The WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays

The following list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays was released by the WGA on April 7, 2006:

  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. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo
  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. Based on “The Wisdom of Eve,” a short story and radio play by Mary Orr
  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. Based on “Fanfare of Love,” a German film written by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan
  10. THE GODFATHER II
    Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo. Based on Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather”
  11. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
    Written by William Goldman
  12. DR. STRANGELOVE
    Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern. Based on novel “Red Alert” by Peter George
  13. THE GRADUATE
    Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb
  14. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
    Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Based on the life and writings of Col. T.E. Lawrence
  15. THE APARTMENT
    Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
  16. PULP FICTION
    Written by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
  17. TOOTSIE
    Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart
  18. ON THE WATERFRONT
    Screen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg. Based on “Crime on the Waterfront” articles by Malcolm Johnson
  19. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    Screenplay by Horton Foote. Based on the novel by Harper Lee
  20. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
    Screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank Capra. Based on short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. Contributions to screenplay Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling
  21. NORTH BY NORTHWEST
    Written by Ernest Lehman
  22. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
    Screenplay by Frank Darabont. Based on the short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King
  23. GONE WITH THE WIND
    Screenplay by Sidney Howard. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
  24. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
    Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
  25. THE WIZARD OF OZ
    Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
  26. DOUBLE INDEMNITY
    Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Based on the novel by James M. Cain
  27. GROUNDHOG DAY
    Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Story by Danny Rubin
  28. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
    Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
  29. SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS
    Written by Preston Sturges
  30. UNFORGIVEN
    Written by David Webb Peoples
  31. HIS GIRL FRIDAY
    Screenplay by Charles Lederer. Based on the play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
  32. FARGO
    Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  33. THE THIRD MAN
    Screenplay by Graham Greene. Story by Graham Greene. Based on the short story by Graham Greene
  34. THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
    Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman. From a novelette by Ernest Lehman
  35. THE USUAL SUSPECTS
    Written by Christopher McQuarrie
  36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY
    Screenplay by Waldo Salt. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy
  37. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
    Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart. Based on the play by Philip Barry
  38. AMERICAN BEAUTY
    Written by Alan Ball
  39. THE STING
    Written by David S. Ward
  40. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
    Written by Nora Ephron
  41. GOODFELLAS
    Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. Based on book “Wise Guy” by Nicholas Pileggi
  42. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
    Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman
  43. TAXI DRIVER
    Written by Paul Schrader
  44. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
    Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. Based on novel “Glory For Me” by MacKinley Kantor
  45. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
    Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey
  46. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
    Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by B. Traven
  47. THE MALTESE FALCON
    Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
  48. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
    Screenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle
  49. SCHINDLER’S LIST
    Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally
  50. THE SIXTH SENSE
    Written by M. Night Shyamalan
  51. BROADCAST NEWS
    Written by James L. Brooks
  52. THE LADY EVE
    Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Story by Monckton Hoffe
  53. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
    Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
  54. MANHATTAN
    Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman
  55. APOCALYPSE NOW
    Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola. Narration by Michael Herr
  56. BACK TO THE FUTURE
    Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
  57. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
    Written by Woody Allen
  58. ORDINARY PEOPLE
    Screenplay by Alvin Sargent. Based on the novel by Judith Guest
  59. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
    Screenplay by Robert Riskin. Based on the story “Night Bus” by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  60. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
    Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy
  61. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
    Screenplay by Ted Tally. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris
  62. MOONSTRUCK
    Written by John Patrick Shanley
  63. JAWS
    Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley
  64. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
    Screenplay by James L. Brooks. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry
  65. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
    Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
  66. JERRY MAGUIRE
    Written by Cameron Crowe
  67. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
    Written by Melissa Mathison
  68. STAR WARS
    Written by George Lucas
  69. DOG DAY AFTERNOON
    Screenplay by Frank Pierson. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore
  70. THE AFRICAN QUEEN
    Screenplay by James Agee and John Huston. Based on the novel by C.S. Forester
  71. THE LION IN WINTER
    Screenplay by James Goldman. Based on the play by James Goldman
  72. THELMA & LOUISE
    Written by Callie Khouri
  73. AMADEUS
    Screenplay by Peter Shaffer. Based on his play
  74. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
    Written by Charlie Kaufman
  75. HIGH NOON
    Screenplay by Carl Foreman. Based on short story “The Tin Star” by John W. Cunningham
  76. RAGING BULL
    Screenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage
  77. ADAPTATION
    Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. Based on the book “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean
  78. ROCKY
    Written by Sylvester Stallone
  79. THE PRODUCERS
    Written by Mel Brooks
  80. WITNESS
    Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley. Story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace
  81. BEING THERE
    Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski. Inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski
  82. COOL HAND LUKE
    Screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson. Based on the novel by Donn Pearce
  83. REAR WINDOW
    Screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich
  84. THE PRINCESS BRIDE
    Screenplay by William Goldman. Based on his novel
  85. LA GRANDE ILLUSION
    Written by Jean Renoir and Charles Spaak
  86. HAROLD & MAUDE
    Written by Colin Higgins
  87. 8 1/2
    Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rond. Story by Fellini, Flaiano
  88. FIELD OF DREAMS
    Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson. Based on the book by W.P. Kinsella
  89. FORREST GUMP
    Screenplay by Eric Roth. Based on the novel by Winston Groom
  90. SIDEWAYS
    Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. Based on the novel by Rex Pickett
  91. THE VERDICT
    Screenplay by David Mamet. Based on the novel by Barry Reed
  92. PSYCHO
    Screenplay by Joseph Stefano. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch
  93. DO THE RIGHT THING
    Written by Spike Lee
  94. PATTON
    Screen Story and Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North. Based on “A Soldier’s Story” by Omar H. Bradley and “Patton: Ordeal and Triumph” by Ladislas Farago
  95. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
    Written by Woody Allen
  96. THE HUSTLER
    Screenplay by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis
  97. THE SEARCHERS
    Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent. Based on the novel by Alan Le May
  98. THE GRAPES OF WRATH
    Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
  99. THE WILD BUNCH
    Screenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah. Story by Walon Green and Roy Sickner
  100. MEMENTO
    Screenplay by Christopher Nolan. Based on the short story “Memento Mori” by Jonathan Nolan
  101. NOTORIOUS
    Written by Ben Hecht