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Best Screenplay You've Read?

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Topic: Best Screenplay You've Read?
Posted By: Puspus
Subject: Best Screenplay You've Read?
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 6:34pm
I'm in the middle of Forrest Gump right now because the whole "it covers his entire life" aspect is similar to something else I'm writing and I need inspo (and if you have any other recs for similar movies, please let me know). I also just finished Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino really has a way of pulling you in through, not just dialogue, but his scene descriptions. However, and I will die on this hill, I've never read anything better than the shooting script for Boogie Nights.

But I wanna hear your favs! Feel free to link em if you have it handy.


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Posted By: NilesPerry
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 6:47pm
Anything by Lawrence Kasdan is both an enjoyable read and an extremely well-written screenplay. You can find Raiders of the Lost Ark here, as well as quite a few other really great screenplays:
http://www.wiredwednesday.org/handouts.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.wiredwednesday.org/handouts.html


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 6:51pm
I have to admit that my favorite is Back to the Future  - not because it's awesome, but because the action lines are so jumpy and casual that it cracks me up.

I also love the Godfather because the script is so simple compared to the richness on screen. But that's a gimme.


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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 7:10pm
I love the movie "Memento" and the screenplay is available online. I think it's a good example of who to structure a complex, time-jumping plot.

https://stephenfollows.com/resource-docs/scripts/memento.pdf" rel="nofollow - https://stephenfollows.com/resource-docs/scripts/memento.pdf


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Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 7:58pm
I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!


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Posted By: MissKeister
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 8:22pm
Originally posted by OnyxLily OnyxLily wrote:

I love the movie "Memento" and the screenplay is available online. I think it's a good example of who to structure a complex, time-jumping plot.

https://stephenfollows.com/resource-docs/scripts/memento.pdf" rel="nofollow - https://stephenfollows.com/resource-docs/scripts/memento.pdf

I was going to say this one too!  I couldn't put it down (I also hadn't seen the movie... but still).

"Witness" is also really, really good.  LOVE love love the movie but the screenplay really got my heart a little more.


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Posted By: NilesPerry
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 8:33pm
Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!
Here's the pilot for Killing Eve. Can't help you with Jessica Jones, though. Sorry.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XAO4TBA4LykHvEXUgBCskH_ahzOjDlyl" rel="nofollow - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XAO4TBA4LykHvEXUgBCskH_ahzOjDlyl


Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2019 at 8:47pm
Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!
Here's the pilot for Killing Eve. Can't help you with Jessica Jones, though. Sorry.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XAO4TBA4LykHvEXUgBCskH_ahzOjDlyl" rel="nofollow - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XAO4TBA4LykHvEXUgBCskH_ahzOjDlyl


A million thanks! Heart


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Posted By: ChristiLB
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2019 at 12:18am
I’m obsessed with The Conjuring screenplay. I’ve read it numerous times and it never stops creeping me out no matter how many times I read it. I used it for reference when writing my ghost story screenplay for round one because the writers are so great at creating an eerie atmosphere and also good at leading the reader through the script in a way that creates the same tension you get when watching the movie. I actually haven’t even seen the movie because I’m a bit of a chicken but I LOVE the screenplay so much!

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Posted By: bleustick
Date Posted: 01 May 2019 at 10:06am
Honestly, Die Hard. All seriousness.

Though I was blown AWAY by the screenplay for Trumbo, so much so that the actual film didn't seem as good in comparison.


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Posted By: SueSS
Date Posted: 01 May 2019 at 11:27pm
Two of my recent faves are 'Stand By Me' and 'Her'.
Stand By Me made me laugh and cry, despite having seen it numerous times already. Beautiful, distinct characters and despite quite a simple plot, it tells a much larger story.
Her is a fantastic example of subtle world building - you're placed in this futuristic world and know the rules straight away without ever feeling like someone is explaining them to you.
You can find these two and a few other great scripts here:
https://www.shorescripts.com/directors_roster_favorite_screenplays/?fbclid=IwAR3JNAxJv0-N6KVw_CSACYVF6NW17P_KKRGPcTZ1nPlnDiLttt4Bfhh7bDk" rel="nofollow - https://www.shorescripts.com/directors_roster_favorite_screenplays/?fbclid=IwAR3JNAxJv0-N6KVw_CSACYVF6NW17P_KKRGPcTZ1nPlnDiLttt4Bfhh7bDk



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Posted By: Paula
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:59pm
It’s difficult to pick just one - particularly given the variety of genres - but I guess that “The lives of others”, “Annie Hall”, “A fish called Wanda”, “Rocky” or “Casablanca” are scripts I would have loved to write myself...


Posted By: cnaiman@gmail.com
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 7:09pm
'Wag the Dog' has always been one of my favourites.

Great movie and the first script I ever sat down and read.

A very poignant and sobering story in these days of the Trump Whitehouse.

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/wp-content/uploads/screenplay/scripts/Wag-the-Dog.pdf" rel="nofollow - http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/wp-content/uploads/screenplay/scripts/Wag-the-Dog.pdf


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Posted By: Janetinputney
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 10:34am
The Silence of the Lambs the book, was almost identical to the screenplay.  Really liked them both.  Just saying.  

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Posted By: John.McClane
Date Posted: 25 May 2019 at 1:15pm
I also think Die Hard. But then again I would say that ...



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