Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners

by slash388 | created - 20 May 2017 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

1. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

Film: The Great McGinty

2. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. ...

Film: Citizen Kane

3. Herman J. Mankiewicz

Writer | Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...

Film: Citizen Kane

4. Michael Kanin

Writer | Woman of the Year

The older brother of writer/producer/director Garson Kanin, Michael Kanin was a fine talent in his own right. After serving a creative apprenticeship writing and acting in Catskill resort shows with his brother, Kanin worked as a commercial artist and musician. In 1939 he was signed to a ...

Film: Woman of the Year

5. Ring Lardner Jr.

Writer | MASH

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, Ring Lardner, Jr., will always be known for one of two things: that he was the son of one of the greatest humorists American literature has produced, and he was one of the Hollywood 10, the ten film-makers who refused to cooperate with the House Un-American ...

Film: Woman of the Year

6. Norman Krasna

Writer | Princess O'Rourke

Humorist, playwright and screenwriter Norman Krasna went to great lengths planning for a career in law: he attended New York University, Columbia University and St. John's University law school, then abruptly changed his plans and started work as a copy boy at a New York newspaper. He had a brief ...

Film: Princess O'Rourke

7. Lamar Trotti

Writer | With a Song in My Heart

Author and screenwriter, often preoccupied with American history as viewed from a Southern perspective. Born in Atlanta, Trotti studied writing at Columbia University and was also the first person to graduate from the University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism. In 1923, he became the ...

Film: Wilson

8. Richard Schweizer

Writer | The Search

Was a freelance journalist and reporter for the Schweizer Zeitung.

Film: Marie-Louise

9. Muriel Box

Writer | The Seventh Veil

In the early 1960s she took part in a protest at Ruislip USAF base and with over 100 others was arrested and fined £3 for obstruction.

Film: The Seventh Veil

10. Sydney Box

Producer | The Seventh Veil

Sydney Box was born on April 29, 1907 in Beckenham, Kent, England. He was a producer and writer, known for The Seventh Veil (1945), Forbidden Cargo (1954) and Christopher Columbus (1949). He was married to Muriel Box. He died on May 25, 1983 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Film: The Seventh Veil

11. Sidney Sheldon

Writer | I Dream of Jeannie

Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.

At seventeen...

Film: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

12. Robert Pirosh

Writer | Battleground

Robert Pirosh enjoyed a lengthy Hollywood career, which began when he was signed by MGM, along with fellow newcomer George Seaton , as a contributing writer in 1934. His most notable success was garnering the Academy Award for his screenplay of Battleground (1949), a film based on the Second World ...

Film: Battleground

13. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

Films: Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment

14. Charles Brackett

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

Charles Brackett, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, of Scottish ancestry, followed in his attorney-father's footsteps and graduated with a law degree from Harvard University in 1920. He practised law for several years, before commencing work as drama critic for The New Yorker (1925-29), in ...

Films: Sunset Boulevard and Titanic (1953)

15. D.M. Marshman Jr.

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

After his sojourn in Hollywood, Marshman moved into advertising. He was a longtime resident of Darien, Connecticut, keeping his Oscar on a bookshelf at his home.

Film: Sunset Boulevard

16. Alan Jay Lerner

Writer | An American in Paris

Playwright/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner was born into a wealthy New York City retailing family. His professional association with Frederick Loewe started in 1942 when they teamed up to write "Life of the Party". Their first Broadway success was the 1947 musical fantasy "Brigadoon." Lerner adapted work ...

Film: An American in Paris

17. T.E.B. Clarke

Writer | The Lavender Hill Mob

T.E.B. 'Tibby' Clarke graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University, but decided that writing was more his forte. He started on that career path first as writer for a magazine in Australia, than back in London freelancing as a journalist. He also had jobs on Fleet Street, worked in ...

