My Top Five: Movies on Radio


Hey you: don't turn that dial!

Don’t turn that dial! When radio meets film, classics can be made. The following film are my top five picks for movies about radio.

1. “The King’s Speech” — Written by David Seidler and directed by Tom Hooper

The movie begins with the eventual King George V giving a speech stilted by his stutter on the radio. With the help of a speech therapist, the monarch successfully announces Britain’s involvement in WWII through the radio waves at the end of the film.

2. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” — Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

In this epic film based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” main characters find fame through radio in the deep south after a blind man records their bluegrass music.

3. “Radio Days” — Written and directed by Woody Allen

This film finds Woody Allen reminiscing about radio’s golden era and highlights different performers in New York during the 1930s and 1940s.

4. “Do The Right Thing” — Written and directed by Spike Lee

Radio Raheem nearly narrates (or, maybe more accurately, “prophesies”) the plot twists to come in this tale of race relations in Brooklyn.

5. “Pirate Radio” — Written and directed by Richard Curtis

This tale of DJs on a pirate radio ship anchored off the coast of Britain during the 1960s is equal parts courageous and hilarious.

What are some of your favorite movies about radio? Please suggest more for me to watch in the comments section!

3 responses to “My Top Five: Movies on Radio

  1. My favorite is Good Night, and Good Luck. Sometimes I can really relate to Murrow and his struggle to keep reppin’ the truth on air.

    I had so many problems with Pirate Radio! Though that may stem frommy hatred of real pirate radio stations…

  2. Thanks for your feedback (and following on Twitter), Sean! I liked Pirate Radio, though I agree I had to suspend my disbelief to get into it much.

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