The librarian(s) plays a cameo role and is seen only briefly with little or no dialogue.
*Spoiler Alert* The following annotations may contain important plot details.
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The Alphabet Murders (1965)
Details: Dir. Frank Tashlin. Perf. Tony Randall, Robert Morley, Anita Ekberg. MGM, 1965. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
Synopsis: A comedic take on Christie’s novel.
Role Call: Stringer Davis as Mr. Stringer—Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Marc Webb. Perf. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans. Columbia, 2012. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Synopsis: A reboot of Spider-Man, with creator Stan Lee camping it up in a librarian cameo.
Role Call: Stan Lee as School Librarian — Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Stuart Rosenberg. Perf. James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger. American International Pictures, 1979. Based on the book by Jay Anson.
Synopsis: A horror film about a family who moves into a house with a scary past.
Role Call: Two uncredited females—Spinster Librarians
Details: Dir. Irwin Winkler. Perf. Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis. MGM, 1999. Based on the true story of Shirl & Barbara Jennings, and the essay “To See and Not See” in An Anthropologist on Mars by Dr. Oliver Sacks.
Synopsis: Based on a true story about a blind man who has his eyesight restored. There’s a brief cameo from a spunky librarian friend.
Role Call: Margo Winkler as Nancy Bender—Information Provider (female)
Autumn in New York (2000)
Details: Dir. Joan Chen. Perf. Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Vera Farmiga. MGM, 2000.
Synopsis: An older playboy (Gere) falls in love with a young woman (Ryder) who’s terminally ill, and he discovers a long-lost daughter (Farmiga).
Role Call: Delores Mitchell as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
The Avengers (1998)
Details: Dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik. Perf. Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Shaw. Warner Bros., 1998. Based on the British TV show.
Synopsis: British agents John Steed (Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Thurman) unite against Sir August De Wynter (Connery), who attempts to control the world by a weather machine.
Role Call: Patrick Macnee as Invisible Jones—Information Provider/Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Penny Marshall. Perf. Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller. Columbia, 1990. Based on the book by Oliver Sacks.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Dr. Sayer (Williams) finds a new treatment for a ward of comatose patients.
Role Call: Adam Bryant as Librarian—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Charles Shyer. Perf. Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Sam Wanamaker. United Artists, 1987.
Synopsis: A comedy about a career woman (Keaton) who becomes the custodian for a baby from a distant relative. It changes her life, and she goes to a local library for info on starting a small business.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Back When We Were Grownups (TV, 2004)
Details: Dir. Ron Underwood. Perf. Blythe Danner, Faye Dunaway, Peter Fonda. Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, 2004. Based on the novel by Anne Tyler.
Synopsis: An older woman, Rebecca (Danner), looks back over her life and rekindles a relationship with a former beau, Will (Fonda).
Role Call: Lynette DuPree as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Ted Demme. Perf. Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Rosie O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman. Miramax, 1996.
Synopsis: AWillie Conway (Hutton) revisits his small hometown for a high school reunion. A breakup scene takes place in the local public library.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Bed of Roses (1996)
Details: Dir. Michael Goldenberg. Perf. Christian Slater, Mary Stuart Masterson. New Line, 1996.
Synopsis: Romantic drama about a career woman (Masterson) who falls in love with a florist (Slater).
Role Call: Mary Alice as Alice—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Fernanda Cardoso. Perf. Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer. Frontier Studios, 2010.
Synopsis: Coming-of-age drama about a former child actress (Stouffer) who attends college and falls in love with a female psychology professor (McAtee). When she gets a chance to return to Hollywood, what will she choose?
Role Call: Megan Martz as Library Attendant—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Douglas Trumbull. Perf. Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson. MGM/UA, 1983.
Synopsis: Brilliant researcher Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) has developed a system of recording and replaying actual experiences of people, complete with the “higher brain functions” of thoughts, emotions, senses of smell, etc. There are a few moments toward the end of the film that highlight the Tape Library and its technicians.
Role Call: Jimmy Casino as Tape Library Technician — Information Provider (male); May Raymond Boss as Tape Library Woman — Information Provider (female); Clay Boss as Tape Library Man — Information Provider (male)—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. David Lean. Perf. Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard. Cineguild, 1945.
