101 Greatest Screenplays
The Writers Guild of America recently announced the 101 Greatest Screenplays. I am a huge fan of film. Many of my personal favorites are included on the list. Shakespeare In Love came in #28. Some Like it Hot at #9. Writer/Director Billy Wilder (all bow to Mr. Wilder) made the list several times. Woo-hoo! I was thrilled to see that Memento made the list. Came in at 100, but, hey, it's on the list. I remember being riveted in my seat, thinking how did the writer conceive this way of telling the story and how in the world did he figure out how to do it? Brilliant.
That's what I like about this list. It celebrates writers. Screenwriters. I'm beginning to think that writing a compelling screenplay is harder than writing a compelling novel. I say that because I'm blown away by more books than films. Although to be fair, maybe the piece was stronger before the director, and whoever else got their hands on it. At any rate I've noted WGA's top 25 below. Be sure to hop over to WGA and check out the entire list. It's pretty fascinating. I've seen at least 85% of the 101. Of the top 25, I have seen all but three. Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Blockbuster here I come.
How about you? How many of the Top 25 have you missed out on? Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a classic movie marathon? I'll bring the popcorn!
Screenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Robert Towne
Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles
ALL ABOUT EVE
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman Jr.
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
SOME LIKE IT HOT
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
THE GODFATHER II
Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
Written by William Goldman
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern
Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson.
Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
Written by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal.
ON THE WATERFRONT
Screen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Screenplay by Horton Foote.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich &amp;amp; Albert Hackett & Frank Capra.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Written by Ernest Lehman
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Screenplay by Frank Darabont.
GONE WITH THE WIND
Screenplay by Sidney Howard.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf.