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Greatest Movie Screenwriters

Criteria: These movie screenwriters are ranked according to acclaim they recieved for their craft, influence they had on writing of movies. Also considered are popularity, influence and acclaim of movies they have written.

Disclaimer: This list is strongly influenced by the Western canon of films. This means that in the broader scope of a global cinema certain regions may be underrepresented, among them Russia, India, China, Africa and Latin America.

List Begun: 2020-01-02
Screenwriter Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Screenwriter Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen
Joel & Ethan Coen
Screenwriter Ben Hecht
Ben Hecht
  1. Billy Wilder
  2. Woody Allen
  3. Jean-Claude Carrière
  4. Joel & Ethan Coen
  5. Ben Hecht
  6. Robert Towne
  7. Ingmar Bergman
  8. Francis Ford Coppola
  9. William Goldman
10. Preston Sturges
11. Ernest Lehman
12. Quentin Tarantino
13. Jean Renoir
14. Federico Fellini
15. I. A. L. Diamond
16. Charlie Kauffman
17. Cesare Zavattini
18. Paul Schrader
19. Frances Marion
20. Tonino Guerra
21. Akira Kurosawa
22. Stanley Kubrick
23. John Huston
24. Mike Leigh
25. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
26. Paddy Chayefsky
27. Luis Buñuel
28. Oliver Stone
29. François Truffaut
30. Anita Loos
31. Sergio Amidei
32. Bo Goldman
33. Sonya Levien
34. Ennio Flaiano
35. Shinobu Hashimoto
36. Paul Thomas Anderson
37. Charles Chaplin
38. Suso D'Amico
39. Aaron Sorkin
40. Satyajit Ray
41. Orson Welles
42. Tulio Pinelli
43. Steve Zaillian
44. Alvin Sargeant
45. Yasujirô Ozu & Kogo Nodu
46. Samson Raphaelson
47. Richard Brooks
48. Charles Brackett
49. James L. Brooks
50. Carl Foreman
51. Buck Henry
52. Herman J. Mankiewicz
53. David Mamet
54. Charles McArthur
55. Jean-Luc Godard
56. Lawrence Kasdan
57. Robert Bolt
58. Isobel Lennart
59. Betty Comden & Adolph Green
60. Nora Ephron
61. Robert Benton
62. Julius J. Epstein & Philip G. Epstein
63. Howard Koch
64. Waldo Salt
65. Eric Roth
66. Ryûzô Kikushima
67. Abbas Kiarostami
68. Pedro Almodóvar
69. Wes Anderson
70. Lamar Trotti
71. Neil Simon
72. Norman Krasna
73. Melvin Frank
74. Norman Panama
75. Sidney Buchman
76. Jules Furthman
77. Spike Lee
78. Paul Mazursky
79. Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
80. Peter Morgan
81. Dudley Nichols
82. Frank Pierson
83. Robert Riskin
84. Dalton Trumbo
85. Donald Ogden Stewart
86. Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich
87. Irving Ravetch & Harriet Frank Jr.
88. Horton Foote
89. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
90. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
91. Michael Wilson
92. Krzysztof Kieslowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz
93. Andrei Tarkovsky
94. Frank S. Nugent
95. Charles Lederer
96. Hayao Miyazaki
97. Richard Curtis
98. Pete Docter
99. Leigh Brackett
100. Mel Brooks
101. Edward Anhalt
102. John Lee Mahin
103. George Lucas
104. Richard Linklater
105. Alan Jay Lerner
106. Garson Kanin & Ruth Gordon
107. Francis Veber
108. Kenneth Lonergan
109. Martin McDonagh
110. Jacques Tati
111. Jacques Rivette
112. Harold Ramis
113. June Mathis
114. Hideo Oguni
115. John Cassavetes
116. Jean Cocteau
117. Bernardo Bertolucci
118. Robert Bresson
119. Jean Gruault
120. Casey Robinson
121. Paul Haggis
122. Michael Haneke
123. Pier Paolo Pasolini
124. D. W. Griffith
125. Walter Reisch
126. Cameron Crowe
127. Frank Darabont
128. Andrew Stanton
129. Christopher Hampton
130. Yoshikata Yoda
131. Ronald Harwood
132. George Miller
133. Paul Osborn
134. Bertrand Tavernier
135. David Webb Peoples
136. Anders Thomas Jensen
137. Nunnally Johnson
