Russell Crowe’s rumpled, old-school investigative reporter in the new movie “State of Play” got me thinking about other movies that feature those noble pursuers of truth. (Check my review of the film here.) Journalists, however, are not always portrayed in the most flattering of lights, as this Top 10 Movie Journalists list can attest. Sometimes the reporter is simply a good stand-in for (or alternative to) the detective, and other times, he or she can be used to critique politics. In the hands of ex-newspaperman-turned-filmmaker Billy Wilder, the journalist actually becomes the vessel through which the media itself is criticized.
If you want to contribute your own Top 10 list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, check out this list of the most memorable reporters in film.