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1.
Charlie Kaufman
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film...
“ Being John Malchovich (1999)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004)
Synecdoche, New York (2008) ” - felix87
 
2.
“ American Beauty (1999)
Nothing Is Private (2007) ” - felix87
 
3.
Kevin Williamson
Writer, Scream 2
Grew up in the New Bern, NC area. There is an actual Dawsons Creek in Oriental, NC where Williamson grew up.
“ Scream (1996) ” - felix87
 
4.
“ Blood Simple. (1984)
Raising Arizona (1987)
The Big Lebowski (1998) ” - felix87
 
5.
“ Harold and Maude (1971) ” - felix87
 
6.
Donald P. Bellisario
Writer, NCIS
Donald P. Bellisario was born in North Charleroi in Pennsylvania. His father ran the tavern, where he grew up listening to the war stories of vets returning from WWII. He had a fifteen-year career in advertising before moving to Hollywood. He broke into television as the story editor for Black Sheep Squadron...
“ "Tales of the Gold Monkey" (1982, tv)
"Quantum Leap" (1989, tv) ” - felix87
 
7.
“ Running with Scissors (2006)
American Horror Story (2011, tv) ” - felix87
 
8.
“ Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) ” - felix87
 
9.
“ Little Miss Sunshine (2006) ” - felix87
 
10.
“ Amores perros (2000)
Babel (2006) ” - felix87
 
11.
Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name "King"...
“ Cat's Eye (1985)
Pet Sematary (1989)
"It" (1990)
Sleepwalkers (1992) ” - felix87
 
12.
Chuck Palahniuk
Writer, Fight Club
Chuck is a low key writer who never stops writing and taking down notes to file away for future writing. Very funny, very creative and very thought provoking. His books often make you look at yourself in ways that you would never have before. Same goes for the world, he will make you notice things that you never did...
“ Choke (2008, novel) ” - felix87
 
13.
Irvine Welsh
Welsh's books have made him a cult figure within the writing world since the 1990s. Several of his books have become best sellers and all have a mixture of comedy, drama and hard-hitting issues...the best-known being Trainspotting which was made into a box-office smash worldwide at the movies in 1996...
“ The Acid House (1998)
Wedding Belles (2007, tv)
Good Arrows (2009)
The Magnificent Eleven (2013) ” - felix87
 
14.
“ El pisito (1959)
El cochecito (1960)
Una storia moderna: l'ape regina (1963)
La donna scimmia (1964)
Marcia nuziale (1965)
L'uomo dei cinque palloni aka Break-up (1965)
El jardín de las delicias (1970)
La grande bouffe (1973)
¡Ay, Carmela! (1990) ” - felix87
 
15.
“ The graduate (1967) ” - felix87
 
16.
“ Paths of Glory (1957)
The graduate (1967)
Little Big Man (1970) ” - felix87
 
17.
Terry Southern
Terry Southern began writing satirical, outrageous fiction at the age of 12, when he took it upon himself to rewrite various Edgar Allan Poe stories "because they didn't go far enough". After serving as a lieutenant in the army in World War II, he began writing short stories in earnest while studying at the Sorbonne...
“ Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Easy Rider (1969) ” - felix87
 
18.
Paul Schrader
Writer, Taxi Driver
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18...
“ Taxi Driver (1976) ” - felix87
 
19.
Michael Miner
Writer, RoboCop
Michael Miner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theater, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote and directed LABYRINTHS, which won a Focus and Cine Eagle Award, ALIAS JANE DOE, which was exhibited at the Deauville and Bilbao film festivals...
“ RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop 3 (1993) ” - felix87
 
20.
Edward Neumeier
Writer, RoboCop
Edward Neumeier is an American screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work on the science fiction movies RoboCop and Starship Troopers. He wrote the latter's sequel, and most recently wrote and directed Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Neumeier studied journalism at the University of...
“ RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Starship Troopers (1997) ” - felix87
 
21.
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he relates suspenseful events in a simple tone.
“ Citty citty bang bang (1968) ” - felix87
 
22.
Chris Columbus
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "Gremlins"...
“ Gremlins (1984) ” - felix87
 
23.
“ Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) ” - felix87
 
24.
“ Innerspace (1987)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
"Tales from the Crypt" (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
The phantom (1996) ” - felix87
 