Synopsis: Romantic drama about an ordinary English wife and mother (Johnson) and an ordinary English husband and father (Howard) who meet one day by chance and fall in love. The woman stops by the Boots Lending Library on her weekly shopping trip.
Role Call: Uncredited female as Miss Lewis — Information Provider (female)
Cape Fear (1962)
Details: Dir. J. Lee Thompson. Perf. Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen. Universal, 1962. Based on the novel by John D. MacDonald
Synopsis: A lawyer’s family is terrorized by a violent man (played by Robert Mitchum).
Role Call: Josephine Smith as Librarian (uncredited)—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Joseph Sargent. Perf. Stephanie Zimbalist, Pamela Reed, George Grizzard, Patricia Neal. Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1990. Based on the book Father’s Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg.
Synopsis: This Emmy-winning TV movie focuses on a mysterious woman (Stephanie Zimbalist) who claims to be a rich man’s daughter, Caroline Carmichael, long presumed to have been killed in a plane crash fourteen years earlier. Is she really Caroline? The film explores that question, but goes to some unexpected places, including the education of handicapped children. Caroline’s younger half-brother Winston goes to the public library in one scene to look up old newspaper articles about the plane crash.
Role Call: Laura Whyte as Librarian — Information Provider
Details: Dir. David Carson. Perf. Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, Kandyse McClure. MGM Television, 2002. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
Synopsis: A TV remake of the classic 1976 film. A school librarian is seen in a few scenes set in the school library.
Role Call: Irene Miscisco as Librarian — Information Provider
Details: Dir. Brad Silberling. Perf. Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Franz. Warner Bros., 1998.
Synopsis: Set in San Francisco, an angel (Cage) becomes romantically involved with a doctor (Ryan).
Role Call: Sid Hillman as Librarian—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Paul Weiland. Perf. Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz, Jack Palance. Castle Rock Entertainment/Warner Home Video, 1994.
Synopsis: The sequel to the more entertaining City Slickers (1991). There is a brief scene in a public library, where Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Phil (Daniel Stern) discover information from old newspaper articles on microfilm. They get shushed several times.
Role Call: Helen Siff as Shushing Lady — Comic Relief; Unidentified male — Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Anatole Litvak. Perf. Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Paul Lukas. Warner Bros., 1939. Based on articles by Leon G. Turrou.
Synopsis: WWII propaganda film about a G-Man (Robinson) who investigates a Nazi spy ring in the U.S.
Role Call: Uncredited male—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Martin Campbell. Perf. Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper. MGM, 1988.
Synopsis: Hotshot lawyer Ben Chase (Oldman) successfully defends a client (Bacon), realizing after that his client is guilty. In one scene about a half-hour into the film, Ben visits an old professor in the law library. Everyone seems to be on familiar and friendly terms with the librarian.
Role Call: Irene Kessler as Librarian Peggy — Information Provider (female)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Details: Dir. John N. Smith. Perf. Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzunda, Courtney B. Vance. Hollywood Pictures-Buena Vista, 1995. Based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson.
Synopsis: An ex-Marine (Pfeiffer) struggles to connect with her students in an inner city high school.
Role Call: Jeff Feringa as Librarian #1; Sarah Marshall as Librarian #2—both Information Providers (female)
Dream with the Fishes (1997)
Details: Dir. Finn Taylor. Perf. David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Kathryn Erbe. Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.
Synopsis: Nick (Hunt), who is terminally ill, inspires Terry (Arquette), a suicidal voyeur.
Role Call: Beth Daly as Librarian & Uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Details: Dir. Michael Patrick Jann. Perf. Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney. New Line Cinema, 1999.
Synopsis: A pitch-black comedy about a local beauty pageant. The plot includes murder, a huge swan float engulfed in flames, beauty pageant contestants upchucking contaminated seafood, and more!
Role Call: Claudia Wilkens as Iona Hildebrandt, 1945 Winner—Comic Relief (female) back to top
Details: Dir. Tommy O’Haver. Perf. Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes. Miramax, 2004. Based on the book by Gail Carson Levine.