138. John Hughes
139. John Logan
140. Elaine May
141. Robert Altman
142. George Seaton
143. Tom Stoppard
144. Jay Presson Allen
145. Joss Whedon
146. Wong Kar-wai
147. Jacques Prévert
148. Nicole Holofcener
149. Callie Khouri
150. John Michael Hayes
151. Gérard Brach
152. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
153. Wu Nien-jen
154. Blake Edwards
155. Jean-Pierre Bacri
156. Alex Garland
157. W.C. Fields
158. Charles Burnett
159. Terence Malick
160. Mark Boal
161. Tom McCarthy
162. John Carpenter
163. Gary Ross
164. Carl Mayer
165. David Lynch
166. Jay Cocks
167. Louis Malle
168. Werner Herzog
169. Jim Jarmusch
170. Claude Chabrol & Paul Gégauff
171. Leo McCarey
172. Philip Dunne
173. William Rose
174. Brad Bird
175. Mario Puzo
176. Éric Rohmer
177. Barry Levinson
178. Harold Pinter
179. James Poe
180. Charles Bennett
181. Guillermo Arriaga
182. Stewart Stern
183. George Axelrod
184. Budd Schulberg
185. William Nicholson
186. Melville Shavelson & Jack Rose
187. Stanley Shapiro
188. Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
189. Calder Willingham
190. Adam McKay
191. David Lean
192. Alfonso Cuarón
193. Samuel Fuller
194. Sidney Howard
195. Ring Lardner Jr.
196. Fritz Lang & Thea von Harbou
197. Theo Angelopoulos
198. Warren Beatty
199. Christopher McQuarrie
200. Larry McMurtry
201. Terry Gilliam
202. John Patrick Shanley
203. Robert E. Sherwood
204. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
205. Béla Tarr & László Krasznahorkai
206. Tennessee Williams
207. Daniel Taradash
208. David O. Russell
209. Burt Kennedy
210. Sam Peckinpah
211. John Sayles
212. John Cleese
213. Andrei Konchalovsky
214. Wim Wenders
215. Jean-Paul Rappeneau
216. John Steinbeck
217. Jay Dratler
218. Daniel Mainwaring
219. Norman Wexler
220. Yuri Arabov
221. Mardik Martin
222. William Inge
223. Lars von Trier
224. M. Night Shyamalan
225. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan
226. Nancy Meyers
227. David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, & Jim Abrahams
228. Diablo Cody
229. Noah Baumbach
230. Judd Apatow
231. James Cameron
232. Albert Brooks
233. Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens & Fran Walsh
234. Terry Southern
235. István Szabó
236. Stephen Gaghan
237. Scott Frank
238. Scott Alexander
239. Martin Scorsese & Nicholas Pileggi
240. K.A. Abbas
241. Graham Greene
242. Larry Gelbart
243. Julian Fellowes
244. Charles Spaak
245. Claude Lelouch
246. Guiliermo del Toro
247. Tony Gilroy
248. Brian Helgeland
249. Aki Kaurismäki
250. Lesser Samuels
251. Costa-Gavras
252. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
253. Hal Roach
254. Terry Rossio & Ted Elliott
255. Frank Tashlin
256. Alejandro González Iñárritu
257. Stirling Silliphant
258. Gus Van Sant
259. Eleanor Perry
260. Tony Kushner
261. Frank Capra
262. Jacques Demy
263. Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
264. Richard Maibaum
265. Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
266. Noël Coward
267. Jane Campion
268. James Gunn
269. David S. Ward
270. Roman Polanski
271. Asghar Farhadi
272. William Faulkner
273. Melissa Mathison
274. Andrew Niccol
275. Richard Matheson
276. Jeanie MacPherson
277. Tom Shulman
278. Kevin Smith
279. John Milius
280. Dan O'Bannon
281. James Agee
282. Jordan Peele
283. John Ridley
284. Rod Serling
285. Steven Spielberg
286. William Monahan
287. Shane Black
288. Jerry Lewis
289. Ni Kuang
290. Agnès Varda
291. Kôbô Abe
292. Christopher Guest
293. Lana and Lilly Wachowski
294. John Waters
295. Todd Haynes
296. Walter Hill
297. Sophia Coppola
298. Dennis Potter
299. Andrew Kevin Walker
300. Carole Eastman







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