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Tom Cruise Scripts Collection: Screenplays Download

In 1976, if you had told fourteen-year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless, this sensitive, deeply religious youngster who was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, was destined to become one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history.

Tom is the only son (among four children) of nomadic parents, Mary Lee (Pfeiffer), a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer. His parents were both from Louisville, Kentucky, and he has German, Irish, and English ancestry.

Young Tom spent his boyhood always on the move, and by the time he was 14 he had attended 15 different schools in the U.S. and Canada. He finally settled in Glen Ridge, New Jersey with his mother and her new husband. While in high school, Tom wanted to become a priest but pretty soon he developed an interest in acting and abandoned his plans of becoming a priest, dropped out of school, and at age 18 headed for New York and a possible acting career. The next 15 years of his life are the stuff of legends.

He made his film debut with a small part in Endless Love (1981) and from the outset exhibited an undeniable box office appeal to both male and female audiences.

With handsome movie star looks and a charismatic smile, within 5 years Tom Cruise was starring in some of the top-grossing films of the 1980s including Top Gun (1986); The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). By the 1990s he was one of the highest-paid actors in the world earning an average 15 million dollars a picture in such blockbuster hits as Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination for best actor.

Tom Cruise’s biggest franchise, Mission Impossible, has also earned a total of 3 billion dollars worldwide. Tom Cruise has also shown lots of interest in producing, with his biggest producer credits being the Mission Impossible franchise.

In 1990 he renounced his devout Catholic beliefs and embraced The Church of Scientology claiming that Scientology teachings had cured him of the dyslexia that had plagued him all of his life. A kind and thoughtful man well known for his compassion and generosity, Tom Cruise is one of the best liked members of the movie community. He was married to actress Nicole Kidman until 2001. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has indeed come a long way from the lonely wanderings of his youth to become one of the biggest movie stars ever.

Below are all the screenplays available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section.

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


(NOTE: For educational and research purposes only).

LEGEND (1985)

Screenplay by William Hjortsberg – Read the screenplay!

TOP GUN (1986)

Screenplay by Warren Skaaren – Read the Screenplay!

BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)

Screenplay by Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic – Read the Screenplay!

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)

Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin – Read the screenplay!

THE FIRM (1993)

Screenplay by Robert Towne and David Rayfiel – Read the screenplay!

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)

Screenplay by Anne Rice – Read the screenplay!

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996)

Screenplay by Robert Towne and David Koepp – Read the screenplay!

JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)

Screenplay by Cameron Crowe – Read the screenplay!

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)

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

MAGNOLIA (1999)

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – Read the screenplay!

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)

Screenplay by Robert Towne – Read the screenplay!

VANILLA SKY (2001)

Screenplay by Cameron Crowe – Read the screenplay!

MINORITY REPORT (2002)

Screenplay by Scott Frank – Read the screenplay!

THE LAST SAMURAI (2003)

Screenplay by John Logan – Read the screenplay!

COLLATERAL (2004)

Screenplay by Stuart Beattie – Read the screenplay!

WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005)

Screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp – Read the screenplay!

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006)

Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and J.J. Abrams – Read the screenplay!

TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

Screenplay by Ethan Coen, Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux – Read the screenplay!

VALKYRIE (2008)

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie & Nathan Alexander – Read the screenplay!

KNIGHT AND DAY (2010)

Screenplay by Patrick O’Neill – Read the screenplay!

JACK REACHER (2012)

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie – Read the screenplay!

OBLIVION (2013)

Screenplay by William Monahan – Read the screenplay!

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie – Read the screenplay!

THE MUMMY (2017)

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp – Read the screenplay!

TOP GUN: MAVERICK (2022)

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie – WILL POST ONCE AVAILABLE!

