The Best Screenwriters Ever!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 10 Apr 2018 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists. Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. 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 ...

10140 points

2. 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 ...

10021 points

3. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

8095 points

4. Kôgo Noda

Writer | Banshun

Kôgo Noda is most famously know for working alongside Yasujiro Ozu in the writing of his screenplays for some of his most famous movies. Noda was born on November 19, 1893 and died at age 74 on September 23, 1968. He co-wrote some of Yasujiro's most famous films, for example: Tokyo Story (1953), ...

7479 points

5. 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...

7473 points

6. Cesare Zavattini

Writer | Ladri di biciclette

Cesare Zavattini was born on September 29, 1902 in Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Father's Dilemma (1950) and Umberto D. (1952). He died on October 13, 1989 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

7014 points

7. Suso Cecchi D'Amico

Writer | Ladri di biciclette

Suso Cecchi D'Amico was born on July 21, 1914 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giovanna Cecchi. She was a writer, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and To Live in Peace (1947). She was married to Fidele d'Amico. She died on July 31, 2010 in Rome.

6626 points

8. Tullio Pinelli

Writer | La dolce vita

Tullio Pinelli was born on June 24, 1908 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He was a writer, known for La Dolce Vita (1960), La Strada (1954) and The Nights of Cabiria (1957). He was married to Madeleine Lebeau. He died on March 7, 2009 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

6303 points

9. Furio Scarpelli

Writer | Il postino

Furio Scarpelli was born on December 16, 1919 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Postman (Il Postino) (1994), The Family (1987) and La terrazza (1980). He died on April 28, 2010 in Rome.

5523 points

10. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

5453 points

11. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

5203 points

12. Jean-Claude Carrière

Writer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France as Jean-Claude François Carrière. He is a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Happy Anniversary (1962).

5177 points

13. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

5144 points

14. Ben Hecht

Writer | Notorious

Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing...

4966 points

15. Tonino Guerra

Writer | Amarcord

Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years...

4957 points

16. Charles Brackett

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

Charles Brackett, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, of Scottish ancestry, followed in his attorney-father's footsteps and graduated with a law degree from Harvard University in 1920. He practised law for several years, before commencing work as drama critic for The New Yorker (1925-29), in ...

4558 points

17. Shinobu Hashimoto

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

Shinobu Hashimoto was born on April 18, 1918 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for The Hidden Fortress (1958), Ikiru (1952) and Rashomon (1950). He died on July 19, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

4430 points

18. 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.

4397 points

19. Ettore Scola

Writer | Una giornata particolare

Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for A Special Day (1977), Passion of Love (1981) and Le Bal (1983). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

4326 points

20. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

4283 points

21. Ennio Flaiano

Writer |

Ennio Flaiano was born on March 5, 1910 in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. He was a writer and actor, known for (1963), La Dolce Vita (1960) and The Nights of Cabiria (1957). He was married to Rosetta Rota. He died on November 20, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

4261 points

22. Jules Furthman

Writer | To Have and Have Not

Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the ...

4231 points

23. Samson Raphaelson

Writer | Suspicion

Samson Raphaelson was born on March 30, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA as Sampson Miles Raphaelson. He was a writer, known for Suspicion (1941), That Lady in Ermine (1948) and The Shop Around the Corner (1940). He was married to Dorothy Deborah Wegman and Rayna DeCosta Simons. He died on July...

4228 points

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

4163 points

25. I.A.L. Diamond

Writer | The Apartment

I.A.L. Diamond was born on June 27, 1920 in Ungheni, Romania as Itek Domnici. He was a writer and producer, known for The Apartment (1960), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). He was married to Barbara Ann Bentley. He died on April 21, 1988 in Beverly Hills, ...

4088 points

26. Robert Riskin

Writer | It Happened One Night

Robert Riskin was born on March 30, 1897 in New York City, New York, USA as Reuben Robert Riskin. He was a writer and producer, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). He was married to Fay Wray. He died on September 20, 1955 in ...

3958 points

27. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

3883 points

28. Nunnally Johnson

Writer | The Grapes of Wrath

The son of a railway superintendent, Nunnally Johnson was schooled in Columbus, Georgia, graduating in 1915. He worked for the local newspaper as a delivery boy, became a junior reporter for the Savannah Press and then moved on to New York in 1919. There, his journalistic career really took off, ...

3685 points

29. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.

He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...

3677 points

30. 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, "...

