The Best Screenplays Ever Written

of those I've read
I rate ONLY the screenplay here, not the movie

mostly the screenplays that have a life of their own - reading them you get an experience not *different* from that watching the movie, but the experience on a whole different plane, I'd say

for example, The Dark Knight is a terrific film, but its script is dead, super - professional, but you don't get anything from reading it, however, as I said, there are screenplays that have much more to them than there is in the movies made from them, here are my favorites:
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1.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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.)
 
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.)
 
3.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
4.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ the script is a million times better than the movie, I MEAN it ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
5.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ the original Tarantino script only
if it was a book, it would be right up there with Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, or even higher ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
6.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
7.
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
8.
Four Rooms (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four interlocking tales that take place in a fading hotel on New Year's Eve. (98 mins.)
“ Tarantino's room only, obviously ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
9.
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
 
10.
Death Proof (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. (113 mins.)
“ sadly, this is the *deadest* Tarantino script, however, being his it's a light year away from any other :) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
11.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ written by Paul Haggis ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
12.
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is an L.A. playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions... (107 mins.)
“ written & directed by
Michael Kalesniko ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
13.
Juno (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ by Diablo Cody

there are simply brilliant people, Diablo Cody is one of them ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
14.
Dogville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ written & directed by
Lars von Trier ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
15.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ written by
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
16.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual... (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ based on the novel by
Manuel Puig

written by
Leonard Schrader ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
17.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ by
Alan Ball ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
18.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ by
David Seidler

the script is so magnificent, it's a shame the movie failed to manifest this great piece of artistic work in its fullest. So many vital scenes and dialogues were omitted - I can imagine how hard it was on David Seidler, it's great that he has an Oscar to help him forget the pain :) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
19.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. (124 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ by
Douglas Day Stewart

the script is so much better, the direction in the movie was average - where it HAD to be CU, it was a medium shot - diminished the impact of the scenes terribly, plus some of the most important dialogue was omitted ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
20.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ by
Scott Silver
a lot of changes have been made in the movie, some for the better, but still the differences are such a treat ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
21.
The King of Comedy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ by
Paul D. Zimmerman

still, the movie is better :) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
22.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ by
Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
23.
Ghost World (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ by
Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
24.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ story by
Mark Andrus

written by
Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
25.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ by
Martin McDonagh ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
26.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ inspired by the play by
Alberto Casella

written by
Walter Ferris
Maxwell Anderson
Gladys Lehman
Ron Osborn
Jeff Reno
Kevin Wade
Bo Goldman ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
27.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ novel by
Rex Pickett

screenplay by
Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
28.
Analyze This (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss. (103 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ it's waaaay funnier than the movie

by
Peter Tolan
Kenneth Lonergan
Harold Ramis ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
29.
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ if you think about it - all there is is this terrific script - one location, but keeps you on edge

by
Larry Cohen ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
30.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The comic 'Bluntman and Chronic' is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie. (104 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ by
Kevin Smith ” - Tamara_Nartichti