The BEST mainstream screenwriters.

by a_NORMAL_movie_fan | created - 26 Nov 2013 | updated - 26 Nov 2013 | Public

1. Ehren Kruger

Writer | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Ehren Kruger was born on October 5, 1972. He is a writer and producer, known for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).

2. Michael Arndt

Writer | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

3. Alex Kurtzman

Producer | Sleepy Hollow

Alex Kurtzman was born on September 7, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alexander Hilary Kurtzman. He is a producer and writer, known for Sleepy Hollow (2013), Star Trek (2009) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). He is married to Samantha Counter.

4. Roberto Orci

Producer | Star Trek

Roberto Orci was born on July 20, 1973 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek (2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Fringe (2008).

5. Kelly Marcel

Writer | Fifty Shades of Grey

Kelly is primarily a writer for film and television but started her career in musical theater with the UK version of "Debbie Does Dallas, the Musical".

She is a co-artistic director of "The Bad Dog Theater Company"; founded in 2010 alongside the actor Tom Hardy and fellow writer Brett C. Leonard.

She...

8. Randall Wallace

Writer | We Were Soldiers

Randall Wallace was born on July 28, 1949 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for We Were Soldiers (2002), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Braveheart (1995).

9. Christopher Markus

Writer | Captain America: The First Avenger

Christopher Markus is a writer and producer, known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). He has been married to Claire Saunders since October 22, 2011.

10. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Interstellar

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

11. John Logan

Writer | Skyfall

John Logan was a playwright in Chicago for ten years before writing, on spec, his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday." He won the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for his play RED, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the Golden Theatre on ...

12. Neal Purvis

Writer | Skyfall

Neal Purvis was born on September 9, 1961. He is a writer and producer, known for Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006) and Spectre (2015).

13. Drew Pearce

Writer | Iron Man Three

Drew Pearce was born on August 24, 1975. He is a producer and writer, known for Iron Man Three (2013), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and Hotel Artemis.

14. André Nemec

Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Andre Nemec (born 1972) is an American writer and producer. His screenplays include Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He is also the co-creator of ABC Studios dramas "October Road," "Life on Mars" and "Happy Town." Other past credits include "Alias," "Fastlane", "She Spies" and "Profiler."

Nemec ...

16. Scott Rosenberg

Writer | Beautiful Girls

Scott Rosenberg was born on April 24, 1963 in Needham, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Beautiful Girls (1996), Con Air (1997) and Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000).

17. Jonathan Hensleigh

Writer | Armageddon

One of the most prolific screenwriters in the action/adventure genre, Jonathan started his career writing episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) for George Lucas and ABC. He wrote Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), re-conceived from his original spec script "Simon Says". He followed ...

18. Lawrence Kasdan

Writer | The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

19. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

20. Mark Fergus

Writer | Children of Men

Mark Fergus is a writer and producer, known for Children of Men (2006), Iron Man (2008) and The Expanse (2015).

22. Aline Brosh McKenna

Writer | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Aline Brosh McKenna was born on August 2, 1967 in New Jersey, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Morning Glory (2010).

23. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Spider-Man (2002).

24. Deborah Kaplan

Writer | Can't Hardly Wait

Writer/director Deborah Kaplan met partner, writer/director Harry Elfont, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' prestigious film school. In a strange coincidence, they discovered that their parents were friends and that they both attended neighboring high schools in Philadelphia. Kaplan had spent time...

25. Ron Shelton

Writer | Bull Durham

Ron Shelton was born on September 15, 1945 in Whittier, California, USA as Ronald Wayne Shelton. He is a writer and director, known for Bull Durham (1988), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Tin Cup (1996). He is married to Lolita Davidovich. They have one child.

26. John August

Writer | The Nines

John August's screenwriting credits include Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Titan A.E. (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter ...

27. David Benioff

Writer | Game of Thrones

David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as David Friedman. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Kite Runner (2007) and 25th Hour (2002). He has been married to Amanda Peet since September 30, 2006. They have three children.

28. Mark Protosevich

Writer | The Cell

Mark Protosevich was born on August 24, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Mark David Protosevich. He is a writer and producer, known for The Cell (2000), Old Boy (2013) and Thor (2011).

29. Michael Barrie

Writer | Bad Boys

Michael Barrie is known for his work on Bad Boys (1995), Oscar (1991) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993).

30. Peter M. Lenkov

Producer | R.I.P.D.

Peter M. Lenkov is a producer and writer, known for R.I.P.D. (2013), MacGyver (2016) and Demolition Man (1993). He is married to Audie England. They have four children.

31. Marianne Wibberley

Writer | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Marianne Wibberley was born on June 12, 1965 in California, USA as Marianne Sellek. She is a writer and producer, known for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The 6th Day (2000) and I Spy (2002). She has been married to Cormac Wibberley since October 29, 1983. They have one child.

32. Cormac Wibberley

Writer | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Cormac Wibberley was born on October 28, 1959 in California, USA as Cormac O'Connor Wibberley. He is a writer and producer, known for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The 6th Day (2000) and I Spy (2002). He has been married to Marianne Wibberley since October 29, 1983. They have one child.

33. Shane Black

Writer | The Nice Guys

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

34. William Broyles Jr.

Writer | Apollo 13

William Broyles Jr. was born on October 8, 1944 in Harris County, Texas, USA as William Dodson Broyles Jr. He is known for his work on Apollo 13 (1995), Cast Away (2000) and Planet of the Apes (2001). He is married to Andrea Bettina Berndt. They have three children. He was previously married to ...