3612 points

31. Dudley Nichols

Writer | Sister Kenny

First artist to refuse the Oscar when he won Best Screenplay for The Informer (1935).

3572 points

32. 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 ...

3486 points

33. 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, ...

3378 points

34. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | The Dark Knight

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, "...

3363 points

35. Thea von Harbou

Writer | Metropolis

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M (1931) and Elisabeth und der Narr (1934). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 ...

3238 points

36. 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 ...

3133 points

37. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

3126 points

38. 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 "...

3107 points

39. Robert Rossen

Writer | The Hustler

Robert Rossen was born on March 16, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Rosen. He was a writer and director, known for The Hustler (1961), All the King's Men (1949) and Lilith (1964). He was married to Susan Siegal. He died on February 18, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

2916 points

40. Ernest Vajda

Writer | The Love Parade

The Hungarian playwright and novelist Ernest Vajda was educated at a monastic college in Paps, where he graduated with a degree in electrochemistry in 1904. He added a Ph.D. to his name in 1908 and produced his first play the following year. Vajda held several editorial jobs in Hungary before ...

2850 points

41. Donald Ogden Stewart

Writer | The Philadelphia Story

Donald Ogden Stewart was born on November 30, 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Philadelphia Story (1940), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Laughter (1930). He was married to Leonore (Ella) Sophie Winter Steffens and Beatrice Ames. He died on August 2, 1980 in ...

2820 points

42. Carl Mayer

Writer | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Carl Meyer was the son of a stock speculator who committed suicide. He had to leave school at 15 to work as a secretary. Mayer moved away from Graz to Innsbruck and then Vienna, where he worked as a dramatist. Meanwhile, the events of the First World War turned him into a pacifist.

In 1917 he went ...

2772 points

43. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

2760 points

44. Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer | Adams æbler

Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen ...

2737 points

45. Paul Osborn

Writer | East of Eden

Suffered from a degenerative eye disease from the early 1970's, which effectively curtailed his writing.

2733 points

46. Casey Robinson

Writer | Captain Blood

Casey Robinson was born on October 17, 1903 in Logan, Utah, USA as Kenneth Casey Robinson. He was a writer and director, known for Captain Blood (1935), Days of Glory (1944) and Diplomatic Courier (1952). He was married to Tamara Toumanova, Audray Dale and Joan Potts. He died on December 6, 1979 in...

2730 points

47. Seton I. Miller

Writer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Seton I. Miller was one of Hollywood's most accomplished writers of action and adventure films in the 1930's and 40's. A graduate of Yale University, he initially entered the film industry with MGM as an actor and 'technical advisor' on Brown of Harvard (1926), a collegiate romance first filmed at ...

2718 points

48. Emeric Pressburger

Writer | The Red Shoes

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...

2698 points

49. Krzysztof Piesiewicz

Writer | Trois couleurs: Rouge

Born in 1945 in Warsaw. In 1970, graduated in law from Warsaw University. Articled as a judge and as a barrister. In legal practice since 1973. Is mainly a criminal defence lawyer, but has also specialised in family law and in protection of personal goods and chattels. During Martial Law, acted as ...

2695 points

50. Enrico Medioli

Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Enrico Medioli was born on March 17, 1925 in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and The Damned (1969). He died on April 21, 2017 in Orvieto, Umbria, Italy.

2680 points

51. Sidney Buchman

Writer | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The son of a Russian émigré clothing merchant, Sidney Buchman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on March 27 1902. He initially attended the University of Minnesota. After his family moved to New York, he continued his studies at Columbia University, graduating in 1923. The following year, he travelled...

2665 points

52. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

2639 points

53. Jean Gruault

Writer | Mon oncle d'Amérique

Jean Gruault was born on August 3, 1924 in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France as Jean Valery Gruault. He was a writer and actor, known for My American Uncle (1980), Jules and Jim (1962) and The Story of Adele H (1975). He was married to Ginette Geslot. He died on June 8, 2015 ...

2627 points

54. Sergio Amidei

Writer | Il generale Della Rovere

Sergio Amidei was born on October 30, 1904 in Trieste, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer and producer, known for Il Generale Della Rovere (1959), Rome, Open City (1945) and Easy Years (1953). He died on April 14, 1981 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

2584 points

55. 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 Twelve Monkeys (1995). He is married to Janet Peoples.

