All the President’s Men (1976)
An American political thriller film, based on the 1974 book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, All the President’s Men tells the story of two newspaper journalists investigating the Nixon Watergate scandal. The movie portrays reporters as determined, hard-working people who will stop at nothing to expose wrongdoing. Working day and night, they adamantly search for the truth and make many personal sacrifices in order to discover it.
This superhero film is based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
Journalist Clark Kent saves lives acting as his alter ego, Superman. Along with numerous supporting journalist characters, the two main characters, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, are journalists who work for the Daily Planet newspaper.
There is symbolic significance for Superman to work at a newspaper. At the beginning of the film, a voiceover declares that the Daily Planet is dedicated to protecting and serving the people of Metropolis. Similarly, Clark Kent (as Superman) announces his objective to Lane as preserving “truth, justice, and the American way” for the people.
Shattered Glass (2003)
An American drama film, Shattered Glass is based on the true story of a young journalist who fell from grace during the mid-1990s when it was found that he had fabricated over half of his articles. It relates the rise and fall of a young charmer in the setting of the office culture at The New Republic, which doesn’t use photographs, which would have exposed the journalist’s fraud earlier.
An American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, stars Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in and out of the courtroom as the masked vigilante, Daredevil.
As Daredevil physically punishes more and more criminals, Ben Urich, a writer for the city’s newspaper, the New York Post, begins tracking and reporting Daredevil’s accomplishments. At the end of the film, although Urich knows who Daredevil truly is, he chooses to abstain from disseminating this information, foregoing fame and fortune so that Daredevil can continue his battle for justice.
In the final scene of the film Daredevil’s voiceover states: “Soon the world will know the truth, that this is a city born of heroes; that one man can make a difference”. As these words are spoken, a close-up shot of Urich sitting at his computer and then walking out of an office building is shown, indicating that Daredevil is referring to Urich as a hero.
Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
A historical drama film directed by George Clooney, it portrays the story of Edward R Murrow who, with a team led by the CBS television producer Fred Friendly, withstood corporate pressures and took a stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy’s well-orchestrated communist-baiting campaign.
Set in 1953, during the early days of television broadcast journalism, it focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent from government policy.