Best Screenwriters

by morty_man91 | created - 11 Dec 2017 | updated - 02 Jan 2018 | Public

Highly subjective of course, and based only on films I've seen and the end result of that film, not the actual quality of the script. So... not really a good list of best screenwriters but points more at screenwriters with really good track record.

1. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

The Killing, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut (32 points = 4 + 0,8 = 4,8)

2. 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 ...

The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather: Part III (20 points = 4 + 0,5 = 4,5)

3. 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 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! (43 points = 2,68 + 1,6 = 4,28

4. 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), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! (43 points = 2,68 + 1,6 = 4,28

5. Astrid Lindgren

Writer | Shirley Temple's Storybook

Grew up in Småland outside Vimmerby in the south of Sweden. Her first book came out in 1944, and she made a breakthrough the following year with the stories about Pippi Longstocking. Countless stories about Pippi and other characters of Astrid's imagination and excellent story telling ability were ...

"Vi På Saltkråkan", Skrollan, Ruskprick & Knorrhane, "Pippi Långstrump", Pippi Långstrump på de Sju Haven, På Rymmen med Pippi Långstrump, "Emil i Lönneberga", "Madicken", Rasmus på Luffen, Ronja Rövardotter, "Alla Vi Barn i Bullerbyn", "Lotta på Bråkmakargatan" (22 points = 2 + 2,2 = 4,2)

6. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, "Twin Peaks", Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire (24 points = 3,42 + 0,7 = 4,12)

7. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

Hets, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona (16 points = 4,0)

8. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

Nauzicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (12 points = 4)

9. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America (17 points = 3,4 + 0,5 = 3,9)

10. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Time Bandits, The Meaning of Life, Brazil, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (23 points = 2,87 + 0,8 = 3,67)

11. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, "Fawlty Towers", The Meaning of Life, A Fish Called Wanda (18 points = 3 + 0,6 = 3,6)

12. Michael Palin

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Time Bandits The Meaning of Life (15 points = 3 + 0,5 = 3,5)

13. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino (10 points = 3,33)

14. Eric Idle

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director, and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage, and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which he later adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life (13 points = 3,25)

15. Graham Chapman

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life (13 points = 3,25)

16. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life (13 points = 3,25)

17. Mario Puzo

Writer | The Godfather

Mario Puzo was born October 15, 1920, in "Hell's Kitchen" on Manhattan's (NY) West Side and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His best-known novel, "The Godfather," was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels...

The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Superman, Superman II, The Godfather: Part III (13 points = 2,6 + 0,5 = 3,1)

18. 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.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (12 points = 3)

19. Burny Mattinson

Writer | The Great Mouse Detective

Burny Mattinson's helmed the Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette "Mickey's Christmas Carol." In 1986, wrote, produced and directed "The Great Mouse Detective." Mattinson's worked on"Sleeping Beauty," "101 Dalmatians," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats" and "...

The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan (20 points = 2 + 1,0 = 3)

20. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Repulsion, Cul-de-Sac, Rosemary's Baby, Bitter Moon, The Ninth Gate, The Ghost Writer, Carnage (16 points = 2,28 + 0,7 = 2,98)

21. Larry Clemmons

Writer | The Rescuers

Larry Clemmons was born on November 25, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The Rescuers (1977), The Aristocats (1970) and The Jungle Book (1967). He was married to Carletta (Cassie) Clarinda Hatch. He died on July 22, 1988 in Friday Harbor, Washington, USA.

The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound (14 points = 2,33 + 0,6 = 2,93)

22. Vance Gerry

Writer | The Great Mouse Detective

Vance Gerry was born on August 21, 1929 in Pasadena, California, USA as Vance Bryden Gerry. He is known for his work on The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Hercules (1997) and The Aristocats (1970). He was married to Mary. He died on March 5, 2005 in Pasadena.

The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, Hercules (16 points = 2 + 0,8 = 2,8)

23. Ken Anderson

Writer | Cinderella

Ken Anderson was born on March 17, 1909 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Kenneth Bliss Anderson. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Robin Hood (1973) and The Aristocats (1970). He was married to Polly Anderson. He died on December 13, 1993 in La Cañada Flintridge, California, USA.

Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers (12 points = 2 + 0,6 = 2,6)

24. 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,...

Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies (16 points = 1,33 + 1,2 = 2,53)

25. John Musker

Writer | Hercules

John Musker was born on November 8, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edward Musker. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Gale Warren since September 22, 1979. They have three children.

The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Island (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,5)

26. 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 ...

