Best Screenwriters

by KalKenobi83 | created - 05 Jan 2013 | updated - 11 Sep 2016 | Public

These guys are great with a pen

1. 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.

Star wars,Indiana Jones and The Upcoming Han Solo Spinoff

2. 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 ...

Beauty and The beast(1991),The Lion King,Mulan and The Upcoming Beauty And Beast(2017) Live action film

3. William Wisher

Writer | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

William Wisher is a writer and actor, known for Terminator 2 (1991), The Terminator (1984) and Judge Dredd (1995).

Terminator 2(T2):Judgement Day

4. 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 ...

Starship Troopers

5. David S. Goyer

Writer | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Dark City (1998) and Batman Begins (2005). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children.

Blade Trilogy , Jumper,Batman Begins,Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman:Dawn Of Justice

6. 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, "...

Co Writer for The Prestige,Inception,Momento, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Upcoming Dunkirk

Lord of The Rings Triliogy,Hobbit Triliogy and King Kong

8. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

Dredd,Sunshine,Ex Machina and The Upcoming Annilhation

9. Taylor Sheridan

Writer | Wind River

Taylor Sheridan is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for wrote the screenplay for Sicario (2015), and Hell or High Water (2016), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

He also starred in FX television series Sons of Anarchy, and ...


10. George R.R. Martin

Writer | Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, a screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the ...

Game Of Thrones

11. 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.

Troy,X Men Origins Wolverine and Game Of Thrones

12. 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).

Toy Story 3,Catching Fire, Oblivion and Star Wars The Force Awakens

13. Jim Cash

Writer | Anaconda

A three-time college dropout, Jim Cash received a bachelor's in English from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1970, followed by an master's in Television and Radio in 1972. As a professor of writing and film history, in 1975 Cash met a student while working at MSU, Jack Epps, Jr., who would later...

Top Gun

14. Jack Epps Jr.

Writer | Anaconda

Jack Epps Jr. was born on November 3, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Anaconda (1997), Top Gun (1986) and Dick Tracy (1990).

Top Gun

15. Dwayne McDuffie

Producer | Justice League

Dwayne McDuffie was an African American comic book and animation writer best known as one of the founders of Milestone Media, an imprint of DC Comics dedicated to promoting better stories and characterizations for minorities and for his contributions to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, ...

DC Animated Adaptations

16. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

Prometheus,Lost and Tommorowland

17. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), The Golden Compass (2007) and Rogue One (2016). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one child.

Antz ,Cinderella

The Chronicles of Narnia, Captain America 1& 2 and Thor The Dark World

19. 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: Civil War (2016) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He has been married to Claire Saunders since October 22, 2011.

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20. Jez Butterworth

Writer | Edge of Tomorrow

His feature film directorial debut Mojo (1997) starred Ian Hart, Ewen Bremner, Aidan Gillen and Harold Pinter and was officially selected for the 1998 Venice Film Festival. The film was based on his multi award winning stage play of the same name which opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1995 and ...

Edge Of Tommorow & Spectre

21. Walter Murch

Sound_department | The English Patient

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for ...


23. Gary Whitta

Writer | After Earth

Gary Whitta is a writer and producer, known for After Earth (2013), Rogue One (2016) and The Book of Eli (2010).

Book Of Eli,After Earth

24. Kurt Johnstad

Writer | 300

A former assistant director and key grip, Kurt Johnstad has an long-standing relationship with the military, and wrote the "Navy SEALs playing themselves" movie, "Act of Valor". But he is perhaps best known for writing the cult-classic film "300", as well as it's sequel, "300: Rise of an Empire" ...

300,Act of Valor and 300 Rise of An Empire

25. David Hayter

Actor | X-Men

David Hayter was born on February 6, 1969 in Santa Monica, California, USA as David Bryan Hayter. He is known for writing the screenplays to X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), and Watchmen (2009). He is best known as the voice of Solid Snake in the English versions of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.


26. Christopher Yost

Writer | Thor: Ragnarok

He provided scripts for two different Ninja Turtles shows: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).

Marvel Animated Adaptations & Thor:The Dark World

27. Mark Fergus

Writer | Children of Men

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

Iron Man, Cowboy & Aliens

28. Hawk Ostby

Writer | Children of Men

Hawk was born in India circa 1966 but grew up in Nordstrand and Slemdal in Oslo, Norway. He moved to Malaysia and Singapore when he was 15 and has lived in the United States since he was 19.

