Best Screenplay Movies of All Time

What is a screenplay? Before we answer that, let us first decode what a screenplay is definitely not. It is neither a play and nor is it a novel. Unlike the writer writing for a novel who has complete freedom to explore any point of view, shift between conscious and subconscious mind, explore a character or a story from multiple perspectives, etc., the screenwriter should at all times write in the present tense and make sure that what is written is only what the audience can see and hear. A screenplay is visual and is a written work by screenwriters for a film, video game or television program.

And what makes a great screenplay?  From Casablanca to The Shawshank Redemption, the elements of a great script are essentially the same. Here is our list of the Top 25 Best Screenwriting Works. Take some time out and do watch these remarkable movies.

  • CASABLANCA
    Screenplay by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. Based on the play ‘Everybody Comes to Rick’s’ by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.
  • THE GODFATHER
    Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo.
  • CHINATOWN
    Written by Robert Towne.
  • CITIZEN KANE
    Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles.
  • ALL ABOUT EVE
    Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on ‘The Wisdom of Eve’, a short story and radio play by Mary Orr.
  • ANNIE HALL

Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman.

  • SUNSET BLVD.
    Written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.
  • NETWORK
    Written by Paddy Chayefsky.
  • SOME LIKE IT HOT
    Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Based on ‘Fanfare of Love’ a German film written by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan.
  • THE GODFATHER II
    Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo. Based on Mario Puzo’s novel ‘The Godfather’.
  • BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

Written by William Goldman.

  • STRANGELOVE
    Screenplay 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 and I.A.L. Diamond.
  • PULP FICTION
    Written by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino and 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 and Frank Capra. Based on the 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 and 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.

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