Synopsis: The well-known Cinderella plot hinges on Ella’s gift of obedience bestowed by a fairy godmother, Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), whom Ella is trying to find in order to release this curse of a blessing. Ella tries to find some record of Lucinda in the castle’s Hall of Records, where an archives clerk is most unhelpful.
Role Call: Merrina Millsapp as Hall of Records Attendant—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir.Andy Tennant. Perf. Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Huston. 20th Century Fox, 1998. Based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault.
Synopsis: Another Cinderella-inspired story, one including a first date to a monastery library.
Role Call: Uncredited males as monastery librarians / monks —Information Provider s(male)
Details: Dir. Gus Van Sant. Perf. Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham. Columbia, 2000.
Synopsis: A reclusive author (Connery) becomes a mentor to a young African American writing prodigy (Brown).
Role Call: Sophia Wu as Librarian—Information Provider (female) ; Gus Van Sant as Library Assistant (uncredited) — Information Provider (male)
…First Do No Harm (TV, 1997)
Details: Dir. Jim Abrahams. Perf. Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins, Allison Janney. ABC/Buena Vista Home Video, 1997.
Synopsis: This TV movie, based on real events, details one mother’s (Streep) struggle to find a treatment for her epileptic son (Adkins).
Note: Even though the library sign clearly identifies it as a Kansas City Public Library branch, the library interiors were filmed at the Toronto Public Library (the same library seen in the TV movie Personals, which was set in California).
Role Call: Barbara Stewart as Librarian—Information Provider (female); Uncredited male—Information Provider (male)
The Forgotten (2004)
Details: Dir. Joseph Ruben. Perf. Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Anthony Edwards. Columbia, 2004.
Synopsis: Telly Paretta (Moore) tries to deal with her grief over her son’s death, only to be told one day that her son never existed.
Role Call: Katie Cooper as Library Clerk—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Bill Condon. Perf. Ian McKellan, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. Lions Gate, 1998. Based on the book Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram.
Synopsis: Famed horror film director James Whale (McKellan) develops a friendship with his hunky young gardener (Fraser).
Role Call: Lisa Vastine as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Victor Saville. Perf. Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, John Gielgud, Mary Glynne. Gaumont British Picture Corporation, 1933. Based on the novel by J. B. Priestley.
Synopsis: Three wayward souls find their way to a variety troupe called the “Dinky Doos” — thankfully, they change the name straightaway to “The Good Companions,” hence the title. A brief library scene with the first “Shush!” from a reel librarian.
Role Call: Hugh E. Wright as Librarian — Information Provider (male)
Hidden Figures (2016)
Details: Dir. Theodore Melfi. Perf. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali. Fox 2000 Pictures, 2016. Based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Synopsis: A biographical film highlighting the personal and professional struggles and contributions of three African-American female mathematicians — or “computers” — at NASA during the early 1960s. Taraji P. Henson plays brilliant mathematician Katherine G. Johnson; Octavia Spencer, in an Oscar-nominated performance, plays mathematician and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughan; and Janelle Monáe plays firecracker engineer Mary Jackson. There is a brief, but pivotal, library scene in which Vaughan enters the “whites” section of the library because the “colored” section doesn’t have what she needs.
Role Call: Rhoda Griffis as White Librarian — Information Provider (female)
High School High (1996)
Details: Dir. Hart Bochner. Perf. Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher, Mekhi Phifer. TriStar, 1996.
Synopsis: A parody of films like Dangerous Minds, a naïve teacher (Lovitz) gets a job at a high school in the hood.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Gail Harvey. Perf. Linda Hamilton, Brenda Crichlow. Lifetime, 2006.
Synopsis: After a woman gets divorced from her cheating husband, she ends up homeless. A friend urges her to go to the library for books to study for the real estate license exam. There are a few shots in a public library and a few glimpses of an older reel librarian, complete with cardigan and half-moon glasses on a chain.
Role Call: Donna White — Information Provider (female)
The House on Carroll Street (1988)
Details: Dir. Peter Yates. Perf. Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin. Orion, 1988.
Synopsis: A woman (McGillis), who is fired after refusing to give names to the House Un-American Activities Committee, overhears a suspicious argument in the house next door.
