Great Screenwriters

by crunk_juice19 | created - 21 Jun 2012 | updated - 25 Aug 2012 | Public

1. 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 ...

The Princess Bride Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

2. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Everything

3. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

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, "...

Everything

4. Ben Ripley

Writer | Source Code

Ben Ripley grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A cum laude graduate of Stanford University and an honors graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, he sold his first screenplay to Fox in 2002. Since then he has worked steadily in the genres of horror, ...

Source Code

5. Lawrence Kasdan

Writer | The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA as Lawrence Edward Kasdan. 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.

Raiders of the Lost Ark The Empire Strikes Back

6. Sam Hamm

Writer | Batman

Sam Hamm was born on November 19, 1955 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA as Gay Stuart Hamm. He is a writer and producer, known for Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) and The Street of Fruiting Bodies. He was previously married to Trudy Legge.

Batman

7. Warren Skaaren

Writer | Batman

Wrote an unproduced sequel to Romancing the Stone (1984) and The Jewel of the Nile (1985) titled "The Crimson Eagle".

Batman

8. Dan Aykroyd

Writer | Blues Brothers 2000

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where...

Ghostbusters

9. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

Ghostbusters

10. Chris Matheson

Writer | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Chris Matheson was born on February 25, 1959 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Christian L. Matheson. He is a writer and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and A Goofy Movie (1995). He has been married to Patricia Paschell ...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

11. Ed Solomon

Writer | Men in Black

Ed Solomon was born on September 15, 1960 in Saratoga, California, USA as Edward James Solomon. He is a writer and producer, known for Men in Black (1997), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Now You See Me 2 (2016). He was previously married to Cynthia Cleese.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Men in Black

12. 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, ...

Matrix trilogy

13. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight...

Matrix trilogy

14. Julius J. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Julius J. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). He was married to Ann Margot Laszlo and Frances Sage. He died on December 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Casablanca

15. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Epstein and brother Julius J. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).

Casablanca

16. Howard Koch

Writer | Casablanca

Playwright and author of sophisticated screenplays, a graduate of Bard College and Columbia University Law School. Howard Koch started out as a practicing lawyer in Hartsdale, New Jersey, but soon found himself dissatisfied with his career choice and began to write plays on the side. His first two ...

Casablanca

17. Max Landis

Writer | Bright

Max Landis was born on August 3, 1985 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Bright (2017), Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016) and Mr. Right (2015).

Chronicle

18. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

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 ...

Shawshank Redemption

19. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

The Lord of the Rings

20. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

The Lord of the Rings

22. Andrew Niccol

Writer | Gattaca

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 (1998) script, but Rudin was not...

In Time

23. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

Mission: Impossible Spider-Man



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