Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Best Screenplays

As we all know, good writing is pivotal to any aspect of cinema – critique, movie pitching or in description, but it really matters in the film. A poorly written script can make a potentially good movie a clunker, and a good script can make a masterpiece. The 10 best by year, then. A just for fun…Green for original, blue for adapted.

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01. Brokeback Mountain (Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry)
02. Capote (Danny Futterman)

03. Caché (Michael Hanake)
04. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
05. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Jud Apatow & Steve Carell)
06. A History of Violence (Josh Olson)
07. The Constant Gardener (Jeffrey Caine)
08. Munich (Tony Kushner & Eric Roth)
09. Me & You and Everyone we Know (Miranda July)
10. Pride & Prejudice (Deborah Moggach)

01. Sideways (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor)
02. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
03. Before Sunset (Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan & Richard Linklater)
04. Hotel Rwanda (Keir Pearson & Terry George)
05. The Motorcycle Diaries (Jose Riveria)
06. Garden State (Zach Braff)
07. P.S… (Dylan Kidd)
08. Kinsey (Bill Condon)
09. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach)
10. Mean Girls (Tina Fey)

01. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson & David Reynolds)
02. The Station Agent (Tom McCarthy)
03. The Barbarian Invasions (Dennis Arcand)

04. Mystic River (Brian Helgeland)
05. American Splendour (Shari Berman & Robert Pulcini)
06. The School of Rock (Mike White)
07. Good Bye Lenin! (Bernd Litchtenberg)
08. Shattered Glass (Billy Ray)
09. Love Actually (Richard Curtis)
10. Swimming Pool (François Ozon)

01. Dirty Pretty Things (Steven Knight)
02. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
03. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes)
04. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor)
05. About a Boy (Chris & Paul Weitz)
06. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar)
07. The Hours (David Hare)
08. Adaptation. (Donald & Charlie Kaufman)
09. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Charlie Kaufman)
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos)

01. The Closet (Francis Veber)
02. My Sassy Girl (Jae Young Kwak)
03. Gosford Park (Julian Fellowes)
04. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson)
05. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillame Laurant)

06. The Experiment (Mario Giordano, Cristoph Darnstadt & Don Bohlinger)
07. A Beautiful Mind (Avika Goldsman)
08. Shrek (Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman & Roger S.H. Schulman)
09. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
10. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding, Andrew Davis & Richard Curtis)

And you?


TBP4 said...

Only winners...

2005: The New World -- Terrence Malick
2004: 2046 -- Wong Kar-Wai*
2003: Lost in Translation -- Sophia Coppola*
2002: Adaptation. -- Charlie Kaufman*
2001: Mulholland Drive -- David Lynch
2000: Yi Yi -- Edward Yang*

*Denotes probable first time writing win

MysticFist said...

TBP4 eats at McDonalds.

Emma said...

Yup. TBP, we have a MacDonalds rule that you just broke.

TBP4 said...

Oh how clever. **coughNOTcough**

MysticFist said...

So, I hate The Royal Tenenbaums's script (or anything else about the film), but all your other favourites range from good to great. Nice lists. Interesting that someone would rank The Closet's screenplay so high up their 2001 list. Well, you're being original, at least!

Anonymous said...

All bad scripts. Where's Lost in Translation? ROKT!

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