Film: The Lavender Hill Mob

18. Richard L. Breen

Writer | Titanic

(1954-1955) First president of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw)

Film: Titanic (1953)

19. Walter Reisch

Writer | Titanic

After completing studies in literature at the University of Vienna, Walter Reisch began his screen career as an extra and title writer in 1918. He eventually made the acquaintance of Stephan Lorant, a refuge from the Horty regime in Hungary, who, within a single year, had made a name for himself in...

Film: Titanic (1953)

20. Budd Schulberg

Writer | On the Waterfront

Budd Schulberg was born on March 27, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as Seymour Wilson Schulberg. He was a writer and producer, known for On the Waterfront (1954), Everglades (1961) and A Face in the Crowd (1957). He was married to Betsy Ann Langman, Geraldine Brooks, Agnes Victoria Anderson ...

Film: On the Waterfront

21. Sonya Levien

Writer | Interrupted Melody

Sonya, a graduate with a law degree from New York University, briefly practiced law before becoming a magazine editor and fiction writer. After several of her stories were adapted to the screen, she became a screenwriter. Levien wrote several screenplays for Will Rogers films and for Fox studios ...

Film: Interrupted Melody

22. William Ludwig

Writer | Interrupted Melody

Widow Susan: 1915, New York - 8 February 2002, Santa Monica, California.

Film: Interrupted Melody

23. Albert Lamorisse

Director | Le ballon rouge

A former photographer, he turned to directing short subjects in the late 40s, soon acquiring an international reputation for the poetic quality of his short and medium-length films involving the fantasy world of children. Both his White Mane (1953) and The Red Balloon (1956) received a grand prize ...

Film: The Red Balloon

24. George Wells

Writer | Designing Woman

The son of a vaudevillian Billy K. Wells, Wells graduated from New York University and began as a writer for radio ('The Jack Pearl Show','Lux Radio Theater'). In 1943, he joined MGM under contract as a screenwriter, rapidly acquiring a reputation for lending a deft touch and inventiveness to light...

Film: Designing Women

25. Nedrick Young

Writer | The Defiant Ones

Nedrick Young was born on March 23, 1914 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Defiant Ones (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960) and Gun Crazy (1950). He was married to Elizabeth MacRae and Frances Sage. He died on September 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Film: The Defiant Ones

26. Harold Jacob Smith

Writer | The Defiant Ones

Harold Jacob Smith was born on July 2, 1912 in New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Defiant Ones (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960) and It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955). He died on December 28, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Film: The Defiant Ones

27. Clarence Greene

Producer | The Well

Clarence Greene was born on August 10, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for The Well (1951), Pillow Talk (1959) and The Thief (1952). He died on June 17, 1995 in California, USA.

Film: Pillow Talk

28. Maurice Richlin

Writer | The Pink Panther

Maurice Richlin was born on February 23, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He was a writer, known for The Pink Panther (1963), Pillow Talk (1959) and Operation Petticoat (1959). He died on November 13, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Film: Pillow Talk

29. Russell Rouse

Writer | The Well

Russell Rouse was born on November 20, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Well (1951), The Thief (1952) and Pillow Talk (1959). He was married to Beverly Michaels. He died on October 2, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Film: Pillow Talk

30. Stanley Shapiro

Writer | That Touch of Mink

American writer/producer with radio and television experience prior to working in films. He was noted chiefly for a brace of glossy comedies (three of them starring Doris Day) made between 1959-62.

Film: Pillow Talk

31. I.A.L. Diamond

Writer | The Apartment

I.A.L. Diamond was born on June 27, 1920 in Ungheni, Romania as Itek Domnici. He was a writer and producer, known for The Apartment (1960), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). He was married to Barbara Ann Bentley. He died on April 21, 1988 in Beverly Hills, ...

Film: The Apartment

32. William Inge

Writer | Splendor in the Grass

William (Motter) Inge brought small-town life in the American Midwest to Broadway with four successive dramatic triumphs: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953; Pulitzer Prize), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). With the exception of his Academy ...