2479 points

56. Alvin Sargent

Writer | Spider-Man 2

Alvin Sargent was born on April 12, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Alvin Supowitz. He is known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), Ordinary People (1980) and Paper Moon (1973). He was married to Laura Ziskin and Joan Camden. He died on May 9, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

2456 points

57. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Is the grandfather of Anya Epstein and her brother, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (the youngest GM in baseball history, who built the 2004 team than won the first Red Sox World Series victory since 1918, reversing the so-called "curse of the Bambino").

2393 points

58. Philip Yordan

Writer | Detective Story

Philip Yordan was born on April 1, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Detective Story (1951), Broken Lance (1954) and Dillinger (1945). He was married to Faith Clift and Marilyn Nash. He died on March 24, 2003 in La Jolla, California, USA.

2391 points

59. Lenore J. Coffee

Writer | Four Daughters

Novelist and screenwriter, educated at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. An avid movie enthusiast in her youth, she came to films after replying to an advertising campaign launched by actress Clara Kimball Young, who was on the lookout for better scripts. Coffee won the competition and ...

2382 points

60. 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 ...

2359 points

61. Guillermo Arriaga

Writer | Amores perros

Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for Amores Perros (2000), Three Burials (2005) and 21 Grams (2003).

2355 points

62. Ronald Harwood

Writer | The Pianist

Born in South-Africa in 1934, Ronald Harwood moved to London in 1951 to pursue a career in the theater. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he joined the Shakespeare Company of Sir Donald Wolfit, one of the last 'actor-manager' of Great-Britain. From 1953 to 1958, Harwood became the ...

2351 points

63. Paul Laverty

Writer | I, Daniel Blake

Paul Laverty was born in Calcutta, India, to an Irish mother and Scottish father.

He obtained a Philosophy degree at the Gregorian University in Rome. Thereafter he obtained a law degree in Glasgow and went on to do an apprenticeship with two of Scotland's most celebrated lawyers. He became a ...

2316 points

64. 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 ...

2308 points

65. 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 ...

2296 points

67. Jo Swerling

Writer | It's a Wonderful Life

Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Jo Swerling, who also was a Tony Award-winning Broadway writer and lyricist, was born in Berdichev, Ukraine in what was then the Russian Empire. His family emigrated from Czarist Russia and he grew up on the Lower East Side in New York City.

From a youthful job...

2253 points

68. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer | All About Eve

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...

2248 points

69. Charles Spaak

Writer | La grande illusion

Charles Spaak was born on May 25, 1903 in Brussels, Belgium. He was a writer and director, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Before the Deluge (1954) and Le mystère Barton (1949). He was married to Janine Spaak and Claude Marcy. He died on March 4, 1975 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

2219 points

70. Peter Märthesheimer

Producer | Acht Stunden sind kein Tag

Peter Märthesheimer was born on July 9, 1937 in Kiel, Germany. He was a producer and writer, known for Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) and Der Bulle & das Mädchen (1985). He died on June 18, 2004 in Berlin, Germany.

2211 points

71. Frances Goodrich

Writer | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Frances Goodrich was born on December 21, 1890 in Belleville, New Jersey, USA. She was a writer, known for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Easter Parade (1948) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949). She was married to Albert Hackett, Henrik Van Loon and Robert Ames. She died on January 29, ...

2173 points

72. Albert Hackett

Writer | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Albert Hackett was born on February 16, 1900 in New York City, New York, USA as Albert Maurice Hackett. He was a writer and actor, known for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Easter Parade (1948) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949). He was married to Gisella Svetlik and Frances Goodrich. He...

2173 points

73. Rustam Ibragimbekov

Writer | Kabusun gözleri ile

Rustam Ibragimbekov was born on January 5, 1939 in Baku, USSR as Rustam Mamed Ibragimbekov. He is a writer and producer, known for A Trap for the Ghost, (2010), The Saint (1997) and Close to Eden (1991).

2142 points

74. Waldo Salt

Writer | Midnight Cowboy

Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 ...

2136 points

75. Claudine West

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist and playwright, who began as a writer of magazine articles. In Hollywood from 1929, she worked under contract at MGM, often on continuity scripts or additional dialogue, on British-themed prestige pictures, invariably in collaboration with others.

2126 points

76. Herman J. Mankiewicz

Writer | Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...

2123 points

77. Michael Wilson

Writer | Lawrence of Arabia

Graduated from the University of California at Berkely in 1936, majoring in literature and history. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio analyst during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant by the time of his discharge.

2123 points

78. Walter Reisch

Writer | Titanic

After completing studies in literature at the University of Vienna, Walter Reisch began his screen career as an extra and title writer in 1918. He eventually made the acquaintance of Stephan Lorant, a refuge from the Horty regime in Hungary, who, within a single year, had made a name for himself in...

