Netflix: ‘State of Play’ is the most popular newspaper film

I asked Netflix last week: What are the most popular movies about newspapers?

Company spokesman (and former newspaper reporter) Jonathan Friedland got back to me yesterday with the findings:

We’ve put together two lists – the first of the most popular newspaper movies on DVDs and the second of the most popular newspaper movies on streaming. As you probably know, under the first sale doctrine, once we have a DVD, we have it permanently and can rent it out as often as demanded by members. So, all the listed DVDs are available.

Netflix Top Ten Newspaper Films on DVD

1. State of Play (2009)

2. Zodiac (2007)

3. Citizen Kane (1941)

4. All the President’s Men (1976)

5. The Killing Fields (1984)

6. Shattered Glass (2003)

7. The Pelican Brief (1993)

8. His Girl Friday (1940)

9. Absence of Malice (1981)

10. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

In the case of streaming, the availability of movies is governed by Pay TV licensing regimes – which means that films are on our streaming service for varied durations. In the case of some of the streaming films (notably, Pelican Brief and All the President’s Men), they aren’t currently available to watch instantly on our US service.

Netflix Top Ten Newspaper Films on Streaming

1. The Pelican Brief

2. All the President’s Men

3. Absence of Malice

4. His Girl Friday

5. The China Syndrome (1979)

6. The Killing Fields

7. Page One (Inside The New York Times) (2011)

8. The Front Page (1931)

9. The Paper (1994)

10. The Year of Living Dangerously



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