WGA Names the Top 101 Screenplays

Yeah, another list. At least this time it honors writing, something that seems to be a lost art in Hollywood. One of my favorites, Casablanca, tops the list.

Sadly, genre films did not fare well. Here’s a few from the list:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (#20)
  • Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (#24)
  • The Wizard of Oz (#25)
  • Groundhog Day (#27)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (#42)
  • The Sixth Sense (#50)
  • Back to the Future (#56)
  • E.T. The Extra-terrestrial (#67)
  • Star Wars (#68)

4 replies on “WGA Names the Top 101 Screenplays”

  1. Damien says:

    SciFi movies rarely have good scripts
    While its disappointing to see few genre movies listed, you do have to agree that the vast majority of genre flicks don’t have the best scripts in the world.

    Damien

    • vanyel says:

      Re: SciFi movies rarely have good scripts
      Although it was a (short lived) series rather than a movie, I’ve been impressed with Century City (currently rerunning in HD on HDnet): it practically defines science fiction in the classic "what if" sense by taking a look at what sort of legal and ethical issues might arise from various technologies of the near future.

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: SciFi movies rarely have good scripts

      While its disappointing to see few genre movies listed, you do have to agree that the vast majority of genre flicks don’t have the best scripts in the world.

      Damien

      But Groundhog Day is rather hi on that list considering…I mean ET while not the hardest of Sci-Fi on the planet was a great story.

  2. joe__gee says:

    Citizen Kane and Doctor Strangelove
    Numbers 4, and 12, respectively. I’d say both of those are as genre as The Holy Grail and It’s a Wonderful Life. :)

    Mein Fuhrer, I can WALK!

    :)

    -Joe

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