WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays

The 101 greatest screenplays as chosen by members of the Writer's Guild of America. The title suggests that it is the screenplays being recognized, and therefore not linked to any specific production (e.g. number 92 is both Hitchcock's Psycho and Van Sant's shot-by-shot remake of the same). As it contains no outstanding screenplays that were ruined by a bad director, however, I'm taking it as read that listings refer only to whatever specific production elevated that script to the Hollywood canon.

Ratings by Sam.

Rank Title Year Rating
1 Casablanca 1942 10
2 Godfather, The 1972 9
3 Chinatown 1974 9
4 Citizen Kane 1941 8
5 All About Eve 1950 8
6 Annie Hall 1977 7
7 Sunset Boulevard 1950 10
8 Network 1976 9
9 Some Like It Hot 1959 9
10 Godfather: Part II, The 1974 7
11 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 8
12 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 10
13 Graduate, The 1967 7
14 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 7
15 Apartment, The 1960 10
16 Pulp Fiction 1994 8
17 Tootsie 1982 8
18 On the Waterfront 1954 7
19 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 8
20 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 6
21 North by Northwest 1959 9
22 Shawshank Redemption, The 1994 6
23 Gone with the Wind 1939 6
24 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 9
25 Wizard of Oz, The 1939 7
26 Double Indemnity 1944 9
27 Groundhog Day 1993 8
28 Shakespeare in Love 1998 8
29 Sullivan's Travels 1941 8
30 Unforgiven 1992 9
31 His Girl Friday 1940 8
32 Fargo 1996 8
33 Third Man, The 1949 7
34 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 10
35 Usual Suspects, The 1995 8
36 Midnight Cowboy 1969
37 Philadelphia Story, The 1940 8
38 American Beauty 1999 9
39 Sting, The 1973 8
40 When Harry Met Sally... 1989 6
41 Goodfellas 1990 9
42 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 7
43 Taxi Driver 1976 8
44 Best Years of Our Lives, The 1946
45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 8
46 Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The 1948 8
47 Maltese Falcon, The 1941 7
48 Bridge on the River Kwai, The 1957 7
49 Schindler's List 1993 9
50 Sixth Sense, The 1999 7
51 Broadcast News 1987 7
52 Lady Eve, The 1941
53 All the President's Men 1976 7
54 Manhattan 1979
55 Apocalypse Now 1979
56 Back to the Future 1985 7
57 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989
58 Ordinary People 1980
59 It Happened One Night 1934 8
60 L.A. Confidential 1997 7
61 Silence of the Lambs, The 1991 9
62 Moonstruck 1987
63 Jaws 1975 9
64 Terms of Endearment 1983
65 Singin' in the Rain 1952 9
66 Jerry Maguire 1996 6
67 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7
68 Star Wars 1977 7
69 Dog Day Afternoon 1975 6
70 African Queen, The 1951 8
71 Lion in Winter, The 1968
72 Thelma & Louise 1991
73 Amadeus 1984 6
74 Being John Malkovich 1999 8
75 High Noon 1952 8
76 Raging Bull 1980
77 Adaptation. 2002 8
78 Rocky 1976 8
79 Producers, The 1968 8
80 Witness 1985
81 Being There 1979 8
82 Cool Hand Luke 1967 9
83 Rear Window 1954 9
84 Princess Bride, The 1987 10
85 Grand Illusion, The 1937 9
86 Harold and Maude 1971 7
87 1963 9
88 Field of Dreams 1989
89 Forrest Gump 1994 9
90 Sideways 2004 8
91 Verdict, The 1982
92 Psycho 1960 7
93 Do the Right Thing 1989 9
94 Patton 1970
95 Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
96 Hustler, The 1961
97 Searchers, The 1956 8
98 Grapes of Wrath, The 1940
99 Wild Bunch, The 1969 7
100 Memento 2000 8
101 Notorious 1946 8