Role Call: William Duff-Griffin as Wentworth, FBI Librarian—Information Provider (male)
I Love Trouble (1994)
Details: Dir. Charles Shyer. Perf. Nick Nolte, Julia Roberts, Saul Rubinek. Touchstone—Buena Vista, 1994.
Synopsis: Rival reporters Peter and Sabrina (Nolte & Roberts) team up to investigate corrupt scientists at a chemical company.
Role Call: Annie Meyers-Shyer as Student Librarian and an uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
I Love You to Death (1990)
Details: Dir. Lawrence Kasdan. Perf. Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Hurt. TriStar, 199o.
Synopsis: In this black comedy, a loyal Italian-American wife, Rosalie (Ullman), tries to kill her husband — several times — when she finds out that her husband, Joey (Kline), is cheating. And where does she find out about his philandering ways? In her local public library.
Role Call: Audrey Rapoport as Librarian and an uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
Details: Dir. Kelly Rowan. Lifetime Television, 2007.
Synopsis: A mother (Rowan) living in a polygamous religious community escapes with her children, and they struggle to adjust living “on the outside.”
Role Call: Agi Gallus as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Michael Pressman. Perf. Mike Farrell, Tess Harper, Helen Hunt. TNT, 1989.
Synopsis: The story of a father, Tim McFall, investigating his daughter’s death, which was caused by toxic waste dumped in the river by the town’s biggest employer, the local manufacturing factory. In one brief scene, he seeks the help of a librarian at his college library.
Role Call: Michaela Nelligan as Librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody. Paramount, 1989.
Synopsis: The third in the series, Indiana Jones (Ford) sets off to find the Holy Grail with his father (Connery). Indiana highlights the role of the library and research during a classroom scene within the first 15 minutes of the film. And within the first 30 minutes, he visits a local library in Venice — converted from a church — which includes a funny scene with an uncredited reel librarian. The power of the library stamp!
Role Call: Uncredited male—Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Ivan Reitman. Perf. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson. Universal, 1994.
Synopsis: Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dr. Alex Hesse, a male fertility research scientist, who becomes the test subject for his his latest fertility drug. And if the poster (see left) isn’t obvious enough, he becomes the world’s first pregnant man! The opening scene is set in an academic library.
Role Call: Uncredited female — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jeff Fisher. Perf. Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco, Jason London, Leighton Meester. Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2008.
Synopsis: In this film, a reality TV shoot at a small town in North Dakota turns into a murder game for a crazed-yet-cunning killer. One scene is set at the school library, and the librarian cameo lasts 4 seconds.
Role Call: Mary Murphy as Librarian–Information Provider (female) / Spinster Librarian
Details: Dir. Peter Jackson. Perf. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett. New Line Cinema, 2001. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Synopsis: The first in a film trilogy of the well-known saga of Middle Earth, involving a hobbit’s quest to destroy a powerful ring.
Role Call: Michael Elsworth as Gondorian Archivist—Information Provider (male)
Mad Love (1995)
Details: Dir. Antonia Bird. Perf. Chris O’Donnell, Drew Barrymore, Joan Allen. Touchstone—Buena Vista, 1995.
Synopsis: High-schoolers Matt (O’Donnell) and Casey (Barrymore) fall in love and flee on a road trip after Casey’s parents check her into a mental hospital.
Role Call: Sharon Collar as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Brent Shields. Perf. Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham. Hallmark Hall of Fame, 2005. Based on the novel by Ann Howard Creel.
Synopsis: Set during World War II, a beautiful young woman (Keri Russell) agrees to an arranged marriage with a lonely, good-hearted farmer (Skeet Ulrich) due to her impending pregnancy out of wedlock. The farmer’s not the father — they’d never met before the wedding — but he’s determined to do the best by her. This includes getting some books from the local public library (an hour away!).
Role Call: Kira Bradley as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. John Schlesinger. Perf. Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, Marthe Keller. Paramount, 1976. Based on the novel by William Goldman.
Synopsis: A graduate history student (Hoffman) unwittingly gets involved in an international conspiracy involving former Nazi exiles and rogue spies. In an early scene set in a college library, Hoffman has a “meet cute” moment with Elsa (Keller), who turns out to be hiding secrets of her own.
