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 Big Lebowski - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
13 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

14 Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
15 Lucky Number Slevin - Jason Smilovic
16 Die Hard - Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza
17 All Quiet on the Western Front - George Abbott
18 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - William Rose
19 Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
20 The Usual Suspects - Christopher McQuarrie
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