Welcome to my Top 10 Scripts of all-time list.
What you should understand is that this is of course a subjective list.
You may have a completely different opinion. And I don’t blame you. As it’s a Top 10 list, I couldn’t avoid leaving out some big names that you may think would be worthy of being in this list. Maybe the Godfather? Or at least one of the Star Wars movies? Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy my list and if there are some movies you haven’t watched yet, maybe you’ll discover your new favorite. They are certainly are my favorites.
Fight Club is not old enough to be called a legendary movie but it was released nearly two decades ago and I have to be honest, it aged quite well. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s short novel, the movie was released in 1999.
A 2004 hit movie, written and directed by Paul Haggis is really a breath of fresh air. The movie that portrays stories of several Los Angeles citizens collide together has won 3 Academy Awards including Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
I probably don’t need you to tell about Pulp Fiction, arguably Quentin Tarantino’s best movie. Released in 1994, the movie was nominated for 7 Oscars but having to complete with Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction only won one Academy Award for the best original screenplay.
What makes this list hard is that all these movies, including the Shawshank Redemption, are fantastic. Even though it may seem that you have heard a story about an innocent man put in prison, it’s has so much more in it. My best quote is “Yeah. The funny thing is - on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook”.
1999 movie featuring John Malkovich is a fantastic story of a man, finding a portal into John Malkovich’s head. For me personally, it’s one of the best fantasy screenplays every written. Nominated for 3 Oscars, Being John Malkovich was a breakthrough screenplay for Charlie Kaufman, who a few years later also wrote my other favorite Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (last movie on this list).
One of the most recent movies on the list, Juno is a comedy drama about a teenager, Juno (Ellen Page) who got pregnant. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards but won only one. If you guessed the Best Original Screenplay, you’re 100% correct.
Check film here: Juno
Way before Christopher Nolan got into the Batman franchise, he wrote a screenplay and directed one of the most remarkable movies of all time. Based on his brother’s short novel, Memento Mori, 2000 movie Memento is a mystery thriller told backwards. While the concept isn’t new, Memento utilizes it to the fullest.
Just like Pulp Fiction in the 1990’s, Casablanca became a classic of its era. 1942 movie is set in Casablanca and features Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. From one standpoint, it’s a story of a classic love triangle, a lost love but it will live you breathless for days, months and probably even years.
Even though by some it may be regarded as overrated, Citizen Kane is one of my favorite movies of all time. Written and directed by Orson Welles, this 1941 movie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards however claimed one only for Best Original Screenplay.
People have always wondered about the concept of memory. Trying to get deeper, remember more, or forget certain aspects was and still in a popular topic which was also explored in the Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, featuring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey. The movie brought Charlie Kaufman his first Academy Award for the best screenplay.