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Introducing StudioBinder’s screenplay library — your one-stop-shop for reading, downloading, and analyzing the best movie scripts online. Our collection contains all the feature-length screenplays in our database as well as scripts that we have broken down by plot, character, ending, quotes, and more. Our hope is that screenwriters everywhere can have access to these iconic screenplays and that the lessons therein can make us all better writers. Enjoy!

Written By: John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (book)

Synopsis: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

war

1917

Written By: Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Synopsis: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Written By: Michael Bacall

Synopsis: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Scott Neustadter Discusses Writing of a Script  •  (500) Days of Summer

Written By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Synopsis: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

mystery

Ad Astra

Academy Conversation with James Gray  •  Ad Astra

Written By: James Gray, Ethan Gross

Synopsis: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

How Charlie Kaufman Twist Real Life  •  Subscribe on YouTube

Written By: Charlie Kaufman (screenplay), Susan Orlean (book) 

Synopsis: A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Written By: Charles Addams, Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson

Synopsis: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

horror

Alien

Written By: Dan O'Bannon

Synopsis: After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Alan Ball Interview  •  American Beauty

Written By: Alan Ball

Synopsis: A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

comedy

Anchorman

Written By: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Synopsis: Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

animation

Anomalisa

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

mystery

Arrival

Eric Heisserer Interview  •  Arrival

Written By: Eric Heisserer (screenplay), Ted Chiang (novel)

Synopsis: A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Written By: Joss Whedon

Synopsis: Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

 Avengers: Infinity Saga Save The Cat Beat Sheet  •  Subscribe on YouTube

Written By: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Synopsis: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Bob Gale and Christopher LLoyd Discuss  •  Back to the Future

Written By: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Synopsis: Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Written By: Jennifer Kent

Synopsis: A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Written By: Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (screenplay),
Bob Kane (original comics)

Synopsis: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Written By: John August (screenplay) Daniel Wallace (novel)

Synopsis: A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

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Written By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Synopsis: Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Written By: Charles Randolph (screenplay by) & Adam McKay, Michael Lewis (based upon the book by)

Synopsis: In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

drama

Birdman

Written By: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Synopsis: A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Creating an Empathetic Villain  •  Black Panther

Written By: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (screenplay by), Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (based on comics by)

Synopsis: T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz on Writing  •  BlacKkKlansman

Written By: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee (written by), Ron Stallworth (based on the book by).

Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Constructing a Future Noir  •  Blade Runner

Written By: Hampton Fancher & David Webb Peoples (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (novel)

Synopsis: A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Hampton Fancher & Michael Green Duscuss  •  Blade Runner 2049

Written By: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (novel)

Synopsis: Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Written By: Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi (screenplay), Robert Ludlum (novel)

Synopsis: Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Arechetypes and Stereotypes  •  The Breakfast Club

Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Written By: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo

Synopsis: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Written By: James Ivory (screenplay), André Aciman (novel)

Synopsis: In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

romance

Casablanca

How to Write A Scene  •  Casablanca

Written By: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch

Synopsis: A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Written By:  William Broyles Jr.

Synopsis: A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Written By: Craig Mazin

Synopsis: In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Written By: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark

Synopsis: In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Kubrick's Secret Sauce for Storytelling  •  A Clockwork Orange

Written By: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)

Synopsis: In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

animation

Coco

Written By: Adrian Molina & Matthew Aldrich

Synopsis: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Written By: Charlie Kaufman (screenplay), Chuck Barris (novel)

Synopsis: An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), in which he purports to have been a C.I.A. hitman.

10 Steps To Writing a Horror Script  •  The Conjuring

Written By: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Written By: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim (screenplay), Kevin Kwan (novel)

Synopsis: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

drama

Creed

Aaron Covington on Developin The Script  •  Creed

Written By: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington

Synopsis: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Written By: Juel Taylor & Sylvester Stallone

Synopsis: Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Written By: Du Lu Wang (book); Hui-Ling Wang & James Schamus & Kuo Jung Tsai (screenplay)

Synopsis: A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

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Written By: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer (screenplay), Bob Kane (original comics)

Synopsis: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Written By: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (characters)

Synopsis: Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

comedy

Deadpool

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Written By: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

Synopsis: A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Written By: William Monahan

Synopsis: An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Written By: Mackenzie Crook

Synopsis: The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime.

