Since “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” opens Wednesday, thoughts naturally turn to movies about television news people. Not counting “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” we came up with 10 we'd sit through again. By Bob Fischbach
10. “Up Close & Personal,” 1996.
Michelle Pfeiffer is an ambitious anchor on her way up, and Robert Redford is the older boss and mentor she falls in love with.
9. “Bruce Almighty,” 2003.
Jim Carrey is a discontented TV reporter who complains about God. He's challenged to do the job better by God himself (Morgan Freeman).
8. “Morning Glory,” 2010.
Upstart producer Rachel McAdams tries to boost morning-show ratings by pairing grumpy newsman Harrison Ford with daft co-anchor Diane Keaton.
7. “A Face in the Crowd,” 1957.
Andy Griffith is a boozy rube from Arkansas who gets his own television show. Drunk with power, he turns it into a bully pulpit. Elia Kazan directed.
6. “The Insider,” 1999.
Chemist Russell Crowe goes on “60 Minutes” to expose big tobacco, then becomes a target. Al Pacino stars as a way-out-there producer. Seven Oscar nods.
5. “Frost/Nixon,” 2008.
Director Ron Howard re-creates the David Frost TV interviews of former President Nixon. Michael Sheen and Frank Langella star. Five Oscar nods.
4. “The China Syndrome,” 1979.
Reporter Jane Fonda and cameraman Michael Douglas stumble upon a nuclear power cover-up. Oscar nods for Fonda and Jack Lemmon as a plant supervisor.
3. “Good Night, and Good Luck,” 2005.
Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and CBS News take on Sen. Joseph McCarthy. George Clooney directs, co-stars. Six Oscar nods.
2. “Broadcast News,” 1987.
James Brooks' tale of a smart producer (Holly Hunter) wooed by a reporter (Albert Brooks) and anchor (William Hurt) snags seven Academy Award nods.
1. “Network,” 1976.
A network exploits a deranged TV anchor (Peter Finch) for ratings. Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight co-star. Sidney Lumet directed all three to Oscar wins.