The BEST mainstream screenwriters.by a_NORMAL_movie_fan | created - 26 Nov 2013 | updated - 26 Nov 2013 | Public
Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
5. Kelly Marcel
Writer | Fifty Shades of Grey
Kelly is primarily a writer for film and television but started her career in musical theater with the UK version of "Debbie Does Dallas, the Musical".
She is a co-artistic director of "The Bad Dog Theater Company"; founded in 2010 alongside the actor Tom Hardy and fellow writer Brett C. Leonard.
10. Jonathan Nolan
Writer | Westworld
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, "...
11. John Logan
Writer | Skyfall
John Logan was a playwright in Chicago for ten years before writing, on spec, his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday." He won the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for his play RED, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the Golden Theatre on ...
14. André Nemec
Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Andre Nemec (born 1972) is an American writer and producer. His screenplays include Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He is also the co-creator of ABC Studios dramas "October Road," "Life on Mars" and "Happy Town." Other past credits include "Alias," "Fastlane", "She Spies" and "Profiler."
Writer | Armageddon
One of the most prolific screenwriters in the action/adventure genre, Jonathan started his career writing episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) for George Lucas and ABC. He wrote Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), re-conceived from his original spec script "Simon Says". He followed ...
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.
19. Aaron Sorkin
Writer | The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...
24. Deborah Kaplan
Writer | Liza on Demand
Writer/director Deborah Kaplan met partner, writer/director Harry Elfont, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' prestigious film school. In a strange coincidence, they discovered that their parents were friends and that they both attended neighboring high schools in Philadelphia. Kaplan had spent time...
25. Ron Shelton
Writer | Bull Durham
Ron Shelton was born on September 15, 1945 in Whittier, California, USA as Ronald Wayne Shelton. He is a writer and director, known for Bull Durham (1988), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Tin Cup (1996). He has been married to Lolita Davidovich since 1997. They have one child.
26. John August
Writer | Big Fish
John August's screenwriting credits include Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Titan A.E. (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter ...
27. David Benioff
Writer | Game of Thrones
David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as David Friedman. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Kite Runner (2007) and 25th Hour (2002). He has been married to Amanda Peet since September 30, 2006. They have three children.
Writer | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Marianne Wibberley was born on June 12, 1965 in California, USA as Marianne Sellek. She is a writer and producer, known for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The 6th Day (2000) and National Treasure (2004). She has been married to Cormac Wibberley since October 29, 1983. They have one child.
32. Cormac Wibberley
Writer | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Cormac Wibberley was born on October 28, 1959 in California, USA as Cormac O'Connor Wibberley. He is a writer and producer, known for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The 6th Day (2000) and National Treasure (2004). He has been married to Marianne Wibberley since October 29, 1983. They have ...
33. 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) ...
Writer | Apollo 13
William Broyles Jr. was born on October 8, 1944 in Harris County, Texas, USA as William Dodson Broyles Jr. He is known for his work on Apollo 13 (1995), Cast Away (2000) and Flags of our Fathers (2006). He is married to Andrea Bettina Berndt. They have three children. He was previously married to ...
38. Eric Roth
Writer | Forrest Gump
Eric Roth was born on March 22, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He has been married to Debra Greenfield since 1987. They have five children.
42. Leslye Headland
Writer | Bachelorette
Leslye Headland was born on November 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslye Ann Headland. She is a writer and director, known for Bachelorette (2012), Sleeping with Other People (2015) and Russian Doll (2019). She has been married to Rebecca Henderson since September 18, 2016.
44. Skip Woods
Writer | Thursday
Skip Woods is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for "Swordfish", the film adaptation of the Hitman video game series, and the 5th installment of the Die Hard franchise, "A Good Day to Die Hard". He lives in Austin, Texas. Woods is also a partner in ...
45. Edgar Wright
Director | Shaun of the Dead
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
46. Glen Morgan
Producer | The X Files
Glen Morgan was born on January 16, 1947 in San Francisco, California, USA as Glenn Duane Morgan. He is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), Space: Above and Beyond (1995) and Willard (2003). He has been married to Kristen Cloke since June 13, 1998. They have four children. He was ...
47. Brad Falchuk
Writer | Glee
Brad Falchuk is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Pose (2018). He has been married to Gwyneth Paltrow since September 29, 2018. He was previously married to Suzanne Bukinik.
Mainly for American Horror Story.
48. Ryan Murphy
Writer | Glee
Ryan Murphy was born on November 9, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Eat Pray Love (2010). He has been married to David Miller since July 4, 2012. They have two children.
Mainly for American Horror Story
51. John Ridley
Producer | 12 Years a Slave
John Ridley is the author of seven published novels, the most recent, What Fire Cannot Burn from Warner Books and The Drift from Knopf. His first novel, Stray Dogs, was made into the feature film U Turn (1997) directed by Oliver Stone and starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Nolte. ...
52. Tony Gilroy
Writer | Michael Clayton
Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate (1997) and The Cutting Edge (1992).
53. Shane Salerno
Writer | Avatar 2
Shane Salerno is the co-screenwriter of the forthcoming Avatar 2 (2020), Avatar 3 (2021), Avatar 4 (2024), Avatar 5 (2025) produced and directed by Oscar winner James Cameron. He has been a professional screenwriter since the age of 19. In the years that have followed Detour Magazine has named ...
57. Ted Elliott
Writer | Shrek
Ted Elliott was born on July 4, 1961 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
60. Terry Rossio
Writer | Aladdin
Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Aladdin (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Shrek (2001).
61. Linda Woolverton
Writer | Maleficent
Linda Woolverton was born in Long Beach, California, graduating from high school in 1969 and having been an honors student in her schools theater program. She enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a BFA in Theater Arts in 1973. She worked full-time for a year in the ...
Writer | The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...