Best Screenplays Ever Written

The Top Ten

1 Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
2 Network - Paddy Chayefsky

This is the greatest screenplay ever written, in my opinion. It has great poignancy and philosophical depth.

3 Annie Hall - Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
4 Clerks - Kevin Smith
5 Reservoir Dogs - Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Charlie Kaufman
7 12 Angry Men - Reginald Rose

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

8 Adaptation - Charlie Kaufman
9 Fargo - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
10 Citizen Kane - Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz

The Contenders

11 American Psycho - Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron
12 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Sergio Leone, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli and Luciano Vincenzoni
13 The Big Lebowski - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
14 The Shawshank Redemption - Frank Darabont
15 Seven - Andrew Kevin Walker
16 Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino
17 Life is Beautiful - Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami
18 The Godfather - Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
19 Imitation 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

20 Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
21 Lucky Number Slevin - Jason Smilovic
22 The Matrix - Lilly and Lana Wachowski
23 Once Upon a Time in America - Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini and Sergio Leone
24 Die Hard - Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza
25 All Quiet on the Western Front - George Abbott
26 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - William Rose
27 Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
28 The Usual Suspects - Christopher McQuarrie
29 The White Ribbon - Michael Haneke
30 Boogie Nights - Paul Thomas Anderson
31 Magnolia - Paul Thomas Anderson
32 Cloud Atlas - Lilly and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
33 Nymphomaniac: Volume I - Lars von Trier
34 Nymphomaniac: Volume II - Lars von Trier
35 Caché (Hidden) - Michael Haneke
36 A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick
37 V for Vendetta - Lilly and Lana Wachowski
38 Sunset Boulevard - Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D. M. Marshman, Jr.
39 All About Eve - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
40 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) - Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg
41 The Lion King - Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton
42 Princess Mononoke - Hayao Miyazaki
43 Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto
44 Wolf Children - Satoko Okudera and Mamoru Hosoda
45 Rebecca (1940) - Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood
46 Psycho (1960) - Joseph Stefano
47 The Great Dictator - Charlie Chaplin
48 From Dusk Till Dawn - Quentin Tarantino
49 Scream - Kevin Williamson
50 Casino - Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese
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