Paul Thomas Anderson Scripts Collection: Screenplays Download

Paul Thomas Anderson is considered one of our greatest living writer/directors. His filmography might not be long but if packs a punch. His screenplays are a masterclass in the craft. Take a listen to Paul Thomas Anderson discussing her storytelling techniques. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link int he comment section.

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).

HARD EIGHT (1996)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

MAGNOLIA (1999)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

THE MASTER (2012)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

INHERENT VICE (2014)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!

PHANTOM THREAD (2017)

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson –  Read the screenplay!


Paul Thomas Anderson: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Techniques

Some people are quick learners, some people have a keen sense already and polish their skill while some seem to have been born with the skill and talent to accomplish something great.

Paul Thomas Andersonfamously known as P.T Anderson happens to be such a filmmaker who seems to have been born with the ability and eye of a filmmaker. Born on the 26thof June, 1970 P.T Anderson was born in Studio City, California to Ernie and Edwina Anderson.

Paul Thomas Anderson
Credit: Paul Thomas Anderson

Ernie Anderson was the renowned and familiar voice of ABC and a horror show host Ghoulardi, which used to run on Cleveland television late at night. San Fernando is the place where the young P.T Anderson grew up. He did not have a close bond with his mother and shared a troubled relationship with her, but he was particularly close with his father Ernie whose support and encouragement made him make a place for himself by being a writer or a director.

Being the third youngest of nine siblings, Anderson attended numerous schools which included Buckley in Sherman Oaks, John Thomas Dye School and then Campbell Hall School. He and his group of friends were always up to something related to filming and shooting and which got a bit out of control for which his parents sent him to Cushing Academy which was a very refined boarding school.

He had his share of attending elite schools but never really fit the mold. As he was skinny, smart and had a sharp tongue too. Being sent too far from the man he idolized didn’t bode well for him, and somehow he talked his way back and ended up in Montclair Prep and that is where he began to grow in the true sense.

Anderson was interested in film making since a young age. It will be surprising to know that he made his first movie when he was 8 years of age. Ernie, his father knowing his son’s passion gave him a Betamax video camera when Paul was 12 years old and since then, it started. Paul’s teenage life thorough out schooling went by shooting something or another.

Teenage Filmmaker

He has living been living his life following his teenage life motto, anything for a shot. His friends tell how annoyed they used to get because that camera used to be with him anywhere and everywhere and he shot anything he set his mind to. Anderson seemed to have been born with a sense of how the camera could relate to the people and the images could be utilized to narrate a story. And that is exactly how he became a renowned American film director, screen writer and producer.

Anderson had no alternative plan to directing films. After his Betamax he began using 8mm film and arrived at the conclusion that video was easier.

Anderson had begun writing at an early age and by the time he was 17 years old, he was experimenting with Bolex 16mm camera. Anderson wrote and filmed his first real production as a senior in high school at the Montclair Prep after spending years of experimenting. He got the money for his movie by his cage cleaning job at the pet store.

This film was a mockumentary of total 30 minutes which was shot on a video called The Dirk Diggler Story(1988). The plot was about a pornography star and the story seemed to be an inspiration of John Holmes which had also acted as a huge inspiring element in Anderson’s other, Boogie Nights.

Emerson College was where Anderson was enrolled as an English major but he spent only two semesters there and only two days at the New York University before he took a step towards his career as a production assistant on television films, music videos as well as games show in New York and Los Angeles.

Anderson felt that the stuff that was being shown to him at school was more like homework rather than experience. So that is why he decided to make a 20-min movie which would play the part of his college.

In 1993, Anderson made Cigarettes & Coffee with a total budget of $20,000 which were comprised of some college tuition money set aside by his father, gambling winnings and his girlfriend’s credit card.

Cigarettes & Coffee’s was a short film that connecting numerous story lines together with only a $20 bill. This movie was screened at the Sundance Festival Shorts Festivalof 1993. Anderson though to expand it in a feature-length film and following that, he was sent an invitation for the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program where Michael Caton-Jones acted as his mentor.

