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WGA's 101 Greatest Screenplays 
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The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Cane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here.

The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry Maguire" and "Thelma & Louise."

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

13. THE GRADUATE
Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb

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

15. THE APARTMENT
Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

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

17. TOOTSIE
Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart

18. ON THE WATERFRONT
Screen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg. Based on "Crime on the Waterfront" articles by Malcolm Johnson

19. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Screenplay by Horton Foote. Based on the novel by Harper Lee

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


full list here:
http://www.wga.org/subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=1684


Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:31 pm
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Coppola may not be anyone's favorite auteur, but The Godfather has to be the best screenplay Hollywood has ever come up with, hands down.


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The amount of adaptations bothers me, particularly in the case of movies like To Kill a Mockingbird, which pretty much faithfully adapt an amazing novel.

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not a lot of action movies on the list - only Jaws & Raiders. Thought Die Hard or The Terminator would make it.

and Shakespeare In Love on the list, but no Saving Private Ryan....


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The amount of adaptations bothers me


I read the WGA's screenplay list this morning via IMDB and thought the same thing.

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For The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola worked mostly from the novel and his own notes, rather than a proper screenplay.

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The amount of adaptations bothers me, particularly in the case of movies like To Kill a Mockingbird, which pretty much faithfully adapt an amazing novel.

To Kill A Mockingbird mostly ditched the kids' perspective, which pretty significantly changes the tone of the story.

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I saw a theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird in Atlanta in 1997. It was incredible.

Atticus used a proper shotgun blank when in the hunting scene and the crowd near shit their pants.

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JamesKunz wrote:
The amount of adaptations bothers me


Well, in fairness to the WGA, it's supposed to be the 101 Greatest Screenplays, not the 101 Greatest Original Screenplays.


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JamesKunz wrote:
The amount of adaptations bothers me


Well, in fairness to the WGA, it's supposed to be the 101 Greatest Screenplays, not the 101 Greatest Original Screenplays.


:roll: Well...yeah...if the list was called the "101 Greatest Original Screenplays" then the inclusion of adaptations would just be absurd, wouldn't it? My point is that if we're taking the greatest screenplays ever written, more credence should be given to originality.

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