Allen Ginsberg - Kill Your Darlings (2013)
The Movie Writer: Dan Radcliffe continues on his anti-Potter adventures with this truly excellent tale of the dark side of the Beat poetry gang.
Radcliffe is brilliant as Ginsberg, and the chemistry between him and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) is palpable.
Coolest Moment: The initial montage in which Ginsberg is swept up into the music and drug-fuelled world of Carr and co is intoxicating, ultimately propelling them from jazz bars to literary stars.
Paul Varjak Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961)
The Movie Writer: George Peppard is suitably swoonworthy as Paul, a struggling writer who falls into the path of the captivating Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and her manic pixie dream girl capers.
Coolest Moment: His attempts to cheer up a despondent Holly after she loses out on a sugar daddy are movie perfection - their picture perfect day of tomfoolery and mask-stealing simply can't be topped.
Will Shakespeare Shakespeare In Love (1998)
The Movie Writer: Ink-stained fingers have never looked so good.
The Bard got a sexy makeover as Joseph Fiennes pulled on his tights for this romance telling the tale of how Romeo & Juliet really came to life.
Coolest Moment : Overcome by lust for Elizabethan sex-pot Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), Will positions himself underneath her balcony and one of the most famous scenes in literary history is born.
Jack Torrance The Shining (1980)
The Movie Writer : An aspiring novellist is hired to hotel-sit for a winter with his young family. This turns out to be a very, very bad decision.
Coolest Moment: Jack Torrance takes a writer’s block meltdown to a whole new level, as nervy wife Wendy finds his manuscript propped up on his typewriter, displaying page after page after page of the line “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
Ernest Hemingway Midnight In Paris (2011)
The Movie Writer: Corey Stoll puts in an unbelievably cool turn as a brooding Hemingway in this charming Woody Allen time travel flick.
Great moustache, too.
Coolest Moment: “I think a woman is equal to a man in courage. Have you ever shot a charging lion? ...Would you like to know how that feels?”
Christian Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The Movie Writer: Young, naïve writer Christian arrives in Paris with nothing but a typewriter and a tendency to burst into song, and accidentally falls into the frilly-knickered world of the Moulin Rouge.
Cue beautiful courtesan Satine, a forbidden tryst and OH GOD we’re crying again.
Coolest Moment: We see our protagonist inside a gigantic elephant, ad-libbing the plot for Spectacular, Spectacular to save his own skin.
That's some quick-thinking.
Paul Sheldon - Misery (1990)
The Movie Writer: The unluckiest author ever to have appeared onscreen, Paul (James Caan) lands himself in hot water when his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) saves him from a car wreck and takes him home.
Coolest Moment: In the ultimate 'screw you' gesture, Paul coldly burns the manuscript of Misery's Retur n , much to Annie's severe distress.
James Mortmain - I Capture The Castle (2003)
The Movie Writer: Bill Nighy engages with his inner eccentric to play Mortmain, father of our protagonist and a man struggling to replicate the success of his first (and only) novel, published twelve long years earlier.
Coolest Moment: In a moment of spontaneity, James buys his young family a decaying castle that they drive past one Summer's day.
It turns out to be more of a burden than a joy, but who can say that their father bought them a castle?!
J. M. Barrie - Finding Neverland (2004)
The Movie Writer: Still reeling from the less-than-glowing reviews of his most recent play, Scottish writer J. M. Barries (Johnny Depp) bumps into The Llewelyn Davies family and everything changes.
Coolest Moment: The ailing Sylvia (Kate Winslet) is too ill to attend the premiere of Peter Pan , so Barrie brings the theatre to her.
Grab your tissues, people. This one's a sobfest.
Margot Tenenbaum The Royal Tenebaums (2001)
The Movie Writer: A child prodigy with serious daddy issues, Margot pens a critically acclaimed play when only in the ninth grade.
Coolest Moment: Her big secret is revealed and we see her hiding away in the bath, smoking a pack of clandestine cigarettes.
