Best Screenwriters

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Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Inherent Vice
Boogie Nights (5) - Magnolia (5) - There Will Be Blood (5) ” - giganticballer
David O. Russell
David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and survival; the family home as nexus of love...
“ 4.0 3-1 16
Silver Linings Playbook (4) - American Hustle (5) - Joy (5)
I Heart Huckabees (2) ” - giganticballer
“ The Gambler
3.6 4-1 18
The Departed (5) - Kingdom of Heaven (3) - Body of Lies (4) - Edge of Darkness (4)
Mojave (2) ” - giganticballer
David Ayer
Writer, Fury
David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, California...
“ Suicide Squad
3.6 4-1 18
Fast & the Furious (4) - Training Day (5) - SWAT (3) - End of Watch (4)
Fury (2) ” - giganticballer
“ Batman v Superman
3.6 4-1 18
Dark City (5) - Blade Trilogy (4) - Batman Begins (5) - Man of Steel (3)
Ghost Rider 2 (1) ” - giganticballer
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ Boyhood
Dazed and Confused (5) - Everybody Wants Some (3) ” - giganticballer
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ Star Wars 8
Brick (3) - Looper (4) ” - giganticballer
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Lucy
3.3 5-2 23
5th Element (4) - The Transporter (3) - Revolver (4) - Taken (4) - Colombiana (4)
The Professional (2) - Bandidas (2) ” - giganticballer
“ Point Break
3.2 4-1 16
Equilibrium (5) - The Recruit (3) - Salt (3) - Ultraviolet (3)
Law Abiding Citizen (2) ” - giganticballer
“ Bridge of Spies - Blood Simple
2.8 3-3 17
Raising Arizona (4) - Fargo (5) - Miller's Crossing (3)
Big Lebowski (2) - Intolerable Cruelty (1) - Burn After Reading (2) ” - giganticballer
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Nice Guys
2.8 2-2 11
Lethal Weapon (4) - Iron Man (3)
Long Kiss Goodnight (2) - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2) ” - giganticballer
“ LA Confidential - Conspiracy Theory - Payback - A Knights Tale - Mystic River - Man on Fire - Pelham 123 - Green Zone - Robin Hood - 42 ” - giganticballer
Tony Gilroy
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 and The Cutting Edge.
“ The Devil's Advocate - Armageddon - Proof of Life - Bourne movies - Michael Clayton - State of Play ” - giganticballer
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ True Romance - Resevoir Dogs - Pulp Fiction - Kill Bill - Inglorious Basterds - Django
Jackie Brown - Death Wish ” - giganticballer
“ Forrest Gump - The Insider - Ali - Munich - Benjamin Button ” - giganticballer
“ The Sopranos - Boardwalk Empire - Wolf of Wall St - Get Rich or Die Tryin - Vinyl ” - giganticballer
“ 3.8 4-0 15
Captain Phillips (5) - State of Play (3) - Breach (4) - Volcano (3) ” - giganticballer
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Desperado - Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Planet Terror - Machete ” - giganticballer
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous - Vanilla Sky - Jerry McGuire - Say Anything ” - giganticballer
“ Braveheart - Pearl Harbor - We Were Soldiers - Man in the Iron Mask ” - giganticballer
“ The Beach - 28 Days Later - Sunshine - Ex Machina ” - giganticballer
Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film...
“ The Usual Suspects - Valkyrie - Jack Reacher - Edge of Tomorrow
The Way of the Gun ” - giganticballer
Zak Penn
Zak Penn's career began as a screenwriter when he sold his first script, Last Action Hero, at the age of twenty-three. Since then, Penn has become known for his work on numerous films based on Marvel comics, including X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers. He has also dabbled in other genres...
“ PCU - Behind Enemy Lines - X Men Last Stand - The Incredible Hulk
Elektra ” - giganticballer
John August
Writer, Big Fish
John August's screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Titan A.E., Charlie's Angels, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. 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 Stark program at the University of Southern California...
“ Go - Big Fish - The Nines ” - giganticballer
“ Hurt Locker - Zero Dark 30 - In the Valley of Elah ” - giganticballer
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 screenwriting...
“ Armageddon - Shaft - Savages ” - giganticballer
“ Game of Thrones - Troy - Brothers
Stay ” - giganticballer
Leigh Whannell
Actor, Saw
Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's prestigious Media Arts course...
“ Saw - Insidious ” - giganticballer
Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ Place Beyond the Pines - Blue Valentine ” - giganticballer
Ryan Coogler
Director, Creed
“ Creed (4) - Fruitvale Station (5) ” - giganticballer
Dan Gilroy
Writer, Nightcrawler
Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy. His brother Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter and director; and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor. Through his father, he is of Italian, Irish and German descent...
“ Nightcrawler(4) - Two for the Money ” - giganticballer
“ Side Effects - Bourne Ultimatum
The Informant ” - giganticballer
“ Rounders - Girlfriend Experience
Runner Runner ” - giganticballer
Jon Favreau
Producer, Iron Man
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Swingers - Chef
Couples Retreat ” - giganticballer
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Buffy - Avengers
Firefly - Dollhouse ” - giganticballer
“ Mystic River - Gone Baby Gone
Shutter Island - The Drop ” - giganticballer
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...
“ Truman Show - Lord of War
The Terminal - In Time ” - giganticballer
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ The Mist ” - giganticballer
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Drag Me to Hell
Spiderman 3 ” - giganticballer
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 Malkovich
Eternal Sunshine ” - giganticballer
Paul Haggis
Writer, Crash
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
“ Casino Royale - The Next 3 Days
Crash - Million Dollar Baby - Quantam of Solace ” - giganticballer
Lilly Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out...
“ Bound - The Matrix
Assassins - V for Vendetta - Speed Racer - Cloud Atlas ” - giganticballer
“ Mr Robot
Comet ” - giganticballer
Diablo Cody
Writer, Juno
Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts. She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged and was something she did not particularly care for...
“ Juno
Jennifer's Body - Young Adult ” - giganticballer