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Monday, April 10, 2006

101 Top Screenplays of All-Time

Selected by the Writers Guild of America:

1. CASABLANCA Screenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. Based on the play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

2. THE GODFATHER Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo

3. CHINATOWN Written by Robert Towne

4. CITIZEN KANE Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles

5. ALL ABOUT EVE Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on "The Wisdom of Eve," a short story and radio play by Mary Orr

6. ANNIE HALL Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

7. SUNSET BLVD. Written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.

8. NETWORK Written by Paddy Chayefsky

9. SOME LIKE IT HOT Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond. Based on "Fanfare of Love," a German film written by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan

10. THE GODFATHER II Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo. Based on Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather"

11. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID Written by William Goldman

12. DR. STRANGELOVEScreenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern. Based on novel "Red Alert" by Peter George
THE GRADUATE Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Based on the life and writings of Col. T.E. Lawrence
THE APARTMENT Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
PULP FICTION Written by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
TOOTSIE Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart
ON THE WATERFRONT Screen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg. Based on "Crime on the Waterfront" articles by Malcolm Johnson
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Screenplay by Horton Foote. Based on the novel by Harper Lee
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank Capra. Based on short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Contributions to screenplay Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling
NORTH BY NORTHWEST Written by Ernest Lehman
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Screenplay by Frank Darabont. Based on the short story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King
GONE WITH THE WIND Screenplay by Sidney Howard. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
THE WIZARD OF OZ Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
DOUBLE INDEMNITY Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Based on the novel by James M. Cain
GROUNDHOG DAY Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Story by Danny Rubin
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS Written by Preston Sturges
UNFORGIVEN Written by David Webb Peoples
HIS GIRL FRIDAY Screenplay by Charles Lederer. Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
FARGO Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
THE THIRD MAN Screenplay by Graham Greene. Story by Graham Greene. Based on the short story by Graham Greene
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman. From a novelette by Ernest Lehman
THE USUAL SUSPECTS Written by Christopher McQuarrie
MIDNIGHT COWBOY Screenplay by Waldo Salt. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy
THE PHILADELPHIA STORYScreenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart. Based on the play by Philip Barry
AMERICAN BEAUTY Written by Alan Ball
THE STING Written by David S. Ward
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Written by Nora Ephron
GOODFELLAS Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. Based on book "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman
TAXI DRIVER Written by Paul Schrader
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. Based on novel "Glory For Me" by MacKinley Kantor
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by B. Traven
THE MALTESE FALCON Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI Screenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle
SCHINDLER'S LIST Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally
THE SIXTH SENSE Written by M. Night Shyamalan
BROADCAST NEWS Written by James L. Brooks
THE LADY EVE Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Story by Monckton Hoffe
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
MANHATTAN Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman
APOCALYPSE NOW Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola. Narration by Michael Herr
BACK TO THE FUTURE Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
ORDINARY PEOPLE Screenplay by Alvin Sargent. Based on the novel by Judith Guest
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Screenplay by Robert Riskin. Based on the story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Screenplay by Ted Tally. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris
MOONSTRUCKWritten by John Patrick Shanley
JAWS Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Screenplay by James L. Brooks. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
JERRY MAGUIRE Written by Cameron Crowe
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Written by Melissa Mathison
STAR WARS Written by George Lucas
DOG DAY AFTERNOON Screenplay by Frank Pierson. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore
THE AFRICAN QUEEN Screenplay by James Agee and John Huston. Based on the novel by C.S. Forester
THE LION IN WINTER Screenplay by James Goldman. Based on the play by James Goldman
THELMA & LOUISE Written by Callie Khouri
AMADEUS Screenplay by Peter Shaffer. Based on his play
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH Written by Charlie Kaufman
HIGH NOON Screenplay by Carl Foreman. Based on short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham
RAGING BULL Screenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage
ADAPTATION Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. Based on the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean
ROCKY Written by Sylvester Stallone
THE PRODUCERS Written by Mel Brooks
WITNESS Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley. Story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace
BEING THERE Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski. Inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski
COOL HAND LUKE Screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson. Based on the novel by Donn Pearce
83. REAR WINDOW Screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich

84. THE PRINCESS BRIDE Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on his novel

85. LA GRANDE ILLUSION Written by Jean Renoir and Charles Spaak

86. HAROLD & MAUDE Written by Colin Higgins

87. 8 1/2Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rond. Story by Fellini, Flaiano

88. FIELD OF DREAMS Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson. Based on the book by W.P. Kinsella

89. FORREST GUMP Screenplay by Eric Roth. Based on the novel by Winston Groom

90. SIDEWAYS Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. Based on the novel by Rex Pickett

91. THE VERDICT Screenplay by David Mamet. Based on the novel by Barry Reed

92. PSYCHO Screenplay by Joseph Stefano. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch

93. DO THE RIGHT THING Written by Spike Lee

94. PATTON Screen Story and Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North. Based on "A Soldier's Story" by Omar H. Bradley and "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" by Ladislas Farago

95. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS Written by Woody Allen

96. THE HUSTLER Screenplay by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis
97. THE SEARCHERS Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent. Based on the novel by Alan Le May

98. THE GRAPES OF WRATH Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck

99. THE WILD BUNCH Screenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah. Story by Walon Green and Roy Sickner

100. MEMENTO Screenplay by Christopher Nolan. Based on the short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan

101. NOTORIOUS Written by Ben Hecht


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At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice and comprehensive list. I agree completely. Every movie you listed belongs there... except there are two obscure independent films that I think deserve mention.
"Where the Day Takes you", not one in a million have seen this movie and "Drugstore Cowboy". Other than that, your list is great. Thanks for the cool site and reviews.

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