There’s no denying it – the girl’s got style.
P. L. Travers - Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
The Movie Writer: Literature's toughest old bird takes on the man behind the Disney magic in this charming tale, and Emma Thompson plays Travers with a powerful combination of strength and charisma (and just the right amount of pathos).
Coolest moment: Her arch-eyebrowed response to the Sherman's lyrical liberties.
"Respontible is not a word... UN make it up".
The Writer - The Ghost (2010)
The Movie Writer: Ewan McGregor plays the unnamed British chap recruited to complete the memoirs of a former Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) after his predecessor popped his clogs in mysterious fashion.
Coolest Moment: Raising a glass to Lang's wife Ruth (Olivia Williams) after uncovering her very, very dirty secret.
That's how to gloat. Shame the aftermath isn't quite as smooth...
Christy Brown - My Left Foot (1989)
The Movie Writer: Daniel Day-Lewis puts in yet another Oscar-winning turn as Christy Brown, a man with cerebral palsy who learns to paint and write using only his left foot.
Coolest Moment: His father learns to accept him after ten-year-old Christy writes the word 'mother' on his floor in chalk. Powerful stuff.
Harvey Pekar - American Splendor (2003)
The Movie Writer: Creator of the beloved American Splendor comics, Pekar (Paul Giamatti) gets a cinematic makeover in this movie portraying both his life and his brilliant work.
Coolest Moment: On turning himself into a comic:
"No phony bullshit. The real thing, y'know? Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."
Charlie and Donald Kaufman - Adaptation (2002)
The Movie Writers: Twin brothers Charlie and Donald fall into a screenwriting rivalry that starts out with bickering and ends up being a whole lot more complex. We're talking murder.
Coolest Moment: It has to be the very un-cool sound of Charlie's neurotic voiceover as he tries desperately to write his script:
"To begin... To begin... How to start? I'm hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee."
Truman Capote - Capote (2005)
The Movie Writer: Notorious writer Truman Capote is given the Philip Seymour Hoffman treatment in this award-winning movie, showing us the creation of his non-fiction work In Cold Blood.
Coolest Moment: Charming housewife Marie (Amy Ryan) with his glittering tales of celebrities, parties and film sets.
Barton Fink - Barton Fink (1991)
The Movie Writer: Trapped in the almost deserted Hotel Earle while he completes his first movie script, Fink (John Turturro) gets lost in a trippy tale of writer's block, celebrity and decapitated heads.
The movie is crammed full of self-referential material, as the Coen brothers mirrored their own creative difficulties with Fink's.
Coolest Moment: Fink's speech about his duty as a writer:
"The life of the mind ... exploring it can be painful. The kind of pain most people don't know anything about."
Oscar Wilde - Wilde (1997)
The Movie Writer: Who doesn't love the quick-witted and painfully funny work of Oscar Wilde?
Britain's much-loved dandy was portrayed beautifully by Stephen Fry in director Brian Gilbert's moving biography.
Coolest Moment: Coming out on the stand in order to protect himself and the man he loved.
Melvin Udall - As Good As It Gets (1997)
The Movie Writer: Obsessive-compulsive, misanthropic and difficult chap Melvin (Jack Nicholson) ends up on an oddball roadtrip in James L. Brooks' compelling rom-com.
Coolest Moment: His entire journey from grouchy recluse to something altogether nicer is pretty darn cool, but we love the moment he tells waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) that she makes him want to take his OCD pills and get better.
Karen Eiffel - Stranger Than Fiction (2007)
The Movie Writer: Bonafide literary kook Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) takes the term omnipresent narrator to a whole new level as her booming voice appears one day to dull taxman (and protagonist of her new novel) Harold Crick (Will Ferrel).
Coolest Moment: The first time we meet Karen she's standing on the roof of a high-rise building, preparing to jump. Turns out it's all in her head, but it's a pretty memorable first impression.
