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101 Greatest Screenplays: The List

No.

TITLE

WRITER(S)

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

21

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Written by Ernest Lehman

22

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Screenplay by Frank Darabont. Based on the short story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King

23

GONE WITH THE WIND

Screenplay by Sidney Howard. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell

24

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth.

25

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

26

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Based on the novel by James M. Cain

27

GROUNDHOG DAY

Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Story by Danny Rubin.

28

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

29

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS

Written by Preston Sturges

30

UNFORGIVEN

Written by David Webb Peoples

31

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

Screenplay by Charles Lederer. Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur

32

FARGO

Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

33

THE THIRD MAN

Screenplay by Graham Greene. Story by Graham Greene. Based on the short story by Graham Greene.

34

THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman. From a novelette by Ernest Lehman

35

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Written by Christopher McQuarrie

36

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

Screenplay by Waldo Salt. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy

37

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart. Based on the play by Philip Barry

38

AMERICAN BEAUTY

Written by Alan Ball

39

THE STING

Written by David S. Ward

40

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

Written by Nora Ephron

41

GOODFELLAS

Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. Based on book "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi.

42

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman

43

TAXI DRIVER

Written by Paul Schrader

44

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. Based on novel "Glory For Me" by MacKinlay Kantor

45

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey

46

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by B. Traven

47

THE MALTESE FALCON

Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett

48

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

Screenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle

49

SCHINDLER'S LIST

Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally

50

THE SIXTH SENSE

Written by M. Night Shyamalan

51

BROADCAST NEWS

Written by James L. Brooks

52

THE LADY EVE

Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Story by Monckton Hoffe

53

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward

54

MANHATTAN

Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman

55

APOCALYPSE NOW

Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola. Narration by Michael Herr

56

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale

57

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

Written by Woody Allen

58

ORDINARY PEOPLE

Screenplay by Alvin Sargent. Based on the novel by Judith Guest

59

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

Screenplay by Robert Riskin. Based on the story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams

60

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy

61

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Screenplay by Ted Tally. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris

62

MOONSTRUCK

Written by John Patrick Shanley

63

JAWS

Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley

64

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

Screenplay by James L. Brooks. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry

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

66

JERRY MAGUIRE

Written by Cameron Crowe

67

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Written by Melissa Mathison

68

STAR WARS

Written by George Lucas

69

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

Screenplay by Frank Pierson. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore

70

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

Screenplay by James Agee and John Huston. Based on the novel by C.S. Forester

71

THE LION IN WINTER

Screenplay by James Goldman. Based on the play by James Goldman

72

THELMA & LOUISE

Written by Callie Khouri

73

AMADEUS

Screenplay by Peter Shaffer. Based on his play.

74

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

Written by Charlie Kaufman

75

HIGH NOON

Screenplay by Carl Foreman. Based on short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham

76

RAGING BULL

Screenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage

77

ADAPTATION

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. Based on the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean

78

ROCKY

Written by Sylvester Stallone

79

THE PRODUCERS

Written by Mel Brooks

80

WITNESS

Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley. Story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace

81

BEING THERE

Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski. Inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski

82

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 1/2

Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi. 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

*Voted on by the members of the Writers Guilds, west and East.

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