Best Screenplays Ever Written


The Top TenXW

1Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
2Adaptation - Charlie Kaufman
3Citizen Kane - Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz
4The Big Lebowski - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
5Annie Hall - Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
6American Psycho - Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron
7Fargo - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
8Reservoir Dogs - Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
9Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
10Die Hard - Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza

The Contenders

1112 Angry Men - Reginald Rose

Almost the whole film was in a room and never bored me a bit - zxm

12Imitation of Life (1959) - Eleanore Griffin, Allan Scott

Was there ever a screenplay written that combines so many serious issues of society that are still relevant today and at the same time be so balanced and never superficial? The four main characters (they are two mothers and their daughters) are completely relatable, and each time one of them fulfills their wishes, another one of them becomes desperately unhappy. But none of them is selfish, it's just the situation. One of the mothers is black skinned, while her daughter is almost white. As long as people think she's white, she is accepted and popular, but when they figure out her mother is black, she gets excluded. So when the daughter rejects her mother, she hurts her feelings. When she does not, she herself gets rejected by society. The other mother is an actress, and as such, is always busy and never home. She can make good money from her job, but therefore can hardly be there for her teenage daughter, if she was, of course her career and her income would suffer. You see all the ...more - Martin_Canine

13All Quiet on the Western Front - George Abbott
14Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - William Rose
15Lucky Number Slevin - Jason Smilovic
16Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
17The Usual Suspects - Christopher McQuarrie
18The White Ribbon - Michael Haneke
19Boogie Nights - Paul Thomas Anderson
20Magnolia - Paul Thomas Anderson
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