Written By: James Manos Jr. (teleplay), Jeff Lindsay (novel)

Synopsis: By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

action

Die Hard

Written By: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza (screenplay), Roderick Thorp (novel)

Synopsis: An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Shootout Scene  •  Django Unchained

Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Written By: Richard Kelly

Synopsis: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Written By: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George

Synopsis: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

action

Dunkirk

Written By: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

What Writers Can Learn From  •  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

The Control of Information  •  Ex Machina

Written By: Alex Garland

Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Written By: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Synopsis: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Written By: Lulu Wang

Synopsis: A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

drama

Fences

Written By: August Wilson

Synopsis: A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

How I Wrote  •  Fight Club

Written By: Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

Synopsis: An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Written By: Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and
Jason Keller (written by) 

Synopsis: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

animation

Frozen

Written By: Jennifer Lee (screenplay), Hans Christian Andersen (story)

Synopsis: When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

thriller

Get Out

Script to Screen  •  Get Out

Written By: Jordan Peele

Synopsis: A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Written By: Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay by), Paula Hawkins (based on the novel by)

Synopsis: A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

Written By: Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver

Synopsis: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Francis Coppola on Adapting  •  The Godfather

Written By: Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola

Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

thriller

Gone Girl

Don't Underestimate the Screenwriter  •  Gone Girl

Written By: Gillian Flynn

Synopsis: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Nick Pileggo Talking About  •  Goodfellas

Written By: Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese

Synopsis: The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

The Psychology of Character  •  Good Will Hunting

Written By: Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

Synopsis: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

adventure

The Goonies

Written By: Chris Columbus (screenplay by), Steven Spielberg (story by)

Synopsis: A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Written By: Stephen King (novel), Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Synopsis: The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

thriller

Gravity

Written By: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Synopsis: Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

An Inescapable Premise  •  Groundhog Day

Written By: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

Synopsis: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Written By: James Gunn

Synopsis: The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Written By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Synopsis: Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

How Tarantino Writes A Scene •  The Hateful Eight

Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Written By: Dean DeBlois

Synopsis: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Written By: Ari Aster

Synopsis: A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.

action

Inception

Written By: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Written By: Brad Bird

Synopsis: A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Written By: Lawrence Kasdan

Synopsis: In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay), Thomas Pynchon (novel)

Synopsis: In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

animation

Inside Out

Telling A Story From  •  Inside Out

Written By: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

Synopsis: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Written By: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Charles Brandt (book)

Synopsis: An aging hitman recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

Action

Iron Man

Written By: Mark Furgus, Hawk Otsby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway

Synopsis: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Written By: Steven Rogers

Synopsis: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Written By: Eric Roth & Michael Mann (written by)

Synopsis: A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes exposé on Big Tobacco.

Written By: David Robert Mitchell

Synopsis: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.

Written By: Cameron Crowe

Synopsis: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.

Written By: Taika Waititi (screenplay), Christine Leunens (novel)

Synopsis: A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

crime

Joker

How I Wrote  •  Joker

Written By: Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Synopsis: In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

comedy

Juno

Written By: Diablo Cody

Synopsis: Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Using Theme to Craft Character  •  Jurassic Park

Written By: Michael Crichton (novel), Michael Crichton & David Koepp (screenplay)

Synopsis: A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

detective

Knives Out

How I Wrote  •  Knives Out

Written By: Rian Johnson

Synopsis: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

adventure

Labyrinth

Written By: Terry Jones

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

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Written By: Damien Chazelle

Synopsis: While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Written By: Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith (screenplay), Amanda Brown (novel)

Synopsis: Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

drama

Lion

Written By: Luke Davies (screenplay), Saroo Brierley (novel)

Synopsis: A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometers from home. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Robert Eggers Lecture On Writing  •  The Lighthouse

Written By: Robert Eggers, Max Eggers

Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

animation

Lion King

Written By: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton

Synopsis: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Written By: Michael Arndt

Synopsis: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

drama

Logan

The End Is The Beginning  •  Logan

Written By: Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green

Synopsis: In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

animation

The Lorax

Written By: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book)

Synopsis: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Written By: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson (screenplay), J.R.R. Tolkien (novel)

Synopsis: A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Written By: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson (screenplay), J.R.R. Tolkien (novel)

Synopsis: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Written By: Sofia Coppola

Synopsis: A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Written By: Richard Curtis

Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

drama

Macbeth

Written By: Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)

Synopsis: Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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Written By: Matthew Weiner

Synopsis: A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Written By: Kenneth Lonergan

Synopsis: A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

adventure

The Martian

Written By: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (novel)

Synopsis: An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

How I Wrote  •  Marriage Story

Written By: Noah Baumbach

Synopsis: Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Exposition in Action  •  The Matrix

Written By: Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski

Synopsis: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Written By: Tina Fey (screenplay), Rosalind Wiseman (book)

Synopsis: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Written By: Woody Allen

Synopsis: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

horror

Midsommar

Written By: Ari Aster

Synopsis: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Executing the Perfect Heist  •  Mission: Impossible

Written By: Bruce Geller (television series), David Koepp & Steven Zaillian (story), David Koepp & Robert Towne (screenplay)

Synopsis: An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Written By: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

Synopsis: Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Written By: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney

Synopsis: A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Written By: Dan Gilroy

Synopsis: When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Don't Underestimate the Audience  •  No Country for Old Men

