Movies with Great Writing

My husband and I share a love for movies with great writing. We love well written dramas and well written comedies. We've been working our way through the Oscar winners for best original screenplay, but are looking for more movies (especially ones that aren't too heavy).

If you have more suggestions, please post in the comments below!
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1.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
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A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ One of our favorites. ” - Jordan H.
 
2.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ One of our favorites. ” - Jordan H.
 
3.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ One of our favorites. ” - Jordan H.
 
4.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One of our favorites. ” - Jordan H.
 
5.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ One of our favorites. ” - Jordan H.
 
6.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ Recommended by LI_Mom: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur2787953/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
7.
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door. (109 mins.)
Director: Milton Katselas
“ Recommended by LI_Mom: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur2787953/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
8.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
9.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
10.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
11.
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms. (135 mins.)
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
12.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
13.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
14.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
15.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
16.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Recommended by mjf314: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur10132199/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
17.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. (117 mins.)
Director: Tom Stoppard
“ Recommended by jpmccusa-1: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur7550542/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
18.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Recommended by jpmccusa-1: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur7550542/boards/profile ” - Jordan H.
 
19.
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Suggested by The_Etiquette: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur13920103/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
20.
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Suggested by The_Etiquette: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur13920103/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
21.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Suggested by The_Etiquette: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur13920103/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
22.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ Suggested by The_Etiquette: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur13920103/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
23.
The Queen (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Suggested by The_Etiquette: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur13920103/boards/profile/ ” - Jordan H.
 
24.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Suggested by VerbalKint2424 (http://www.imdb.com/user/ur23584656/boards/profile/): Chinatown is the best sceenplay ever written in my own opinion, but it's no drama/comedy (except there is a leetl Chinaman joke in there!), is quite heavy, but it's also a bit similar to Usual Suspects. ” - Jordan H.
 
25.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Suggested by an anonymous IMDb user ” - Jordan H.
 
26.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Suggested by an anonymous IMDb user ” - Jordan H.
 
27.
Clue (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ Suggested by an anonymous IMDb user ” - Jordan H.
 
28.
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
29.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
30.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
31.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
32.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
33.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ From Sara via Facebook. ” - Jordan H.
 
34.
Away We Go (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ From Jessica via Facebook ” - Jordan H.
 
35.
You Can Count on Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town. (111 mins.)
“ From Ross via Facebook ” - Jordan H.
 
36.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Col listed this as one of the best written movies ever on his 20th Anniversary List ” - Jordan H.
 
37.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Thanks for the suggestions IMDB folks. I can verify that this does indeed have excellent writing! ” - Jordan H.
 
38.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ At the suggestion of deni_scola. Thanks! ” - Jordan H.