10 Best Movies On Advertising
"How to Get Ahead in Advertising" (1989). This comedic fantasy is the story of Dennis Bagley, a young advertising executive whose inability to come up with a slogan for a new pimple cream hits close to home. He develops a large boil on his shoulder, which grows a face and starts a running commentary on Bagley's life. This movie, written and directed by Bruce Robinson, stars Richard E. Grant as the unlucky Dennis.
"Marjorie Morningstar" (1958). This classic movie stars Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood as a young couple who fall in love. Her parents disapprove of his job as a writer for musical theater, so he pursues a job as an advertising executive. As their relationship deepens, however, he contemplates returning to the world of musicals.
"Good Neighbor Sam" (1964). Jack Lemmon stars in this comedy as Sam Bissell, a family man who is unhappy with his low-rung job at an advertising agency. His luck begins to change when he lands a big account that wants a writer with a wholesome image.
"North by Northwest" (1959). Alfred Hitchcock directed this dramatic mystery about an advertising executive who must go on the run after he is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. Cary Grant plays the exec and Eva Marie Saint is the gorgeous blonde who helps him in his travels. The movie was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Screenplay.
"American Beauty" (1999). This drama about the boredom of suburbia stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, an ad exec who is disgusted with his life, quits his job and begins working at a fast food restaurant. Spacey won a Best Actor Oscar for his role, and the movie also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay.
"Thank You For Smoking" (2005). This satire is the comedic tale of the chief advertising spokesman for the tobacco industry, Nick Naylor, whose two best friends are the ad execs for the alcohol and gun lobbies. The film, which also stars Joan Lunden, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture.
"Jhankaar Beats" (2003). This movie is a comedic musical hailing from India. It tells the story on brothers Rishi and Deep, copywriters for an advertising agency, who are facing termination if they don't come up with a good condom slogan. At the same time, they are competing in a nationwide music competition.
"Roger Dodger" (2002). A Manhattan ad exec, played by Campbell Scott, prides himself on his ability to manipulate and seduce women. His nephew, played by Jesse Eisenberg, convinces his uncle to let him in on his sex secrets in this comedic drama. This film won three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay.
"The Human Contract" (2008). In this gritty drama, an L.A. PR executive named Julian works for a firm that is striving to be purchased by a much larger and more prestigious company. In addition to these career pressures, Julian has met a beautiful woman named Michael, and the connection between the two threatens his marriage.
"A Merry War" (1997). This British film is about a couple, played by Richard E. Grant and Helena Bonham Carter, who both work at an advertising agency. But when he quits to become a poet, the pair faces poverty and hardship.