Poetry in the Movies
- Angel at My Table (1992)
- The true story of Janet Frame, a painfully sensitive girl who managed to escape a dreary rural upbringing and eight years in a mental hospital to become New Zealand's premier poet.
- Belle of Amherst (1994)
- Portrays America's first notable poetess, Emily Dickinson, through an examination of her writing and observations of her life and family.
- Blue Car (2001)
- Meg, a quiet, conflicted, beautiful teenager, unleashes her frustrations and pain through her poems, which she shares with her supportive English teacher, Mr. Auster.
- Color of Pomegranates (Nran guyne) (1969)
- Depicts the life and spiritual odyssey of the medieval Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat Nova, and his rise from carpet weaver to archbishop and martyr.
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
- In 17th-century Paris, a long-nosed poet and swordsman helps his handsome friend win the girl he himself loves.
- Cyrano de Bergerac (2009)
- Large-nosed poet Cyrano is unable to face his beloved Roxanne, so he feeds his beautiful verse to her through the handsome, but poetically inept, Christian. Filmed stage version starring Kevin Kline.
- Dead Poets Society (1990)
- English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming ... "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm--changing their lives forever.
- Henry Fool (1997)
- Simon Grim, a nerdy young sanitation worker who lives in Queens with his depressed mother and promiscuous sister, turns out to be a brilliant poet and an overnight literary sensation, after being encouraged to write down his ideas by Henry Fool, a boozy pseudo-intellectual who rents the Grim family basement.
- If I Were King (1938) VHS
- Romantic adventure set in 15th century Paris about rogue poet François Villon who matches wits with a crafty king and leads the Empire to victory.
- Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
- Recent widow, Mrs. Palfrey, moves into a London retirement hotel among an odd assortment of people. When she slips on a walk and is aided by a penniless young writer, she invites him to dine at the Claremont and plays along when the other dining guests assume he's her grandson. A friendship develops giving her a companion with whom she can talk about memories and poetry as she gives him ideas and support for his writing. But what of her actual family?
- Orpheus (1950 / Jean Cocteau) VHS
- Depicts the love of a poet for a princess who travels constantly from this world to the next. A legendary tale in a modern Parisian setting.
- Piñero (2001)
- The story of the life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop.
- Poetic Justice (1993)
- A mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Centrol L.A. to Oakland find themselves reluctantly attracted to each other, when they are confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they'd left behind.
- The Postman [Il Postino] (1995)
- The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice.
- Reuben, Reuben (1984) VHS
- The once-talented poet, Gowan McGland, hasn't written a word in five years. He gets by on flamboyant lectures on the college circuit until he meets the dazzling Geneva Spofford.
- Shakespeare in Love (1998)
- When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before.
- Sylvia (2003)
- Gwyneth Paltrow plays the legendary American author and poet Sylvia Plath, opposite Daniel Craig as British Poet Laureate Edward (Ted) Hughes. Ted and Sylvia were a sensual, volatile, and brilliant married couple who emerged as two of the most influential writers of the 20th century.
- Tom & Viv (1994) VHS
- Tom & Viv tells the story of the passionate yet turbulent relationship between T.S.Eliot and his beautiful wife, Vivienne. Although she was the inspiration for his greatest works, Eliot finally had to make a choice between standing by the emotionally troubled Vivienne and letting her go.
- Total Eclipse (1996)
- Paul Verlaine, a writer, is torn between his growing infaturation with the genius poet Arthur Rimbaud and the domestic demands of his patient wife.