Meet the Feebles, Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Lovely Bones, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies (15 points = 1,36 + 1,1 = 2,46)

27. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (14 points = 1,55 + 0,9 = 2,45)

28. Ralph Wright

Writer | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Ralph Wright was born on May 17, 1908 in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA as Ralph Waldo Wright. He was a writer and actor, known for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), Perri (1957) and Lady and the Tramp (1955). He was married to Irmgard Julia Muller and Marjorie Irene Anderson. He died on ...

Bambi, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (12 points = 1,71 + 0,7 =2,41)

29. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

Scarface, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Alexander (10 points = 1,66 + 0,6 = 2,26)

30. Ted Sears

Writer | Pinocchio

As his writing partner, Winston Hibler, once put it, "Perhaps Ted's greatest talent was his own unique brand of humor. It was warm, gentle humor; there was never a barb in it. And his was the key, to Ted's whole personality. He was the kindest man I ever knew. He lived with laughter and without ...

Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty (10 points = 1,66 + 0,6 = 2,26)

31. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Last Action Her, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man Three, The Nice Guys (10 points = 1,42 + 0,7 = 2,12)

32. Bill Peet

Writer | Cinderella

Brother of George C. Peed.

Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone (10 points = 1,42 + 0,7 = 2,12)

33. Hampton Fancher

Writer | Blade Runner 2049

Hampton Fancher was born on July 18, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Hampton Lansden Fancher III. He is an actor and writer, known for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Blade Runner (1982) and The Minus Man (1999). He was previously married to Sue Lyon and Joann McNabb.

Blade Runner, Blade Runner: 2049 (9 points)

34. Michael Herr

Writer | Full Metal Jacket

Michael Herr was born on April 13, 1940 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Michael David Herr. He was a writer and producer, known for Full Metal Jacket (1987), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Rainmaker (1997). He was married to Valerie Elliott. He died on June 23, 2016 in New York, USA.

Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket (9 points)

35. Hans Alfredson

Actor | Den enfaldige mördaren

During 1956-60 Hans Alfredson worked at Sveriges Radio together with Tage Danielsson. They wrote, directed and starred in several revues 1962-1982. As a director and scriptwriter for the screen Alfredson tried many different genres. He had his greatest critical successes with Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled...

Äppelkriget, Ägget är Löst, När Karusellerna Sover (9 points)

36. Gérard Brach

Writer | Der Name der Rose

Gérard Brach was born on July 23, 1927 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a writer and director, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Frantic (1988) and Bitter Moon (1992). He died on September 9, 2006 in Paris, France.

Repulsion, Cul-de-Sac, Name of the Rose, Bitter Moon (9 points)

37. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

Taxi Driver, Raging Bull (8 points)

38. John Milius

Writer | Conan the Barbarian

John Milius is a screenwriter and director who came to prominence in the 1970s, when he was associated with Francis Ford Coppola and the pre-Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) George Lucas. Born on April 11, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Milius was one of the first movie industry ...

Apocalypse Now, "Rome" (8 points)

39. Joe Ranft

Actor | Toy Story

Joe Ranft was born on March 13, 1960 in Pasadena, California, USA as Joseph Henry Ranft. He was an actor and writer, known for Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998) and Cars (2006). He was married to Sue Barry Ranft. He died on August 16, 2005 in Mendocino County, California.

Oliver & Company, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Toy Story, A Bug's Life (8 points)

40. 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, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, Bedazzled, Analyze That (8 points)

41. Erdman Penner

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Erdman Penner was born on January 17, 1905 in Canada. He was a writer, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), Cinderella (1950) and Lady and the Tramp (1955). He died on November 10, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pinocchio, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty (8 points)

42. John Hughes

Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Uncle Buck (1989). He was married to Nancy Hughes. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Home Alone, Beethoven, Home Alone 2, Dennis the Menace, 101 Dalmatians, Flubber, Home Alone 3 (8 points)

43. Richard Maibaum

Writer | Licence to Kill

The name is "Maibaum, Richard Maibaum".....the brilliant screenwriter who adapted the Ian Fleming 007 novels into the highly entertaining screenplays of nearly every James Bond film from Dr. No (1962) through to Licence to Kill (1989). Maibaum attended New York University, then studied acting at ...

Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill (8 points)

44. Franco Arcalli

Editor | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Franco Arcalli was born on March 13, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an editor and writer, known for Last Tango in Paris (1972), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and 1900 (1976). He died on February 24, 1978 in Rome.

Novecento, Once Upon A Time in America (7 points)

45. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...

Novecento, The Last Emperor (7 points)

46. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Solyaris, Stalker (7 points)

47. 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).

