101 Best Screenplays: WGA

Do ya feel lucky?I haven't read through the list prior to posting it. I get this info from the Writer's Guild and I stick it up here. Argue if you like. If I see "Crash" on here, I'll gnaw through my wrists and you should all do the same. While singing the Carebears theme.

Update: Just read it through. First of all, TOO MUCH BLACK. Will have to scatter piccies around to keep it readable. Additionally, our wrists are safe. And apparently, Woody Allen is the greatest screenwriter who ever lived. Hmmmmmmmm, up for debate.


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. not seen

2. THE GODFATHER, Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo. not seen

3. CHINATOWN, Written by Robert Towne own

4. CITIZEN KANE, Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles seen, adored

5. ALL ABOUT EVE. Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on "The Wisdom of Eve," a short story and radio play by Mary Orr not seen

6. ANNIE HALL, Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman seen

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

8. NETWORK, Written by Paddy Chayefsky not seen

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 not seen

10. THE GODFATHER II, Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo. Based on Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather" not seen

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

12. DR. STRANGELOVE, Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern. Based on novel "Red Alert" by Peter George seen

13. THE GRADUATE, Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb seen, meh, not that impressed actually

14. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Based on the life and writings of Col. T.E. Lawrence seen

15, THE APARTMENT, Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond seen, a brilliant little piece

16. PULP FICTION, Written by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary seen

17. TOOTSIE, Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart seen. Now, Larry Gelbart IS a genius! But where is M*A*S*H???

18. ON THE WATERFRONT, Screen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg. Based on "Crime on the Waterfront" articles by Malcolm Johnson not seen

19. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Screenplay by Horton Foote. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. not seen. Nor read. I know, I'm ashamed

20. 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 Seen, own, memorized

21. NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Written by Ernest Lehman not seen although I adore Hitchcock

22. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Screenplay by Frank Darabont. Based on the short story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King not seen

23. GONE WITH THE WIND, Screenplay by Sidney Howard. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell only saw the part where the kid falls off the pony and the part where Rhett drags the drunken Scarlett away from the brandy and upstairs to, presumably, domestic rape. Ew.

24. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth. not seen

25. THE WIZARD OF OZ, Screenplay by Noel Langley and Wizard of Oz JesusFlorence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf. Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum seen. Well, it was groundbreaking but I'm not sure it's actually that good

26. DOUBLE INDEMNITY, Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Based on the novel by James M. Cain seen once, long ago

27. GROUNDHOG DAY, Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Story by Danny Rubin. not seen, but lived. Day after goddam day.

28. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard not seen, limited Gwynneth tolerance

29, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, Written by Preston Sturges not seen

30. UNFORGIVEN, Written by David Webb Peoples seen, and yes it really does belong here

31. HIS GIRL FRIDAY, Screenplay by Charles Lederer. Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur not seen

32. FARGO, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen not seen

33. THE THIRD MAN, Screenplay by Graham Greene. Story by Graham Greene. Based on the short story by Graham Greene seen, brilliant

34. THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman. From a novelette by Ernest Lehman not seen although if I'm already this shameless I'm not sure I need it. Can already quote from it, "the cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river."

35. THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Written by Christopher McQuarrie not seen

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY, Screenplay by Waldo Salt. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy not seen

37. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart. Based on the play by Philip Barry seen. It was fun but that's all I can really say for it. No Bringing Up Baby!

38. AMERICAN BEAUTY, Written by Alan Ball Seen, remarkable. It's rare for an American film to be this bittersweet; that seems to be exclusively British

39. THE STING, Written by David S. Ward Seen, almost perfect

40. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, Written by Nora Ephron amusing, but it gets this place because so many people identify with it. Being ordinary is not the same as being great

41. GOODFELLAS, Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. Based on book "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi not seen

42. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman seen. Eight times. And I'm dying to see the scene-by-scene remake by those kids who did it in their basements

43. TAXI DRIVER, Written by Paul Schrader not seen. My mother wouldn't let me, although Jodi and I are the same age

44. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. Based on novel "Glory For Me" by MacKinlay Kantor not seen

45. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey not seen

46. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by B. Traven seen

47. THE MALTESE FALCON, Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett seen. Yes, very nice although The Thin Man was much better

48, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Screenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle seen

49, SCHINDLER'S LIST, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally not seen

50. THE SIXTH SENSE, Written by M. Night Shyamalan seen. It was different, but I'm not sure it was that good. I think it got this place on the strength of the twist

51. BROADCAST NEWS, Written by James L. Brooks not seen

52. THE LADY EVE, Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Story by Monckton Hoffe seen, long ago

53. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward seen. I think this is why I grew up so nosy. I wanna be these guys

54. MANHATTAN, Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman not seen

55. APOCALYPSE NOW, Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola. Narration by Michael Herr seen. Perfectly imperfect

