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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written: Screenplays Download

If you want to be a screenwriter you have to read screenplays. There’s no better place to start than reading the masters of the craft. The Writers Guild of America(WGA) published this list of the top ten best screenplays ever written and I would have to agree.

My personal favorites on this list are Casablanca, Chinatown, and Annie Hall. Click on the links below and start reading. Happy Reading…then get to writing.

When you are done reading take a listen to Apple’s #1 Screenwriting Podcast The Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast, with guest like Oscar Winner Eric Roth, James V. HartDavid ChaseJohn AugustOliver Stone and more.


(NOTE: For educational and research purposes only).

1. CASABLANCA
Screenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. Based on the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

2. THE GODFATHER
Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.

3. CHINATOWN
Written by Robert Towne

4. CITIZEN KANE
Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles

5. ALL ABOUT EVE
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

6. ANNIE HALL
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

7. SUNSET BLVD.
Written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.

8. NETWORK
Written by Paddy Chayefsky

9. SOME LIKE IT HOT
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond.

10. THE GODFATHER II
Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo.

BONUS: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Screenplay by Frank Darabont. I had to add this remarkable screenplay to the list.

The Coen Brothers Scripts Collection: Screenplays Download

The Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) are two of the most unique voices on the cinema’s stage today. Their career has been going strong for over 30 years. When you read a Coen Brothers screenplay you know that your world will be turned upside down.

When you are done reading take a listen to Apple’s #1 Screenwriting Podcast The Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast, with guest like Oscar Winner Eric Roth, James V. HartDavid ChaseJohn AugustOliver Stone and more.


Watch the Coen Brother’s short films Tuileries (Paris, Je T’aime) and World Cinema.

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Blood Simple (1984)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Raising Arizona (1987)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Barton Fink (1991)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Fargo (1996)

**Won the Oscar** Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

The Ladykillers (2004)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Burn After Reading (2008)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

A Serious Man (2009)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

True Grit (2010)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Bridge of Spies (2014)

Screenplay by Matt Charman, Joel, and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Unbroken (2014)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson-  Read the screenplay!

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Suburbicon (2017)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Cohen – Read the screenplay!

Stanley Kubrick Scripts Collection: Screenplays Download

Stanley Kubrick is, without question, one of the titans of cinema. His style, unique approach, and genre-jumping abilities are legendary. Known as mostly a director and producer, Kubrick wrote or co-wrote most of his masterpieces. When reading his screenplays you get a small window into the man himself. I love reading one of his scripts, then watching the film right away to see how it all panned out.

Before you jump into reading Stanley Kubrick’s Screenplays, take a listen to this rare interview of a 37-year-old Kubrick.

When you are done reading take a listen to Apple’s #1 Screenwriting Podcast The Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast, with guest like Oscar Winner Eric Roth, James V. HartDavid ChaseJohn AugustOliver Stone and more.

Watch Stanley Kubrick’s short film Day Of The Fight.


(NOTE: For educational and research purposes only).

KILLER’S KISS (1955)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Howard Sackler – Read the screenplay!

THE KILLING (1956)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Jim Thompson – Read the screenplay!

PATHS OF GLORY(1957)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Humphrey Cobb, Jim Thompson, and Calder Willingham – Read the screenplay!

SPARTACUS (1960)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Dalton Trumbo, Peter Ustinov, Calder Willingham – Read the screenplay!

LOLITA(1962)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Vladimir Nabokov and James B. Harris – Read the screenplay!

DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING & LOVE THE BOMB (1964)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern – Read the screenplay!

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY(1968)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark- Read the screenplay!

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick – Read the screenplay!

BARRY LYNDON(1975)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick – Read the screenplay!

THE SHINING(1980)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson – Read the screenplay!

FULL METAL JACKET (1987)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick,  Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford – Read the screenplay!

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick & Frederic Raphael – Read the screenplay!

NAPOLEON (Never Produced)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick – Read the screenplay!

THE GERMAN LIEUTENANT (Never Produced)

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick – Read the screenplay!

A.I: ARTIFICAL INTELLEGENCE (1987)

Story by Stanley Kubrick – Screenplay by Ian Watson & Brian Aldiss Read the screenplay!