Bonnie & Clyde, Superman, Kramer vs. Kramer (7 points)

48. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

The Getaway, Aliens, Alien 3 (7 points)

49. William Cottrell

Director | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

William Cottrell was born on November 19, 1906. He is known for his work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Hazel Sewell. He died on December 22, 1995 in Burbank, California, USA.

Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan (7 points)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound (7 points)

51. Stephen Sinclair

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Stephen Sinclair is a writer and director, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Dead Alive (1992) and Russian Snark (2010).

Meet the Feebles, Braindead, The Two Towers (7 points)

52. David Mamet

Writer | House of Games

David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as David Alan Mamet. He is a writer and producer, known for House of Games (1987), State and Main (2000) and Wag the Dog (1997). He has been married to Rebecca Pidgeon since September 22, 1991. They have two children. He was ...

The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, Ronin, Hannibal (7 points)

53. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, The Polar Express, The Walk (7 points)

54. Joe Grant

Writer | Fantasia

Joe Grant was born on May 15, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Pocahontas (1995). He was married to Jenny Grant. He died on May 6, 2005 in Glendale, California, USA.

Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, Mulan (7 points)

55. Joe Rinaldi

Writer | Cinderella

Joe Rinaldi was born on August 1, 1914. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). He died on November 25, 1974.

Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty ( 7 points)

56. Mardik Martin

Writer | Mean Streets

Mardik Martin is in the elite group of screenwriters on WGA's list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written. He immigrated to the United States from Iraq to attend 'New York University'. He won the Mahler award and graduated with a Master's degree in Screenwriting in 1968, then went on to teach at ...

Mean Streets, Raging Bull (6 points)

57. Andrew Birkin

Writer | Der Name der Rose

Andrew Birkin was born on December 9, 1945 in London, England as Andrew Timothy Birkin. He is known for his work on The Name of the Rose (1986), The Cement Garden (1993) and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006).

The Name of the Rose, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (6 points)

58. Jay Presson Allen

Writer | Cabaret

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she ...

Cabaret, Lord of the Flies (6 points)

59. Ernest Lehman

Writer | North by Northwest

One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "...

The Sound of Music, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (6 points)

60. Luciano Vincenzoni

Writer | Raw Deal

Luciano Vincenzoni, born in Treviso, March 7, 1926, studied law in Rome and Padua. In 1952, with his friend Tony Roma, he produced "Oliva Incantesimo Tragico", starring María Félix. In 1954, he wrote his first script "Hanno Rubato un Tram", directed by Aldo Fabrizi. In this year, he met 'Pietro ...

For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad & the Ugly (6 points)

61. David Webb Peoples

Writer | Unforgiven

David Webb Peoples was born on February 9, 1940 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He is a writer and editor, known for Unforgiven (1992), Blade Runner (1982) and 12 Monkeys (1995). He is married to Janet Peoples.

Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys (6 points)

62. 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 ...

Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot (6 points)

63. 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 ...

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Scent of a Woman, Meet Joe Black (6 points)

64. Warren Skaaren

Writer | Batman

A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Served as first commissioner of the Texas Film Commission from 1970.

Beverly Hills Cop II, Beetlejuice, Batman (6 points)

65. Johanna Harwood

Writer | Dr. No

Johanna Harwood is known for her work on Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Ne jouez pas avec les Martiens (1968). She was previously married to René Clément.

Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger (6 points)

66. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Oliver & Company, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, Logan (6 points)

67. Winston Hibler

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Songwriter ("A Boy Is a Curious Thing"), auhor, director, producer and actor, educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Between 1928 and 1938 he was a Broadway stage actor and appeared in several films, and from 1938 to 1942 he was a writer for radio, films and stage productions, and later...

Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty (6 points)

The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company (6 points)

69. Dalton Trumbo

Writer | Roman Holiday

Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery.

Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in ...

Spartacus, Papillon (5 points)

70. Dan O'Bannon

Writer | Alien

Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film).

O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi ...

Alien, Total Recall (5 points)

71. Ronald Shusett

Writer | Alien

Ronald Shusett was born to David and Fanny Shusett in June 1935. His younger brother Gary (1941 - 2013) founded the Sherwood Oaks Film School. When Ronald was three the family moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles where he grew up. He attended UCLA for two years and in the mid-1960s began producing ...

Alien, Total Recall (5 points)

72. Jeb Stuart

Writer | The Fugitive

Jeb Stuart was born on January 21, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Fugitive (1993), Die Hard (1988) and Lock Up (1989). He has been married to Mari Stuart since May 2003. He was previously married to Anne Bryant Stuart.

