What’s not to love about these 9 great PR movies?
They’re hardly “real life” depictions about day-to-day public relations. But frankly, we crave escapism too. And these cinematic treats offer little slices of entertainment that make us laugh, cry and even feel inspired.
MY TOP 9 PR MOVIES
- Thank You for Smoking (2005) | Three words: Merchants of Death. Clever writing about a hated big tobacco lobbyist. A must-see for any PR pro.
- Wag the Dog (1997) | Public opinion shaped by the media, a humorous case study of crisis management in a dirty political PR landscape.
- The Queen (2006) | The Crown badly mismanages the public mourning for the perished Princess Diana – “The People’s Princess.” Opinion polling looms large.
- Frost/Nixon (2008) | Nixon’s last ditch effort to re-write history goes sideways in one historic TV moment. Spokesperson training 101 fail.
- Jerry Maguire (1996) | Hard not to love the way rising football star Rod Tidwell inspires his agent in mid-life crisis mode. “Show me the money!”
- All the President’s Men (1976) | A scandal so well defined and branded that any subsequent PR scandal gets “-gate” tagged onto the end.
- The Social Network (2010)| Digital media collides with public relations in this Harvard student-turns-Internet sensation story.
- Roman Holiday (1953) | A princess runs away during a European PR tour and comes across an enterprising, sneaky reporter in Rome.
- Charlotte’s Web (1973) | It’s a children’s story that proves good PR can be a lifesaver. He wasn’t just a future piece of bacon; he was “terrific.”
Erica Holloway is the founder and lead strategist at Galvanized Strategies.