35. Michael Schiffer

Writer | Crimson Tide

Michael Schiffer is a writer and producer, known for Crimson Tide (1995), The Peacemaker (1997) and The Four Feathers (2002).

36. John Brancato

Writer | The Game

John Brancato was born on November 8, 1958 in the USA as John Dominic Brancato. He is a writer and producer, known for The Game (1997), The Net (1995) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). He has been married to Jennifer Long since March 21, 1987.

37. Michael Ferris

Writer | The Game

Michael Ferris was born on January 29, 1961 in the USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Game (1997), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and The Net (1995).

38. Eric Roth

Writer | The Insider

Eric Roth was born on March 22, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Insider (1999), Forrest Gump (1994) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He is married to Debra Greenfield. They have five children.

39. James Vanderbilt

Writer | Zodiac

James Vanderbilt was born in 1975 in the USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Zodiac (2007), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Basic (2003).

40. Andrew Kevin Walker

Writer | Se7en

Andrew Kevin Walker was born on August 14, 1964 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Se7en (1995), The Follow (2001) and Fight Club (1999).

41. Lizzy Weiss

Writer | Switched at Birth

Lizzy Weiss was born in 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Switched at Birth (2011), Blue Crush (2002) and Cashmere Mafia (2008).

42. Leslye Headland

Writer | Sleeping with Other People

Leslye Headland was born on November 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslye Ann Headland. She is a writer and director, known for Sleeping with Other People (2015), Bachelorette (2012) and Terriers (2010). She has been married to Rebecca Henderson since September 18, 2016.

43. Theodore Witcher

Writer | Love Jones

Theodore Witcher is a writer and director, known for Love Jones (1997), Body Count (1998) and ABFF Honors (2017).

44. Skip Woods

Writer | Thursday

Skip Woods is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for "Swordfish", the film adaptation of the Hitman video game series, and the 5th installment of the Die Hard franchise, "A Good Day to Die Hard". He lives in Austin, Texas. Woods is also a partner in ...

45. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

46. Glen Morgan

Producer | The X Files

Glen Morgan was born on January 16, 1947 in San Francisco, California, USA as Glenn Duane Morgan. He is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), The One (2001) and Willard (2003). He has been married to Kristen Cloke since June 13, 1998. They have four children. He was previously ...

47. Brad Falchuk

Producer | Glee

Brad Falchuk is a producer and writer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Nip/Tuck (2003). He is married to Suzanne Bukinik. They have two children.

Mainly for American Horror Story.

48. Ryan Murphy

Writer | Glee

Ryan Murphy was born on November 30, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Eat Pray Love (2010). He has been married to David Miller since July 4, 2012. They have two children.

Mainly for American Horror Story

49. Steve Kloves

Writer | Wonder Boys

Steve Kloves was born on March 18, 1960 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Wonder Boys (2000), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).

50. Craig Mazin

Writer | Identity Thief

Craig Mazin was born on April 8, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Identity Thief (2013), The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013).

51. John Ridley

Producer | 12 Years a Slave

John Ridley is the author of seven published novels, the most recent, What Fire Cannot Burn from Warner Books and The Drift from Knopf. His first novel, Stray Dogs, was made into the feature film U Turn (1997) directed by Oliver Stone and starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Nolte. ...

52. Tony Gilroy

Writer | Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate (1997) and The Cutting Edge (1992).

53. Shane Salerno

Writer | Avatar 2

Shane Salerno has been a professional screenwriter since the age of 19. In the years that have followed Detour Magazine has named Salerno as "one of Hollywood's true shapers of popular culture" and Fade In magazine selected him as one of the "100 people you need to know in Hollywood". His diverse ...

55. David Weisberg

Writer | Criminal

David Weisberg is a writer and actor, known for Criminal (2016), The Rock (1996) and Double Jeopardy (1999).

57. Ted Elliott

Writer | Shrek

Ted Elliott was born on July 4, 1961 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

60. Terry Rossio

Writer | Shrek

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

61. Linda Woolverton

Writer | Maleficent

Linda Woolverton was born in Long Beach, California, graduating from high school in 1969 and having been an honors student in her schools theater program. She enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a BFA in Theater Arts in 1973. She worked full-time for a year in the ...

62. Dan Scanlon

Writer | Monsters University

Dan Scanlon was born on June 21, 1976 in Michigan, USA as Daniel Michael Scanlon. He is known for his work on Monsters University (2013), Tracy (2009) and Cars (2006). He is married to Michele Dahl Harrell.

63. Chris Morgan

Writer | Furious Seven

Chris Morgan is a writer and producer, known for Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Furious 6 (2013).

64. Derek Haas

Writer | The Double

Derek Haas was born on June 30, 1970. He is a writer and producer, known for The Double (2011), Chicago P.D. (2014) and Wanted (2008).

65. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Tesis (1996). His film ...

66. Katie Dippold

Writer | The Heat

Katie Dippold was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for The Heat (2013), Parks and Recreation (2009) and Ghostbusters (2016).

67. Billy Ray

Writer | Shattered Glass

Billy Ray is a writer and director, known for Shattered Glass (2003), Captain Phillips (2013) and The Hunger Games (2012). He is married to Stacy Sherman. They have two children.

68. Brian Helgeland

Writer | A Knight's Tale

Brian Helgeland was born on January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Brian Thomas Helgeland. He is a writer and director, known for A Knight's Tale (2001), Man on Fire (2004) and 42 (2013).

69. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and The Night Before (2015).

70. David Lindsay-Abaire

Writer | Rabbit Hole

David Lindsay-Abaire was born on November 30, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer, known for Rabbit Hole (2010), Poltergeist (2015) and Rise of the Guardians (2012).