Film: Splendor in the Grass

33. Ennio De Concini

Writer | Divorzio all'italiana

Ennio De Concini was born on December 9, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Divorce Italian Style (1961), The Facts of Murder (1959) and Evil Eye (1963). He died on November 17, 2008 in Rome.

Film: Divorce Italian Style

34. Pietro Germi

Writer | Il ferroviere

Pietro Germi was born on September 14, 1914 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Man of Iron (1956), Divorce Italian Style (1961) and The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966). He was married to Olga D'Aiello and Anna Bancio. He died on December 5, 1974 in Rome, Lazio...

Film: Divorce Italian Style

35. Alfredo Giannetti

Writer | Divorzio all'italiana

Alfredo Giannetti was born on April 16, 1924 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Divorce Italian Style (1961), Day by Day, Desperately (1961) and The Facts of Murder (1959). He died on July 30, 1995 in Rome.

Film: Divorce Italian Style

36. James R. Webb

Writer | How the West Was Won

Educated at Stanford University.

Film: How the West Was Won

37. Peter Stone

Writer | Charade

Peter Stone was born on February 27, 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Peter Hess Stone. He was a writer and actor, known for Charade (1963), Father Goose (1964) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). He was married to Mary O'Hanley. He died on April 26, 2003 in Manhattan, New York ...

Film: Father Goose

38. Frank Tarloff

Writer | Father Goose

Frank Tarloff was born on February 4, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Father Goose (1964), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and Shirley's World (1971). He was married to Lee Tarloff. He died on June 25, 1999 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Film: Father Goose

39. Frederic Raphael

Writer | Eyes Wide Shut

Frederic Raphael was born on August 14, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Frederic Michael Raphael. He is a writer and actor, known for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Two for the Road (1967) and Darling (1965). He has been married to Sylvia Betty Glatt since January 17, 1955.

Film: Darling

40. Claude Lelouch

Director | Un homme et une femme

Claude Lelouch was born on October 30, 1937 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996) and The Crook (1970). He is married to Valérie Perrin. He was previously married to Alessandra Martines, Marie-Sophie L., Evelyne Bouix...

Film: A Man and a Woman

41. Pierre Uytterhoeven

Writer | Un homme et une femme

Pierre Uytterhoeven is a writer and assistant director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), And Now My Love (1974) and The Crook (1970).

Film: A Man and a Woman

42. William Rose

Writer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

William Rose was born on December 12, 1914 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as William Arthur Rose. He was a writer, known for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and The Ladykillers (1955). He was married to Tania Rose. He died on February 10, 1987 in Jersey, ...

Film: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

43. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

Film: The Producers

44. William Goldman

Writer | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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 ...

Film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

45. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

Film: Patton

46. Edmund H. North

Writer | Patton

Edmund H. North was born on March 12, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Patton (1970), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). He was married to Colette Ford. He died on August 28, 1990 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Film: Patton

47. 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 "...

Films: The Hospital and Network

48. Jeremy Larner

Writer | The Candidate

Jeremy Larner was born on March 20, 1937. He is a writer, known for The Candidate (1972), Drive, He Said (1971) and Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business (2006).

Film: The Candidate

49. David S. Ward

Writer | The Sting

David S. Ward was born on October 25, 1945 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as David Schad Ward. He is a writer, known for The Sting (1973), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and Major League II (1994). He is married to Marie-Louis White. He was previously married to Christine Atwood and Rosanna DeSoto.

Film: The Sting

50. Robert Towne

Writer | Chinatown

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 ...

Film: Chinatown

51. Frank Pierson

Writer | Dog Day Afternoon

Frank Pierson was born on May 12, 1925 in Chappaqua, New York, USA as Frank Romer Pierson. He was a producer and writer, known for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Presumed Innocent (1990) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He was married to Helene Szamet, Dori Pierson and Polly Stokes. He died on July 22, 2012 ...