According to him he saw Anderson as a talented and fully formed creative voice just with lack of experience and taught him some tough and practical lessons.

Launching of a Career

In 1996 at the Sundance Feature Film Program Anderson got himself a deal with Rysher Entertainmentand that was how he directed his first feature film, Sydney which was later retitled as Hard Eight.

Rysher re-edited the movie upon completion but Anderson submitted the original cut which ended up getting accepted and screened in the Un Certain Regard section at 1996 Cannes Film Festival. And Anderson was able to release his own version after the retitling and raising $200,000 which were needed for its completion. Hard Eight was what launched Anderson’s career.

According to Anderson, he uses the influences of Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrickand Max Ophulsin his movies.

Bring on the Porn Industry

While Anderson was coping with the troubles of Hard Eight, he had already started off on the script of his next feature film, Boogie Nights (1997) which was based on The Dirk Driggler Story.The New Line Cinema’s President absolutely loved the script.

And Boogie Nights was an immense commercial and critical success. Boogie Nights won three Academy Award nominationsfor Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds) and it was a revival of his career. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore).

Frogs from the Sky

Anderson was then given complete creative control by New Line. The result was Magnolia(1999) whose plot circulated around different people coming together in the San Fernando Valley. Aimee Mann’s music was the base and inspiration for this, and has been called the example of American cinema’s strength. Magnolia received three nominations at the 72ndAcademy Awards for Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Original Song and Best Original Screenplay.

After Magnolia, Anderson wanted to give comedy a try and he featured Adam Sandler in his next movie Punch-Drunk Love(2002) which was a light romantic comedy drama. The story was about a business owner who has anger issues and seven sisters. Sandler earned critical praise for his role. And Anderson won the Best Director Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Anderson happens to have very real and flawed characters in his movies and most of his movies focused on the dysfunctional family relationships, surrogate families, regret and desperate characters as well as themes of denial & responsibility.

Pulling a Daniel-Day Lewis

Little bit based on the Upton Sinclair novel Oil, There Will Be Blood(2007)was regarded as one of the greatest films of the decade by the critics. It earned $76.1 million worldwide, this movie earned 8 nominations at the 80thAcademy Awards tying with No Country for Old Men for the most of nominations.

The lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis, won an Oscar for Best Leading Actor. Anderson was greatly appreciated and nominated for the Directors Guild of America. This movie was also said to be a wholly American movie to be ever made.

Breaking Down Scientology

The Master(2012) was about an individual bursting with charisma who initiated a new religion in 1950s. Anderson started on its script in 2009 though it was in his head for 12 years. The film received three nominations at the 85thAcademy Awards for Best Leading Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor, (Philip S. Hoffman) and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams).

Anderson is famous for his bold visual style of film making, stylistic trademarks like a continuously moving camera, memorable use of music, long takes based on steadi-cam and multi-layered audiovisual imagery. P.T Anderson is called one of the most exciting talents that surfaced in years. His movies represented feelings of loneliness, destiny, and ghosts of the past as well as destiny.

The Vice

May 2013 brought along with it the production of Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice which ended up in August of same year. It was the first time ever the writer had allowed his work to be adapted for screen.

The film’s supporting cast included Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Shot, Katherine Waterston and Eric Roberts to name a few. And the film earned two nominations for 87thAcademy Awards. Mark Bridges for Best Costume design and Anderson for the Best Adapted Screenplay.

Anderson again displayed remarkable skill while directing a 54-minute documentary Junun which was regarding the making of an album which shared the same name by Jonny Greenwood, an Israeli composer and few Indian musicians. Majority of the performances were recorded in the Mehrangarh Fort, a 15thcentury building in the Indian State of Rajhastan. New York Film Festival of 2015 was the place where Junun was premiered.

Currently, Anderson happens to have his hands full with a drama based on the London fashion industry in the 1950s whose filming will began in the end of 2017.