Calvin Weir-Fields - Ruby Sparks (2012)
The Movie Writer: This quirky indie asks the audience to consider what they'd do if a figment of their imagination came to life, as struggling young writer Weir-Fields (Paul Dano)'s latest leading literary lady suddenly appears in his bedroom one day.
Coolest Moment: Calvin tests out his power as author by writing Ruby a talent for French, just as she starts to call him from downstairs en Francais.
Nick Carraway The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Movie Writer: Gatsby’s right-hand man (and our narrator), Carraway lands himself in the middle of a whole lot of infidelity when he moves to West Egg.
He may have packed in the writing for a cushy job in bond sales, but we’re fairly sure his time in Long Island might have inspired a story or two.
Coolest Moment: When the usually composed Gatsby loses his mind over the idea of seeing his Daisy again, there's only one man who can calm him down, putting his neglected word skills to good use.
Miles Raymond - Sideways (2004)
The Movie Writer: The man writing The Day After Yesterday who gave us that infamous line "If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving".
Coolest Moment: Embracing his misery and cracking open that prized bottle of Château Cheval Blanc in a dingy diner is pure melancholic writer gold.
John Keats - Bright Star (2009)
The Movie Writer: Ben Whishaw took on the role of Romantic poet Keats in Jane Campion's movie following the last few years of his life.
Coolest Moment: Using his best lines to woo Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) via letter, proving once and for all that snail mail really is more romantic than Whatsapp.
Dylan Thomas - The Edge Of Love (2008)
The Movie Writer: Charismatic, brilliantly clever and devastatingly narcissistic, Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys) embarks on an affair with his first love (Kiera Knightley), whilst living next door with his own missus (Sienna Miller).
Coolest Moment: "All my words. They're all for you".
He might be a cad, but he's a bloody charming one.
The Marquid de Sade - Quills (2001)
The Movie Writer: The ultimate literary bad boy, The Marquis (Geoffrey Rush) smuggles his scripts to his publisher as if they're prohibited weapons instead of words.
Coolest Moment: Proving his rock star status, The Marquis swears his innocence and obedience to Joaquin Phoenix's Abbé du Coulmier, all the while giving corsetted totty Madeleine (Kate Winslet) a confident wink.
Harry Caine / Mateo Blanco - Broken Embraces (2009)
The Movie Writer: Movie director turned writer, Harry Caine (Lluís Homar) shares the tragic tale of his great affair with beautiful secretary / wannabe actress Lena (Penelope Cruz).
Coolest Moment: Caine and son Diego (Tamar Novas) sift through the long-lost footage of Harry and Lena's movie, re-editing it for general release.
Sylvia Plath - Sylvia (2003)
The Movie Writer: It's a far from perfect biography, but Sylvia Plath has to have a spot in our list for being a poetic legend.
Coolest Moment: Plath meets future husband Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) at a raucous party, and as she introduces herself the music cuts and time seems to stand still.
Mikael Blomkvist - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Movie Writer: Swedish journalist Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is feeling listless after losing a huge libel case when he is asked to come and write business magnate Henrik Vanger (Chistopher Plummer)'s autobiography.
Or so he thinks.
Coolest Moment: Breaking into the house of the decidedly unhinged Martin Vanger(Stellan Skarsgård) armed with nothing but his own quick-thinking.
Sal Paradise - On The Road (2012)
The Movie Writer: A lost young writer, Sal (Sam Riley) embarks upon a hazy roadtrip in the hope of getting his literary mojo back in this adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic.
Coolest Moment: The beautiful, smoky shot of Sal sitting at his typewriter, cigarette dangling from his mouth while streams of paper falls to the floor.
Paul Avery - Zodiac (2007)
The Movie Writer: Boozed-up crime journalist Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr) joins forces with political cartoonist Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) for an unofficial investigation into the infamous (and elusive) Zodiac killer.
Coolest Moment: In true RDJ form, Avery is a snappy character who gives this thriller a well-needed burst of dark comedy. We love the nonchalant way he confesses to losing all the evidence the duo have carefully gathered:
"I lost them... Or I tossed them. I don't know, I moved onto a boat."
