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01-02-2005, 02:05 PM
As you guys know I love to post topics like these to stimulate cool discussions.
I wanted to ask you,

Who do you guys think is among the best Screenplay writers?

Among them Movies that for me stand out are:(in no particular order)

Francis Ford Coppola: Patton
Charlie Kaufman (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442109/) : Being John Malkovich
Andrew Niccol (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0629272/) :The Truman Show
Dan O'Bannon (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0639321/) :Alien
Kevin Jarre (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0418883/) : Glory
Bruce Robinson (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0732430/) :The Killing Fields
Oliver Stone (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000231/?fr=c2l0ZT1kZnxteD0yMHxzZz0xfGxtPTIwMHx0dD1vbnxwbj0wfHE9b2xpdmVyIHN0b25lfGh0bWw9MXxubT1vbg__;fc=1;ft=20;fm=1) :Wall Street
Joseph Stefano (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0825010/) :Psycho
Christopher McQuarrie (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003160/) : The Usual Suspects
Rod Sterling: The Twilight Zone

Anyway what is your list?


01-02-2005, 10:43 PM
William Goldman - One of the true greats.

01-02-2005, 11:17 PM
James Cameron - for obvious reasons
David Koepp (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0462895/?fr=c2l0ZT1kZnxteD0yMHxzZz0xfGxtPTIwMHx0dD1vbnxwbj0wfHE9ZGF2aWQga29lcHB8aHRtbD0xfG5tPW9u;fc=1;ft=9;fm=1) - (Jurassic Park 1/2, Panic Room, Spiderman, Mission Impossible), he's one of the studio favourites, but he's come up with some awesome action set pieces. Credit where its due.

01-03-2005, 12:31 AM
I guess David Mamet doesn't really count. He's a playwright. But still...

01-03-2005, 11:07 AM
These two are actually my "favorite" screenwriters (award-winning too):

Bruce Joel Rubin
Cameron Crowe

01-03-2005, 12:33 PM
Charlie Kaufman. :wise:

01-03-2005, 04:30 PM
Joel and Ethan Coen.

01-03-2005, 06:02 PM
Charlie Kaufman
Andrew Niccol
Quentin Tarantino
David Lynch
John Michael Hayes :Rear Window, Trouble with Harry, To catch a thief
The Cohen Brothers
Wong Kar Wai

Some of them are also directors...but their writing skills are fantastic


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