Role Call: Unidentified female as Librarian —Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Thea Sharrock. Perf. Emilia Clark, Sam Claflin, Vanessa Kirby, Jenna Coleman. Warner Bros., 2016. Based on the novel by Jojo Moyes.
Synopsis: A young woman, Lou (Clark), helps take care of a recently paralyzed man, Will (Claflin). In a brief montage scene almost halfway through the film, Lou visits a public library to research activities for quadriplegics, to try and get Will out of his depression.
Role Call: Uncredited female as Librarian — Information Provider (female)
Mercury Rising (1998)
Details: Dir. Harold Becker. Perf. Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride. Universal, 1998. Based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson.
Synopsis: Rebellious FBI agent Art Jeffries (Willis) protects a young autistic boy (Hughes) who can read a top-secret government code.
Role Call: Barbara Alexander as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Details: Dir. Tony Bill. Perf. Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Ruth Gordon. 20th Century Fox, 1980.
Synopsis: A new kid (Makepeace) hires the school outcast (Baldwin) to protect him against a school bully (Dillon).
Role Call: Dorothy Scott as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Paul Haggis. Perf. Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson. Columbia, 1989.
Synopsis: A professor (Crowe) sets out to break out his wife (Banks) out of prison, where she’s been wrongly convicted of murder. There’s a short sequence in the early part of the film set in a college library, where Crowe searches for books on prisons.
Role Call: Uncredited female as Librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Luiz Puenzo. Perf. Jane Fonda, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Peck. Columbia, 1989. Based on the novel by Carlos Fuentes.
Synopsis: A schoolteacher (Fonda) goes to Mexico to teach and gets kidnapped by General Arroyo (Smits) and his revolutionaries.
Role Call: Laurel Lyle as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
Details: Dir. Desmond Davis. Perf. Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Plummer, Sarah Miles, Ian McShane. London-Cannon, 1984. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
Synopsis: Dr. Calgary (Sutherland) returns to England and realizes he was the alibi for a man wrongly convicted and hanged for murder. He undergoes an investigation to discover the real killer.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Paperback Romance, aka Lucky Break (1994)
Details: Dir. Ben Lewin. Perf. Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Marshall Napier, Jacek Koman. MGM, 1994.
Synopsis: Jewel thief Eddie (LaPaglia) overhears Sophie (Carides) reading a romance novel she’s writing. She tries to hide that she suffers from polio, and romantic complications ensue.
Role Call: Lynda Gibson as Carol—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Samuel Fuller. Perf. Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Richard Kiley, Thelma Ritter. 20th Century Fox, 1953.
Synopsis: This film noir classic includes a brief library scene that combines microfilm, a pickpocket, and the first African-American librarian portrayal on film -— all in less than a minute!
Role Call: Jaye Loft-Lyn as Microfilm Library Clerk-—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Howard Deutch. Written by John Hughes. Perf. Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts. Paramount, 1986.
Synopsis: Classic ’80s high school drama. Andie (Ringwald) likes Blane (McCarthy), while her best friend, Duckie (Cryer) pines for Andie. There is a brief scene in the school library, in which Blane flirts with Andie via the school library’s computers. You can catch a brief glimpse of a school librarian in the scene.
Role Call: Unlisted female as school librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Patrice Leconte. Perf. Richard Madden, Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman. Fidélité Films, 2013. Based on the novel by Journey Into the Past by Stefan Zweig.
Synopsis: Set in 1912 in Germany, a young, hard-working man gains the trust and confidence of an older businessman — and then falls in love with the older man’s wife. There’s a very brief scene in the library in which the young man is researching resources about Mexico.
Role Call: Uncredited male as librarian — Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Philip Kaufman. Perf. Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. 20th Century Fox, 1993. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton.
Synopsis: To solve the crime of a young woman found strangled in the L.A. headquarters of a Japanese corporation, Lt. Web Smith (Snipes) partners with John Connor (Connery), an expert on Japanese culture. They delve into the seemingly seamy underworld of Japanese business etiquette. In one scene halfway through the film, Smith gets a tip that a weaselly investigator is digging up dirt on him at a newspaper library and enlisting the help of ‘Lilly the Librarian,’ who we glimpse very briefly.
