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Saint Frances (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersLesbians, Teachers, Poets
PlotDivorce, Jealousy, Survival, Depression, Dancing, Hunger, Money, Computers, Loneliness
PlaceParty, Beach

At the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in affluent Evanston, Illinois — nannying a six-year old.

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.

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.

The Beach Bum (2019)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 5.5)
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersWriters, Cats, Poets, Musicians, Sharks, Geniuses, Snake, Pilots
PlotDancing, Money, Basketball
PlaceParty, Aircraft
StyleLight, For men

An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.

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.

Cold War (2018)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 7.6)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Poets
PlotLove, Dancing
PlacePrison, Trains
TimeCold War

A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.

Badhaai Ho (2018)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, drama

A 25-year-old man tries to suppress his embarrassment when his mother announces that she is pregnant.

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.

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.

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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.

The Hippopotamus (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersTerminally ill, Poets

Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

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.

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.

Paterson (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, USA
CharactersDogs, Actors, Poets, Bartenders
PlotMagic, Weapon, Money, Chess
StylePhilosophical, Soulful

A week in the life of a bus driver and poet named Paterson, and his supportive wife Laura.

Endless Poetry (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrefantasy, drama, biography
CountryChile, Japan, United Kingdom, France
CharactersPregnant, Family, Friends, Fathers, Dogs, Gay, Clowns, Poets
PlotWedding, Love, Dreams, The escape, Moving, Death
PlaceParis, Trains

A portrait of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time.

Marguerite (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryFrance, Czech Republic, Belgium
CharactersDogs, Horses, Snake, Journalists, Maids, Businessmen, Poets, Photographers, Lovers, Drivers, Writers
PlotMoney, Political, Mystery, Obsession, Loneliness, Cars, Happiness, On real events
PlaceParty, Castle

Paris in the 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman with a passion for music and the opera. For years, she has performed regularly for a circle of guests. But Marguerite sings tragically out of tune and no one has ever told her. Her husband and her close friends have always encouraged her in her illusions. Things become very complicated the day she gets it into her head to perform in front of a genuine public, at the Opera.

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 Trip to Italy (2014)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Comedians, Actors, Poets

Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy.

Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersWriters, Poets
PlotOn real events
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, To cry, Atmospheric, Gloomy

An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

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.

Big Sur (2013)
Markimdb: 5.8
CharactersWriters, Poets
PlaceBeach, Small cities
StyleSoulful, Fascinating

Big Sur is a film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac autobiographical novel of the same name.

August: Osage County (2013)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.2)
PlotFuneral, Cancer, Jealousy

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Papusza (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CharactersWriters, Poets
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy

The rise and fall of the most distinguished Polish-Gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza, and her relationship with her discoverer, writer Jerzy Ficowski.

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.

The Broken Tower (2012)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CharactersPoets, Writers, Gay
PlotDancing, Cars, On real events
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy

Docudrama about American poet Hart Crane, who committed suicide in April 1932 at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

Hannah Arendt (2012)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography
CountryGermany, Luxembourg, France, Israel
CharactersWriters, Strong women, Poets
PlotOn real events
PlaceNew York, Court
StyleMakes me think, Fascinating, Philosophical

HANNAH ARENDT is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

Rhino Season (2012)
Mark5 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryIran, Iraq, Turkey
PlotLove triangle, On real events
StyleAction, Gloomy

Kurdish-Iranian poet Sahel has just been released from a thirty-year prison sentence in Iran. Now the one thing keeping him going is the thought of finding his wife, who thinks he's been dead for over twenty years.

Ginger & Rosa (2012)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryUnited Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Croatia
CharactersTeens, Friends, Poets, Writers
PlaceEngland, London
TimeCold War

A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship.

Imaginaerum (2012)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantasy, drama, musical, adventure
CountryCanada, Finland
CharactersOrphans, Soldier, Pilots, Pianists, Poets
PlotLost memory, Depression, Music
PlaceAircraft, Night Clubs

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?

Atomic Age (2012)
Markimdb: 5.9
CharactersTeens, Friends, Poets
PlaceFrance, Night Clubs

Two young boys, Victor and Rainer, take the commuter train to spend the evening in Paris. In a nightclub on the banks of the Seine they go from one disappointment to another, from failed chat ups to street brawls. But as they get carried away by the night, they leave the city for the forest. In the silence of the moonlight nature, the desire between the two friends becomes increasingly vibrant. A new day is born from their friendship.

Nobody Walks (2012)
Mark4 (imdb: 5.3)
CharactersPoets, Ants, Insects
PlotDancing, Cars
PlaceLos Angeles, School, Party

A young woman's arrival sparks a surge of energy into a laid-back, artistic Los Angeles household, forcing the residents to confront their own fears and desires in an intricate dance of lust, denial and deception.

The Sessions (2012)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CharactersCats, Losers, Disabled people, Poets, Nurses
StyleTouching, Soulful, To cry

Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.1)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family
CharactersPoets, Friends, Partners
PlotAdventure, Fear, Wedding
StyleTo cry

Mumbai-based Kabir Dhiman, who comes from a wealthy building construction family, proposes to his long-time girlfriend, Natasha, much to the delight of both their respective families. He then gets together with one of two of his close friends, Imran Habib, a writer by profession, and they contact their London-based financial broker friend, Arjun, to remind him of a pact of traveling to Spain. The trio commence their long overdue trip not fully realizing that Arjun has still not forgiven Imran for his break-up with Sunani, while he himself regrets being dumped by Rohini, and must also compete with Imran for the affections of gorgeous Deep Sea Diving Instructor, Laila; Kabir struggles to accept life as Natasha's husband; and Imran must ready himself to meet his biological father, Salman, who had abandoned him at birth.

Anonymous (2011)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, USA
CharactersPoets, Writers
PlotPolitical, Intrigue, Uprising, Conspiracies
Time16th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.

Black Butterflies (2011)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.1)
CountryGermany, Netherlands, South Africa
CharactersWriters, Poets

Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of Censorship, Ingrid Jonker searched for a home, searched for love. With men like Jack Cope and André Brink she found much love, but no home. Later, in his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem "The Dead Child of Nyanga" and addressed her as one of the finest poets of South Africa.

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.

Howl (2010)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, biography
CharactersPoets, Gay, Writers
PlotApocalypse, Death, Dancing, Freedom, On real events
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Smart, Gloomy, Philosophical

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.

When You're Strange (2010)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredocumentary, music
CharactersMusicians, Poets, Friends, Partners, Singers
PlotUprising, Music
StyleTouching, Soulful, Fascinating, To cry

The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists —drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Kreiger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison— made The Doors one of America's most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison's death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA's film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, action, fantasy, cartoon
CountryJapan, USA, Singapore, South Korea
CharactersPoets, Knights
PlotSupernatural, Revenge, Justice, Life after death
StyleTense, Fascinating

Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice. An animated version of the video game of the same name.

For Colored Girls (2010)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.1)
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Atmospheric, Fancy, Gloomy

About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Silent Souls (2010)
Mark1 (imdb: 6.7)
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersFriends, Poets, Photographers
PlotDeath, Love triangle
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Gloomy

Present days. A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the dead body of the former beloved wife, on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon.

Lope (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySpain, Brazil, France
CharactersWriters, Poets
PlotLove triangle, Funeral
Time16th century
StyleSmart, Fascinating

A chronicle of the life of Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega, who dominated Spain's early Golden Age of Theater in the 16th century. Lope returns home from war and enters the theater world when a producer's beautiful daughter takes a shine to him. They embark on a passionate affair as his plays begin to win popular acclaim.