25.
“ After Hours (1985) ” - felix87
 
26.
“ Weekend at Bernie's (1989) ” - felix87
 
27.
Bill Walsh
Producer, Mary Poppins
Bill Walsh was born in New York to immigrant parents (father from Canada, mother from Ireland). In his teen years he lived with relatives in Cincinnati, OH, and later attended the University of Cincinnati. In 1933 he joined the stock touring company of husband / wife team Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Fay as a writer...
“ The AbsentMinded Professor (1961)
Mary Poppins (1964)
The Love Bug (1968)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Flubber (1997) ” - felix87
 
28.
“ Mary Poppins (1964)
The Love Bug (1968)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) ” - felix87
 
29.
“ Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970), regia di Elio Petri
Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini (1970), regia di Vittorio De Sica
La classe operaia va in paradiso (1971), regia di Elio Petri
La proprietà non è più un furto (1973), regia di Elio Petri ” - felix87
 
30.
Adam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin is a writer/director/producer/actor whose eclectic career ranges from broad family comedies to gritty urban dramas. Most recently Rifkin wrote, directed, and starred in Homo Erectus, a comedy set in caveman times that had its World Premier at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. Additionally...
“ The Chase (1994)
"Bone Chillers" (1996)
Mousehunt (1997) ” - felix87
 
31.
“ Small Soldiers (1998)
The Mask of Zorro (1998) ” - felix87
 
32.
“ Small Soldiers (1998)
The Mask of Zorro (1998) ” - felix87
 
33.
John Sayles
Writer, Lone Star
A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea of publishing them in a novel--thus "Pride of the Bimbos" (1975) was born...
“ Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)
The Howling (1981) ” - felix87
 
34.
“ Home (2008)
Sister (2012) ” - felix87
 
35.
Andrew Stanton
Writer, Finding Nemo
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ Monsters Inc. (2001)
WALL·E (2008) ” - felix87
 
36.
Andrew Niccol
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director...
“ Gattaca (1997)
The Truman Show (1998) ” - felix87
 
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“ Being there (1979)
Reds (1981) ” - felix87
 
38.
Robert Towne
Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood...
“ The Last Detail (1973)
Chinatown (1974)
Shampoo (1975) ” - felix87
 
39.
Waldo Salt
Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 before being blacklisted in 1951 after refusing to testify before HUAC...
“ Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Serpico (1973)
Coming home (1978) ” - felix87
 
40.
James Schamus
Producer, Hulk
“ The Ice Storm (1997) ” - felix87
 
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“ The Party (1968) ” - felix87
 
42.
“ The party (19689 ” - felix87
 
43.
Ernest Lehman
One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "Sweet Smell of Success." He also worked as a radio comedy writer...
“ Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf (1966) ” - felix87
 
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“ Gangster Story (1967)
Superman (1978) ” - felix87
 
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“ The last picture show (1971) ” - felix87
 
46.
“ Choke (2008)
500 days of summer (2009) ” - felix87
 
47.
John A. Russo
With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, which has become recognized as a "horror classic." His three books on the art and craft of movie making have become bibles of independent production...
“ The night of the living dead (1968) ” - felix87
 
48.
“ Peeping Tom (1960) ” - felix87
 
49.
John Clifford
A native of Springfield, Illiinois, John Clifford moved to Chicago and lived with relatives after the deaths of his parents. Wanting to work as a writer--but feeling that he couldn't write anything longer than a joke-- Clifford began working as a joke writer, selling material to radio comedian Ken Murray...
“ Carnival of souls (1962) ” - felix87
 
50.
“ Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Kramer vs Kramer (1979) ” - felix87
 
51.
Rich Wilkes
Writer, xXx
“ Airheads (1994)
The Stöned Age (1994) ” - felix87
 
52.
“ Trading places (1983) ” - felix87
 
53.
“ Trading places (1983) ” - felix87
 
54.
“ The Ladykillers (1955) ” - felix87
 
55.
“ Dances with the wolves (1990) ” - felix87
 
56.
“ Last tango in Paris (1972) ” - felix87
 
57.
George Gallo
Writer, Bad Boys
George Gallo moved from Mamaroneck, New York and relocated in Los Angeles in 1982. After 4 years, he got the film "Wise Guys" produced with Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo. The classic buddy/cops and robbers picture "Midnight Run" came next with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Then in 1990, he wrote and directed "29th Street" which Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia...
“ Midnight Run (1988) ” - felix87
 
58.
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Born in Brest, France, in 1922, Alain Robbe-Grillet initially studied mathematics and biology. He graduated from the Paris-based Institut National Agronomique (National Institute of Agronomy) in 1945 and embarked on a career of scientific research in the tropics and in France. Then at age 30 he decided to change the direction of his career and concentrate on the thorny problem of literature...
“ L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961) ” - felix87
 
59.
Marguerite Duras
Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris...
“ Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) ” - felix87
 