Film: Dog Day Afternoon

52. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

Films: Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris

53. Marshall Brickman

Writer | Annie Hall

Marshall Brickman was born on August 25, 1939 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Marshall Michael Brickman. He is a writer and producer, known for Annie Hall (1977), Sleeper (1973) and Manhattan (1979). He has been married to Nina Feinberg since 1978. They have two children.

Film: Annie Hall

54. Robert C. Jones

Editor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Robert C. Jones was born on March 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Clifford Jones. He is an editor, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Coming Home (1978) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). He is married to Sylvia Hirsch Jones. They have one child.

Film: Coming Home

55. Waldo Salt

Writer | Midnight Cowboy

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 ...

Film: Coming Home

56. Nancy Dowd

Writer | Slap Shot

Nancy Dowd was born in 1945 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. She is a writer and director, known for Slap Shot (1977), Coming Home (1978) and Love (1982).

Film: Coming Home

57. Steve Tesich

Writer | Breaking Away

Born in Yugoslavia, Tesich was 14 when he came to America and settled in East Chicago, Indiana. His father, a machinist, died in 1962. He graduated from Indiana University in 1965 and did graduate work at Columbia University where he began to write plays. 'Breaking Away (1979)' won Tesich an Oscar ...

Film: Breaking Away

58. Bo Goldman

Writer | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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 ...

Film: Melvin and Howard

59. Colin Welland

Writer | Chariots of Fire

In a career of over 30 years this Lancashire-born former art teacher has achieved great success in acting, both in television and film and writing, for television, film and stage.

His first film appearance is perhaps still his best-loved, the sympathetic Mr Farthing in Kes (1969), for which he won a...

Film: Chariots of Fire

60. John Briley

Writer | Gandhi

John Briley was born on June 25, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Gandhi (1982), Molokai (1999) and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992).

Film: Gandhi

61. Horton Foote

Writer | To Kill a Mockingbird

Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, was born on March 14, 1916, in Wharton, Texas. He says at the age of ten, he had a "calling" to become an actor, and when he was 16 he convinced his parents to allow him to go to acting school. With their blessing he...

Film: Tender Mercies

62. Robert Benton

Writer | Kramer vs. Kramer

Robert Benton was born on September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA as Robert Douglas Benton. He is a writer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Superman (1978).

Film: Places in the Heart

63. William Kelley

Writer | Witness

William Kelley was born on May 27, 1929 in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Witness (1985), Gunsmoke (1955) and How the West Was Won (1976). He was married to Nina Kelley. He died on February 3, 2003 in Bishop, California, USA.

Film: Witness

64. Earl W. Wallace

Writer | Witness

Earl W. Wallace was born on October 23, 1942. He is known for his work on Witness (1985), How the West Was Won (1976) and Tales of the Unexpected (1977). He died on May 12, 2018.

Film: Witness

65. Pamela Wallace

Writer | Witness

Pamela Wallace is a writer and producer, known for Witness (1985), Love's Unending Legacy (2007) and The Place God Forgot.

Film: Witness

66. John Patrick Shanley

Writer | Moonstruck

John Patrick Shanley was born on October 3, 1950 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer, known for Moonstruck (1987), Doubt (2008) and Congo (1995).

Film: Moonstruck

67. Ronald Bass

Writer | Rain Man

Ronald Bass was born on March 26, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Ronald Jay Bass. He is a writer and producer, known for Rain Man (1988), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and Entrapment (1999). He has been married to Christine Ann Thomas since June 3, 1978. They have two children. He was ...

Film: Rain Man

68. Barry Morrow

Writer | Rain Man

Barry Morrow is an Emmy and Academy Award winning writer/producer best known for his original story and screenplay for the 1988 Best Picture, "Rain Man (1988)". Morrow's autobiographical story, "Bill (1981)", starring Dennis Quaid and the late Mickey Rooney, was hailed by the New York Times as ...