56. BACK TO THE FUTURE, Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale seen

57. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, Written by Woody Allen not seen 58. ORDINARY PEOPLE, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent. Based on the novel by Judith Guest seen

59. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, Screenplay by Robert Riskin. Based on the story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams not seen

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60. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy seen, own61. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Screenplay by Ted Tally. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris not seen

62. MOONSTRUCK, Written by John Patrick Shanley seen. This made me believe in Nicolas Cage

63. JAWS, Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley seen

64. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, Screenplay by James L. Brooks. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry not seen

65. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown not seen

66. JERRY MAGUIRE, Written by Cameron Crowe seen, own. "You had me at 'Operating Thetan'!"

67. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Written by Melissa Mathison not seen. No, really!

68. STAR WARS, Written by George Lucas seen eighteen times. Wanna hear me recite it? Wadda ya mean no?

69. DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Screenplay by Frank Pierson. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore seen. A perfect seventies film, which is a fraught compliment if ever there was one

70. THE AFRICAN QUEEN, Screenplay by James Agee and John Huston. Based on the novel by C.S. Forester seen. Adore the chemistry between the leads; would the film be here without it?

71. THE LION IN WINTER, Screenplay by James Goldman. Based on the play by James Goldman not seen

72. THELMA & LOUISE, Written by Callie Khouri seen. I'd like to compare it to the original Vanishing Point, but haven't seen that one, just the Viggo remake

73. AMADEUS, Screenplay by Peter Shaffer. Based on his play seen, beautiful but not flawless

74. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, Written by Charlie Kaufman Brazilliant! Kaufman's the most creative person in Hollywood, perhaps in the US. Whatever Dean Kamen had, Charlie Kaufman stole, which explains Adaptation and the Segway, if you think about it

75. HIGH NOON, Screenplay by Carl Foreman. Based on short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham seenSnakes! Motherfuckin SNAKES! On a PLANE!

76. RAGING BULL, Screenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage not seen

77. ADAPTATION, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. Based on the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean seen. Another Kaufman gem. Adore the way Streep kept the conceits going during her interviews

78. ROCKY, Written by Sylvester Stallone seen. Stallone earned his place with this film, I don't care what crap he did since

79. THE PRODUCERS, Written by Mel Brooks not seen

80. WITNESS, Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley. Story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace seen, own

81. BEING THERE, Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski. Inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski seen, another perfect, strange film. Shirley Maclaine is the only person who could have played that part, and she's been playing it ever since

82. COOL HAND LUKE, Screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson. Based on the novel by Donn Pearce not seen

83. REAR WINDOW, Screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich seen. Adored. Don't you want to be Grace Kelly? I mean, like, in addition to the amount you want to be Grace Kelly all the time!

84. THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on his novel seen. Yes, perfect comedy

85. LA GRANDE ILLUSION, Written by Jean Renoir and Charles Spaak not seen. If we're doing French films, where is La Belle et la Bete?

86. HAROLD & MAUDE, Written by Colin Higgins I tried, really I did. Over and over. But like Trees Lounge, I just can't do it. About fifteen minutes into it I realize I'd rather be asleep and I go do that

87. 8 1/2, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi. Story by Fellini, Flaiano not see, I hope it's better than Satyricon

Blame Canada88. FIELD OF DREAMS, Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson. Based on the book by W.P. Kinsella not seen although I should, the book being Canajun and all

89. FORREST GUMP, Screenplay by Eric Roth. Based on the novel by Winston Groom not seen

90. SIDEWAYS, Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. Based on the novel by Rex Pickett not seen. Limited tolerance for those who dislike merlot. "There are bores, there are crushing bores, and then there are wine snobs."

91. THE VERDICT, Screenplay by David Mamet. Based on the novel by Barry Reed not seen

92. PSYCHO, Screenplay by Joseph Stefano. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch seen, over and over, although only the original. The last scene is a killer!

93. DO THE RIGHT THING, Written by Spike Lee not seen. Spike is such an asshole, his assoholism overshadows his accomplishments

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 seen. Impressive but I'm not sure biopic can be perfect

Poor Jerry! Not one mention!95. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Written by Woody Allen not seen

96. THE HUSTLER, Screenplay by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis not seen

97. THE SEARCHERS, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent. Based on the novel by Alan Le May never even heard of it; or is it that one about the tiny little people who have adventures? Maybe not.

98. THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck not seen, although I did read it

99. THE WILD BUNCH, Screenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah. Story by Walon Green and Roy Sickner not seen. And no Easy Rider? Hmmm, interesting choices

100. MEMENTO, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan. Based on the short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan not seen

101. NOTORIOUS, Written by Ben Hecht Yeah baby! Love this one.

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