60.
“ Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
La battaglia di Algeri (1966)
Queimada (1969) ” - felix87
 
61.
Tonino Guerra
Writer, Amarcord
Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years later he wrote the masterpiece...
“ Deserto rosso (1964)
Blow up (1968)
Uomini contro (1970)
To meteoro vima tou pelargou (aka The Suspended Step of the Stork
, 1991) ” - felix87
 
62.
“ Bad santa (2003) ” - felix87
 
63.
John Requa
Writer, Focus
“ Bad santa (2003) ” - felix87
 
64.
“ Ghost World (2001) ” - felix87
 
65.
Gary Ross
Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series The Hitchhiker in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big, his first screenplay to be made into a feature film...
“ Big (1988)
Pleasantville (1998) ” - felix87
 
66.
“ Detachment (2011) ” - felix87
 
67.
“ We need to talk about Kevin (2011) ” - felix87
 
68.
“ Land and freedom (1995) ” - felix87
 
69.
Luis Alcoriza
Writer, El
“ Los olvidados (1950)
El (1953)
El esqueleto de la señora Morales (1960)
El ángel exterminador (1962) ” - felix87
 
70.
“ Society (1989) ” - felix87
 
71.
“ Society (1989) ” - felix87
 
72.
“ I soliti ignoti (1958)
La grande guerra (1959)
I compagni (1963)
L'armata Brancaleone (1966) ” - felix87
 
73.
Jorge Semprún
Writer, Z
“ La guerre est finie (1966)
Z (1969)
Stavisky... (1974) ” - felix87
 
74.
Joseph L. McEveety
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Mary Poppins
“ The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)
No Deposit, No Return (1976) ” - felix87
 
75.
“ Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) ” - felix87
 
76.
William Goldman
Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in Hollywood.
“ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Marathon Man (1976)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) ” - felix87
 
77.
“ Cat Ballou (1965)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) ” - felix87
 
78.
“ 12 Angry Men (1957) ” - felix87
 
79.
Walter Newman
Sound Department, ER
“ Ace in the Hole (1951)
Cat Ballou (1965) ” - felix87
 
80.
Paddy Chayefsky
Writer, Network
Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "Middle of the Night".
“ Network (1976) ” - felix87
 
81.
James Poe
Attended Bronxville High School in Bronxville, New York and then St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.
“ They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) ” - felix87
 
82.
“ They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) ” - felix87
 
83.
Larry Gelbart
Writer, Tootsie
Author, writer and composer who was co-librettist for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". He joined ASCAP in 1957, and his popular-song compositions include "Wallflower" and "Let's Go Steady".
“ MASH (1972)
Tootsie (1982) ” - felix87
 
84.
“ Irma la Douce (1963)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The apartment (1960) ” - felix87
 
85.
“ Repulsion (1965)
Cul-de-sac (1966) ” - felix87
 
86.
Don McGuire
Writer, Tootsie
American screenwriter and director Don McGuire was a former Warner Brothers contract player and Hollywood press agent during the 1940s. He had a background in journalism, having begun his professional life as a reporter for the Hearst press. After four years of military service, he acted on screen in small roles as interns...
“ Tootsie (1982) ” - felix87
 
87.
“ Tootsie (1982) ” - felix87
 
88.
“ Tootsie (1982) ” - felix87
 
89.
“ The big sleep (1946)
Rio Bravo (1959) ” - felix87
 
90.
Jules Furthman
Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the most prolific...
“ The big sleep (1946)
Rio Bravo (1959) ” - felix87
 
91.
“ La cagna (1972)
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) ” - felix87
 
92.
Bo Goldman
There are but a few select screenwriters who are spoken of with the kind of reverence usually reserved for film Directors - Robert Towne, Alvin Sargent and Bo Goldman. Goldman is a screenwriter's screenwriter, and one of the most honored in motion picture history. The recipient of two Academy Awards...
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) ” - felix87
 
93.
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) ” - felix87
 
94.
“ If (1968)
Oh Lucky Man! (1973)
Britannia Hospital (1982) ” - felix87
 
95.
“ Ladri di biciclette (1948) ” - felix87
 
96.
“ Divorzio all'italiana (1961) ” - felix87
 
97.
“ Il grido (1957)
Divorzio all'italiana (1961) ” - felix87
 
98.
“ Roma, città aperta (1945)
Tales of ordinary madness (1981) ” - felix87
 
99.
“ Il grido (1957)
L'avventura (1960)
L'eclisse (1962) ” - felix87
 
100.
“ Ossessione (1943)
Riso amaro (1949) ” - felix87