Written By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (screenplay), Cormac McCarthy (novel)

Synopsis: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Written By: Ted Griffin

Synopsis: Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

How I Wrote  •  The Office

Written By: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Synopsis: A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Written By: Robert Rodat

Synopsis: Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

The Power of Symbols  •  Parasite

Written By: Bong Joon Ho, Jin Won Han

Synopsis: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Written By: Steven Knight

Synopsis: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Written By:  Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (screenplay)

Synopsis: Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Written By: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (screenplay), Martin Sixsmith (book)

Synopsis: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Written By: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland (screenplay), David Brin (novel)

Synopsis: A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

Written By: William Goldman

Synopsis: While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Written By:  Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (screenplay), 
Christopher Priest (novel)

Synopsis: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Quentin Tarantino on Writing Screenplays  •  Pulp Fiction

Written By: Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

Synopsis: The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Script To Screen  •  A Quiet Place

Written By: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

animation

Ratatouille

Written By: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, 

Synopsis: A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Written By: Scott Z. Burns

Synopsis: Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.

Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

How They Write  •  Rick and Morty

Written By: Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon

Synopsis: An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

biography

Rocketman

Written By: Lee Hall

Synopsis: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

drama

Rocky

Why You Don't Need Writing Formulas  •  Rocky

Written By: Sylvester Stallone

Synopsis: A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

comedy

The Room

Written By: Tommy Wiseau

Synopsis: Johnny is a successful bank executive who lives quietly in a San Francisco townhouse with his future wife, Lisa. One day, putting aside any scruple, she seduces Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Written By: Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner (graphic novel), David Self (screenplay)

Synopsis: A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Written By: Oliver Stone

Synopsis: In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Written By: Mike White

Synopsis: After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.

thriller

Scream

Written By: Kevin Williamson

Synopsis: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Written By: Bruce Kirschbaum & Sam Kass

Synopsis: The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

comedy

Shrek

Written By: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S.H. Schulman (screenplay), Willaim Steig (book)

Synopsis: A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

comedy

Shrek 2

Written By: Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem, and David N. Weiss (screenplay), William Steig (book)

Synopsis: Shrek and Fiona travel to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, where Fiona's parents are King and Queen, to celebrate their marriage. When they arrive, they find they are not as welcome as they thought they would be.

Dissecting a Scene  •  The Silence of the Lambs

Written By: Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)

Synopsis: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Synopsis: At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Sorkin, Structure, and Colloboration  •  The Social Network

Written By: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)

Synopsis: As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Written By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (screenplay), Tim Tharp (novel)

Synopsis: A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

actiom

Speed

Written By: Graham Yost

Synopsis: A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Written By: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman (screenplay by)

Synopsis: Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Written By: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (story)

Synopsis: After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Written By: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt

Synopsis: As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace.

Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Written By: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay (screenplay and story), John C. Reilly (story)

Synopsis: Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

Written By: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, 
Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff

Synopsis: The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Written By: Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer

Synopsis: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

comedy

Superbad

Written By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Synopsis: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Paul Schrader Lecture  •  Taxi Driver

Written By: Paul Schrader

Synopsis: A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Written By: David Ayer

Synopsis: A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Written By: James Cameron, William Wisher

Synopsis: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

drama

Titanic

Written By: James Cameron

Synopsis: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Written By: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost

Synopsis: Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Written By: Martin McDonagh

Synopsis: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

western

Tombstone

Written By: Kevin Jarre

Synopsis: A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

animation

Toy Story 4

Written By: Andrew Stanton & Stephany Folsom (screenplay by) 

Synopsis: When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

western

True Grit

Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (screenplay), Charles Portis (novel)

Synopsis: A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Written By: Andrew Niccol

Synopsis: An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Written By: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (book)

Synopsis: Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret.

Written By: Anthony McCarten

Synopsis: Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

How I Wrote  •  Uncut Gems

Written By: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Synopsis: With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

animation

Up

Written By: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Synopsis: 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Written By: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (screenplay), Walter Kirn (novel)

Synopsis: Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

horror

Us

Jordan Peele Advice on Writing Thrillers  •  Us

Written By: Jordan Peele

Synopsis: A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Written By: Christopher McQuarrie

Synopsis: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Written By: Mark Bomback & Matt Reeves (written by), 
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (based on characters created by).

Synopsis: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

Written By: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher

Synopsis: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Written By: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf,
Noel Langley (screenplay), L. Frank Baum (book)

Synopsis:
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Breaking Genre Conventions  •  When Harry Met Sally

Written By: Nora Ephron

Synopsis:
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

The Anatomy of the Obsessed Artist  •  Whiplash

Written By: Damien Chazelle

Synopsis: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Written By: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Phil Johnston,
Jennifer Lee

Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Synopsis: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

ANIMATION

Zootopia

Phil Johnston & Jared Bush Interview  •  Zootopia

Written By: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston

Synopsis: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

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