Theodore Twombly - Her (2013)
The Movie Writer: Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is the introverted leading man of Spike Jonze's solo screenwriting debut Her , which is already sure to be the quirky favourite film of the year.
Coolest Moment: It's hard to pick a stand out cool moment in such a gorgeous movie (plus we're very conscious of spoilers), but Twombly's occupation - writing personal letters for people who struggle to convey their emotions - is just about the coolest and most delightful thing we've heard in a while.
Raoul Duke - Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
The Movie Writer: This was a pre-Bruckheimer Johnny Depp, arguably at his oddball best playing the journo sent to Las Vegas on an assignment that quickly descends into a drug trip like no other.
Coolest Moment: The first time we see Duke - he's so high he's seeing a swarm of bats. It sets the tone for the movie perfectly.
Jane Austen - Becoming Jane (2007)
The Movie Writer: Literature's favourite romance writer gets a chance to tell her own story in this (often overly) sentimental biography.
Coolest Moment: Jane sacrifces her own happiness with beau Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) to save him from a life of financial hardship. A completely unselfish act, it's a very different kind of cool, but cool nonetheless.
Bernard Berkman - The Squid And The Whale (2005)
The Movie Writer: Once promising novellist Berkman (Jeff Daniels) slowly loses his creative spark as he retires from writing and hides himself away in teaching.
He's also completely tortured by his wife's blooming literary success.
Coolest Moment: It's his 'cool' moments that are actually his downfall, as his attempts to be a hip and happenin' Dad just lose him the respect of his sons, as well as the audience.
Arthur Rimbaud - Total Eclipse (1995)
The Movie Writer: Decadent poet Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio) enters into a comsuming and eventually toxic relationship with fellow writer Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) in this fairly historically accurate biography.
Coolest Moment: Rimaud arrives at Verlaine's fancy Paris home, and immediately begins scandalising the in-laws with his wild behaviour and eccentric views.
Dan Woolf - Closer (2004)
The Movie Writer: One of the four totally horrible yet completely captivating characters in this twisted Mike Nichols riddle, we follow Dan (Jude Law) as he goes from journalist to successful novelist.
Coolest Moment: Tricking hapless love rival Larry (Clive Owen) into engaging in a truly graphic cyber sex session. It's impossible to look away.
Briony Tallis - Atonement (2007)
The Movie Writer: Briony's writing is the beginning and ending to Atonement - we open with her as a teenager (Saoirse Ronan), finishing up a play due to be performed for the family that evening, and close with her as an elderly novelist (Vanessa Redgrave), giving what could be her final interview.
Coolest Moment: It might be her fault that everything unravels, but Briony's determination to give Robbie (James McAvoy) and Cecilia (Keira Knightley) their happy ending on paper is a nice touch.
Emma Morley - One Day (2011)
The Movie Writer: Ignore the very dodgy Yorkshire accent. Emma (Anne Hathaway) lives out the life we all dread - grotty waitressing gig, boring boyfriend - whilst BFF Dexter seems to have hit the bigtime.
However, that all changes when Emma bags herself a publishing deal and becomes a renowned author of young adult books.
Coolest Moment: When Dexter arrives in Paris and sees our girl all grown-up, looking happy, healthy and sporting a tres chic pixie cut.
Paul Kemp - The Rum Diary (2011)
The Movie Writer: Not great film, cool character.
You can always rely on Hunter S. Thompson to bring the big guns when it comes to his protagonists, and Paul's story is no exception.
Coolest Moment: Placing the fate of the last editon of their newspaper on a bet, Kemp (Johnny Depp) and friends head to a cockfight. And people say print is dying...
Martin Sixsmith - Philomena (2013)
The Movie Writer: Down-on-his-luck journalist Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) sets out looking for a story to make him a bit of cash, but ends up finding a whole lot more when he agrees to help Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) find the son she gave up for adoption fifty years ago.