His parents met in Scotland, mother is Indian and his father is Norwegian. His sisters were born in Sweden.

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29. 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).

Star Trek Reboot 1 & 2, Transformers,Cowboys & Aliens, GI Joe 1 & 2 and The Amazing Spider Man 2,3

30. 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), The Mummy (2017) and Star Trek (2009). He is married to Samantha Counter.

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31. Chris Terrio

Writer | Argo

Chris Terrio was born on December 31, 1976 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Argo (2012), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).

Argo,Batman vs Superman and Justice League

32. Simon Kinberg

Producer | The Martian

Simon Kinberg was born on August 2, 1973 in London, England. He is a producer and writer, known for The Martian (2015), Logan (2017) and Fantastic Four (2015). He was previously married to Mali Heled.

Sherlock Holmes,Jumper,Mr & Mrs. Smith & X Men The Last Stand & X Men Days Of Future Past

33. Terry Rossio

Writer | Aladdin

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Aladdin (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Shrek (2001).

Pirates Of The Carribbean: Curse of The black Pearl & Treasure Planet

34. 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).


35. Robert Mark Kamen

Writer | Le cinquième élément

Robert Mark Kamen is a writer and producer, known for The Fifth Element (1997), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Taken (2008).

Leon The Professional, Taken and The Fifth Element

36. 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 ...

Gladiator,Sinbad Legendo Of The Seven Seas ,007 Skyfall and The Last Samauri

37. Steven Moffat

Writer | Sherlock

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland as Steven William Moffat. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Doctor Who (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He has been married to Sue Vertue since 1999. They have two children. He was previously married ...

Sherlock & Doctor Who

38. Zak Penn

Writer | Ready Player One

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 ...

The Incredible Hulk,X2 and Elektra

39. Mark Boal

Producer | The Hurt Locker

Mark Boal was born on January 23, 1973 in New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Detroit (2017).

The Hurt Locker & Zero Dark Thirty

40. 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 ...

Juno & Young Adult

41. Lionel Wigram

Producer | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Lionel Wigram was born in 1962 in the UK as Lionel Nicholas Richard Wigram. He is a producer and writer, known for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Sherlock Holmes,The Man From U.N.C.L.E

42. Simon Beaufoy

Writer | Slumdog Millionaire

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He attended Malsis School in Cross Hills Ermysted's Grammar School at Skipton, later he attended Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

He has read English at St Peter's College, Oxford and graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

In 2009 he won an Academy Award for ...

Slumdog Millionaire & The Hunger Games:Catching Fire

43. 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 (2018).

Godzilla & MI:5

44. 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 ...

MI:4 and Now You See Me

MI:4 and Now You See Me

46. Travis Beacham

Writer | Pacific Rim

Travis Beacham is a writer and producer, known for Pacific Rim (2013), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) and Clash of the Titans (2010).

Clash of The Titans, & Pacific Rim

47. Rhett Reese

Writer | Deadpool

Rhett Reese is a writer and producer, known for Deadpool (2016), Zombieland (2009) and Deadpool 2 (2018). He has been married to Chelsey Crisp since 2016.

Zombieland,Monsters Inc, G.I. Joe Retaliation and Deadpool

48. Paul Wernick

Producer | Deadpool

Paul Wernick is a producer and writer, known for Deadpool (2016), Zombieland (2009) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).

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49. 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).

Transformers Dark Of The Moon, Pain & Gain and Transformers:Age of Extinction

50. Bob Goodman

Writer | Superman

TV Writer/Producer known for his work on Elementary on CBS and Warehouse 13 on Syfy.

Screenwriter of the animated Dark Knight Returns features. Writer on animated Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, others. Created The Zeta Project. His work in the DC Animated Universe earned him two ...

Superman Unbound & The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2

51. Craig Pearce

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Pearce is a writer and actor, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

The Great Gatsby,Molin Rogue and Australia

52. Max Borenstein

Writer | Godzilla

Max Borenstein is a writer and producer, known for Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003).

Godzilla, Upcoming Kong Skull Island and Godzilla 2

53. Nicole Perlman

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

Nicole Perlman received her Film and Dramatic Writing degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003. Since then she has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay "Challenger," which also placed on the 2006 Black List. The same year she was ...

Guardians Of The Galaxy and Upcoming Captain Marvel Film