Die Hard, The Fugitive (5 points)

73. Leigh Brackett

Writer | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Leigh Douglass Brackett was born in 1915 in Los Angeles. She was the author of numerous short stories and books regarding science fiction and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera. Hollywood director Howard Hawks was so impressed by one of her novels that he had his secretary call in "...

The Big Sleep, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (5 points)

74. John Michael Hayes

Writer | Rear Window

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, John Michael Hayes began his writing career as a newspaper reporter. Following service with the US Army during WWII, he moved to California where he wrote for such radio dramas as Sam Spade and Inner Sanctum. Moving to film in 1952, he has amassed credits which ...

Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much (5 points)

75. Michael McDowell

Writer | Beetlejuice

McDowell was born in Enterprise, Alabama. According to his biography in the 1985 edition of Toplin, McDowell lived in Medford, Massachusetts. He also maintained a residence in Hollywood with his sister Ann and adventurer-filmmaker Peter Lake. The biography described a typical day: McDowell "writes ...

Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas (5 points)

76. Charles McKeown

Actor | Brazil

Charles McKeown was born in 1946 in Dudley, Worcestershire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) and Spies Like Us (1985).

Brazil, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (5 points)

77. Howard Franklin

Writer | Der Name der Rose

Howard Franklin is a writer and director, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Antitrust (2001) and The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997).

The Name of the Rose, The Man Who Knew Too Little (5 points)

78. David Giler

Producer | Aliens

David Giler was born as David Kevin Giler. He is a producer and writer, known for Aliens (1986), Alien³ (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). He was previously married to Nancy Kwan.

Aliens, Alien 3 (5 points)

79. Milt Banta

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Milt Banta was born on November 1, 1922 in Ontario, California, USA. He is known for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He died on October 4, 1959 in Pasadena, California.

Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan (5 points)

80. 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, Batman Returns (5 points)

81. Bob Gale

Writer | Back to the Future

Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern ...

Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II (5 points)

82. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

Rocky, Rocky II (5 points)

83. Eric Cleworth

Animation_department | The AristoCats

Started work at the Walt Disney Studios in 1939.

The AristoCats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (5 points)

84. Julius Svendsen

Animation_department | The AristoCats

The AristoCats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (5 points)

85. 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 ...

Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Misery (5 points)

86. Larry Ferguson

Writer | The Hunt for Red October

Larry Ferguson was born in 1940. He is a writer and actor, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), Alien³ (1992) and Highlander (1986).

Beverly Hills Cop II, The Hunt for Red October, Alien 3 (5 points)

87. 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...

The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II (5 points)

88. Tom Mankiewicz

Writer | Ladyhawke

Tom Mankiewicz was born on June 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Frank Mankiewicz. He is known for his work on Ladyhawke (1985), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He died on July 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun (5 points)

89. Otto Englander

Writer | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Englander, a story man for over twenty years at the Disney Studios and MGM, came to the U.S. in the 1920s as an art director for the Chester School in New York. Englander died of a heart attack.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo (5 points)

90. Webb Smith

Writer | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Webb Smith was born on January 18, 1895 as Webster Smith. He is known for his work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Dumbo (1941) and Pinocchio (1940).

Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo (5 points)

91. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, Avatar (5 points)

92. 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...

Annie Hall, Hollywood Endings, Match Point, Scoop, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris (5 points)

93. Raynold Gideon

Writer | Stand by Me

Raynold Gideon is an actor and writer, known for Stand by Me (1986), Starman (1984) and Mr. Brooks (2007).

Stand By Me, Cutthroat Island (4 points)

Stand By Me, Cutthroat Island (4 points)

95. Terry Southern

Writer | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Terry Southern began writing satirical, outrageous fiction at the age of 12, when he took it upon himself to rewrite various Edgar Allan Poe stories "because they didn't go far enough". After serving as a lieutenant in the army in World War II, he began writing short stories in earnest while ...

Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella (4 points)

96. Eddie Murphy

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Lynch (born: Lillian Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a ...

Beverly Hills Cop II, Coming to America (4 points)

97. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Gremlins, Nine Months (4 points)

98. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

Halloween, Escape from New York (4 points)

99. Frank Thomas

Actor | The Incredibles

Frank Thomas was born on September 5, 1912 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Incredibles (2004), The Iron Giant (1999) and The Aristocats (1970). He was married to Jeanette A. Thomas. He died on September 8, 2004 in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

The AristoCats, The Rescuers (4 points)

100. Steve Hulett

Writer | The Great Mouse Detective

Since 1989, has served as Business Representative of The Animation Guild and Affiliated Optical Electronic and Graphic Arts, Local 839 IATSE (fka Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists), the animators' union.

The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective (4 points)



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