2071 points

79. Betty Comden

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with the Washington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a night club act which also ...

2060 points

80. Adolph Green

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time", "Make Someone Happy"), author and actor, educated at City College of New York. While he was a student, he acted with the Washington Square Players and had a part in the road company of "Having a Wonderful Time". A member of The ...

2060 points

81. Giuseppe De Santis

Writer | Caccia tragica

Giuseppe De Santis was born on February 11, 1917 in Fondi, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Tragic Hunt (1947), Days of Love (1954) and Bitter Rice (1949). He was married to Gordana Miletic. He died on May 16, 1997 in Rome, Lazio.

2035 points

82. Lillian Hellman

Writer | The Little Foxes

During the 1930s, it was fashionable to be a part of the radical political movement in Hollywood. Lillian Hellman devoted herself to the cause along with other writers and actors in their zeal to reform. Her independence set her apart from all but a few women of the day, and gave her writing an ...

1992 points

83. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna

The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he ...

1988 points

84. Jerzy Stefan Stawinski

Writer | Eroica

Joined the Polish partisans in 1940 and participated in the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1944.

1972 points

85. Wendell Mayes

Writer | Anatomy of a Murder

Wendell Mayes was born on July 22, 1918 in Hayti, Missouri, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Death Wish (1974). He died on March 28, 1992 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

1903 points

86. Steven Zaillian

Writer | Schindler's List

Steven Zaillian was born on January 30, 1953 in Fresno, California, USA as Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian. He is a writer and producer, known for Schindler's List (1993), A Civil Action (1998) and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993).

1891 points

87. Bryan Forbes

Actor | The Guns of Navarone

Bryan Forbes was born on July 22, 1926 in Stratford, London, England as John Theobald Clarke. He was an actor and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Whisperers (1967) and Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964). He was married to Nanette Newman and Constance Smith. He died on May 8, 2013 ...

1890 points

88. DeWitt Bodeen

Writer | Cat People

Bodeen started out as a stage actor and playwright. In his latter capacity, he enjoyed a moderate amount of success with "Escape to Autumn" and "Thing of Beauty", before finding work as a reader in Hollywood. One of Bodeen's plays, "Embers at Haworth" (about the Bronte sisters), came to the ...

1878 points

89. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

1863 points

90. Robert E. Sherwood

Writer | The Best Years of Our Lives

Robert E. Sherwood, a brilliant multifaceted writer, was born to Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, educated at the Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard, and was wounded while serving with the Canadian Black Watch in WWI. His literary career started with jobs as movie critic at Vanity ...

1854 points

91. William Rose

Writer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

William Rose was born on December 12, 1914 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as William Arthur Rose. He was a writer, known for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and The Ladykillers (1955). He was married to Tania Rose. He died on February 10, 1987 in Jersey, ...

1850 points

92. Samuel Hoffenstein

Writer | Laura

Lithuanian-born author and screenwriter, in the U.S. from 1894. Hoffenstein graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and subsequently went to work as a reporter for a local newspaper. By 1913, he had moved on to a position as a drama critic for the New York Evening Sun. At the same time, he...

1840 points

93. Tobias Lindholm

Writer | Jagten

Tobias Lindholm was born on July 5, 1977 in Næstved, Denmark. He is a writer, known for The Hunt (2012), A Hijacking (2012) and A War (2015).

1837 points

94. James Schamus

Producer | Wo hu cang long

James Schamus was born on September 7, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lust, Caution (2007) and The Ice Storm (1997). He is married to Nancy Jean Kricorian. They have two children.

1820 points

95. John L. Balderston

Writer | Bride of Frankenstein

John L. Balderston was born on October 22, 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as John Lloyd Balderston. He was a writer, known for Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Frankenstein (1931). He was married to Marion Alberta Rubicam. He died on March 8, 1954 in Los ...

1792 points

96. Paddy Chayefsky

Writer | Network

Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "...

1772 points

97. Suzanne Schiffman

Writer | Le dernier métro

Suzanne Schiffman was born on September 27, 1929 in Paris, France as Suzanne Klochendler. She is known for her work on The Last Metro (1980), Day for Night (1973) and The Story of Adele H (1975). She died on June 6, 2001 in Paris.

1770 points

1756 points

100. William Faulkner

Writer | To Have and Have Not

William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom...

1746 points



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