Film: Rain Man

69. Tom Schulman

Writer | Dead Poets Society

Tom Schulman was born on October 20, 1950 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Dead Poets Society (1989), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) and What About Bob? (1991).

Film: Dead Poets Society

70. Bruce Joel Rubin

Writer | Ghost

Bruce Joel Rubin was born on March 10, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Ghost (1990), Deep Impact (1998) and Jacob's Ladder (1990). He has been married to Blanche Rubin since January 29, 1970. They have two children.

Film: Ghost

71. Callie Khouri

Writer | Thelma & Louise

Raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. Went to Purdue University to study landscape architecture but switched to drama. Moved to Nashville after college to be with her family before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute. Worked for a commercials ...

Film: Thelma & Louise

72. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

Film: The Crying Game

73. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

Film: The Piano

74. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

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...

Films: Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained

75. Roger Avary

Writer | Lucky Day

Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary first began experimenting in Beta I video and 8mm film formats during the late 1970s. In 1983, his Super-8mm supernatural thriller The Worm Turns won Best Film from the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association Film Expo. He went on to attend the Pasadena Art Center ...

Film: Pulp Fiction

76. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

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...

Film: The Usual Suspects

77. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Fargo (1996) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Film: Fargo

78. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Film: Fargo

79. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

Film: Good Will Hunting

80. Matt Damon

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...

Film: Good Will Hunting

81. Marc Norman

Writer | Shakespeare in Love

Marc Norman was born on February 10, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Marc Brian Norman. He is a writer and director, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Cutthroat Island (1995) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He has been married to Dale Moore since 1967. They have two children.

Film: Shakespeare in Love

82. Tom Stoppard

Writer | Shakespeare in Love

Tom Stoppard was born on July 3, 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia as Tomas Straussler. He is a writer and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Brazil (1985) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). He has been married to Sabrina Guinness since 2014. He was previously married to ...

Film: Shakespeare in Love

83. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

Film: American Beauty

84. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

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. ...

Film: Almost Famous

85. Julian Fellowes

Writer | Gosford Park

Julian Fellowes was born on August 17, 1949 in Cairo, Egypt as Julian Alexander Fellowes. He is an actor and writer, known for Gosford Park (2001), Downton Abbey (2010) and From Time to Time (2009). He has been married to Emma Joy Kitchener-Fellowes since April 28, 1990. They have one child.

Film: Gosford Park

86. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Film: Talk to Her

87. Sofia Coppola

Actress | The Godfather Part III

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

Film: Lost in Translation

88. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Synecdoche, New York

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 ...

Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

89. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

90. Pierre Bismuth

Writer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Pierre Bismuth is a London-based artist who helped develop the story with French director Michael Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, which Kaufman took over and turned into the brilliant screenplay "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

91. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

Film: Crash

92. Bobby Moresco

Producer | Crash

Academy Award winning writer, director and producer Bobby Moresco started out as an actor in New York City, where he was raised in the Hell's Kitchen district of Manhattan, three blocks and a world away from Broadway.

After studying acting with the widely respected Wynn Handman and Peggy Fuery, ...

Film: Crash

93. 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: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Film: Little Miss Sunshine

94. 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 ...

Film: Juno

95. Dustin Lance Black

Writer | Milk

Dustin Lance Black was born on June 10, 1974 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Milk (2008), When We Rise (2017) and My Life with Count Dracula (2003). He has been married to Tom Daley since May 6, 2017. They have one child.

Film: Milk

96. 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).

Film: The Hurt Locker

97. David Seidler

Writer | The King's Speech

David Seidler was born in 1937 in London, England. He is a writer and manager, known for The King's Speech (2010), Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

Film: The King's Speech

98. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

Film: Her

99. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

Film: Birdman

100. Nicolás Giacobone

Writer | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Nicolás Giacobone is a writer and producer, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Biutiful (2010) and The Revenant (2015).

Film: Birdman



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