Role Call: Uncredited female as Lilly the Librarian — Information Provider (female); Uncredited female as another newspaper librarian or assistant — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. David Anspaugh. Perf. Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton. TriStar, 1993. Based on a true story.
Synopsis: Rudy, although a below-average student with no natural athletic ability, has the determination and spirit to join the Notre Dame football team.
Role Call: Marie Anspaugh as Miss McKenzie—Information Provider (female)
Running on Empty (1988)
Details: Dir. Sidney Lumet. Perf. Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton. Warner Bros., 1988.
Synopsis: Two Vietnam War protestors (Lahti & Hirsch) have spent the last 20 years running from the FBI, but their eldest son (Phoenix) wants a life of his own.
Role Call: Justine Johnston as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Details: Dir. Bob Kelljan. Perf. William Marshall, Pam Grier. American International, 1973.
Synopsis: In this sequel to Blacula, an ex-policeman investigates a series of suspicious deaths. The ex-policeman visits a library in one brief scene. Notable for one of the least convincing library sets on screen.
Role Call: Sybil Scotford as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Shock Treatment (1964)
Details: Dir. Denis Sanders. Perf. Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowell, Lauren Bacall. 20th Century Fox, 1964. Based on the novel by Winfred Van Atta.
Synopsis: Private investigator Dale Nelson (Whitman) pretends to be a schizophrenic patient to get into a mental hospital; his real motive is to locate $1 million, hidden somewhere on the grounds.
Role Call: Harold Goodwin as Library Clerk (uncredited)—Information Provider (male)
The Snapper (1993)
Details: Dir. Stephen Frears. Perf. Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe. Miramax, 1993. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.
Synopsis: A young Irish woman (Kellegher), still living with her parents and siblings, finds out she’s pregnant. Her family and the whole town try to figure out the baby’s father.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jeannot Szwarc. Perf. Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright. Universal, 1980. Based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
Synopsis: A time-travel romance in which a Chicago playwright (Reeve) uses self-hypnosis to go back in time and meet the love of his life (Seymour).
Role Call: Noreen Walker as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Straight Talk (1992)
Details: Dir. Barnet Kellman. Perf. Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen. Hollywood Pictures, 1992.
Synopsis: A woman (Parton) leaves her boyfriend (Madsen) and small town to move to Chicago, where by accident, she becomes a radio host.
Role Call: Susan Philpot as Librarian—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Andrew Fleming. Perf. Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Charles. TriStar, 1994.
Synopsis: Three college roommates (Boyle, Baldwin & Charles) explore their sexuality in this dramedy.
Role Call: Anna Marie O’Donnell as Lady at Library—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Susan Johnson. Perf. Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, John Corbett. Netflix, 2018. Based on the novel by Jenny Han.
Synopsis: A teenage girl, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) has to deal with the romantic complications that ensue after her secret love letters are exposed. There is a brief school library scene early in the film, in which Lara Jean breaks the silence rule — but it’s not the reel librarian who enforces the silence rule, but rather fellow students!
Role Call: An uncredited woman as the school librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman. Perf. Jim Harris, Carol Drake, Carol Bevar. Troma Entertainment, 1981.
Synopsis: Plot follows different young women working as waitresses, including one woman trying to make it as an actress and another trying to make it as a writer in New York City. One short scene about a half-hour into the film takes place in the public library.
Role Call: Lola Ross as Librarian — Spinster Librarian / Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. John Badham. Perf. Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman. United Artists, 1983.
Synopsis: David, a computer whiz (Matthew Broderick), hacks into a computer game system, accidentally starting World War III. Is it a simulation, or a real-life crisis? A library research montage reveals how David discovers the secret password into the computer system. A reel librarian is seen very briefly in this montage scene.
Role Call: Uncredited female as an academic librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Alek Keshishian. Perf. Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey. Warner Bros., 1994.
Synopsis: Uptight Harvard student Monty (Fraser) accidentally drops the only copy of his thesis down a grate, where it lands in the library’s boiler room. Monty discovers a bum, Simon Wilder (Pesci), who holds the thesis hostage and turns Monty’s life upside down.
Role Call: Patricia B. Butcher as Librarian; Three uncredited females and one uncredited male—all Information Providers