Coolest Moment: When Sixsmith finally snaps and gives the gaggle of nuns a real dressing down as he stands up for Philomena.
Lillian Hellman - Julia (1977)
The Movie Writer: Portraying the author of the novel that the film is based on, Jane Fonda gives her best as Lillian, a playwright who helps her best mate Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) smuggle money through Nazi Germany.
Coolest Moment: It's pure literary cool to see the fictional Hellerman cosying up to the godfather of crime writing; Dashiel Hammett (Jason Robards).
Lois Lane - Man Of Steel (2013)
The Movie Writer: Everyone's favourite red-haired comic book heroine (sorry Mary-Jane... and yes, we know Lane's mainly red-haired on-screen, but we're still taking it), Lois also happens to be the resident badass of newspaper The Daily Planet.
Coolest Moment : Stalking mysterious man-hunk Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) around the country, just so that she can bag a hot story.
That's what we call job dedication.
Henry 'Hank' Chinaski - Factotum (2005)
The Movie Writer: Factotum follows Chinaski (Matt Dillon) as he tries to become a writer, but gets distracted by low-level jobs, beautiful girls and cheap booze along the way.
Coolest Moment: Hank's lazy aura oozes cool, and he's never more inappropriately chilled out than when he crawls out of bed to investigate a noise, sees a gaggle of firemen escorting residents from the smoke-filled building, and slowly clambers back into bed.
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester -The Libertine (2004)
The Movie Writer: The flamboyant and overly-dramatic Earl of Rochester gives Johnny Depp his fourth appearance in this list as he pulls on a wig and powders his nose to play the infamous Libertine.
Coolest Moment: Commissioned to write a play by King Charles II (John Malkovich) can only end badly.
Rochester presents his sovereign with Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery, a play that features live sex acts (amongst other things). No one can accuse the guy of being a sell-out.
Bridget Jones - Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
The Movie Writer: The voice of her generation, Bridget's (Renee Zellweger) writing might not be up there with Tolstoy or Dickens, but the singleton and her over-sized pants united modern ladies everywhere.
Coolest Moment: Sticking it to scumbag boyfriend Daniel Cleaver with a sassy putdown and a burst of Aretha Franklin.
Chick-flick home run.
Jean-Dominque Bauby - The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)
The Movie Writer: Jean-Do (Mathieu Amalric) was once the editor of fashion bible Elle , but after a sudden stroke he finds himself locked in his own body, only able to move his left eyelid.
Director Julian Schnabel tells Jean-Do's story with tact and authenticity, as we follow our protagonist as he attempts to write his first book, dictating using only his eye.
Coolest Moment : When Jean-Do connects with his ninety-two-year-old father - trapped in his own apartment thanks to his frail, aging body, the duo start to find they have imprisonment in common.
Frodo Baggins - The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
The Movie Writer: The little hairy-toed hero that could, Frodo (Elijah Wood) spends what must be a very, very long time recording his adventures across Middle Earth in every detail.
Coolest Moment: It's tough to pick one, but when that ring FINALLY arrives at Mordor we all did a celebratory cheer.
Hard to believe his book is non-fiction, really.
William Lee - Naked Lunch (1991)
The Movie Writer: As always, David Cronenberg takes us on a surreal, psychadelic journey as secret agent and exterminator William Lee (Peter Weller) collates his reports to create a book.
Although everyone is so hopped up on insecticide, we're still not quite sure what's real...
Coolest Moment: His Clark Nova typewriter transforms into a ginormous talking insect who starts offering career advice.
We've all been there after too many late deadlines.
Oscar Madison - The Odd Couple (1968)
The Movie Writer: It's a comedy double-whammy as stuffy Felix (Jack Lemmon) collides with brass, slovenly sportswriter Oscar (Walter Matthau) in this laugh-out-loud classic.
Coolest Moment: "Look at this. You're the only man in the world with clenched hair."