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Poll: Greatest Screenwriters of All Time

Out of these 35 of the 100 greatest screenwriters of all time chosen by the working screenwriters according to Vulture, who is in your opinion the 'Greatest Screenwriter'?

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    Billy Wilder

    Notable Scripts: Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960).
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    Ethan Coen

    with Joel Coen

    Notable Scripts: Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010).

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    Robert Towne

    Notable Scripts: Chinatown (1974), Shampoo (1975), Days of Thunder (1990), Mission: Impossible (1996).
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    Quentin Tarantino

    Notable Scripts: Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Inglourious Basterds (2009).
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    Francis Ford Coppola

    Notable Scripts: Patton (1970), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979).
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    William Goldman

    Notable Scripts: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), All the President’s Men (1976), The Princess Bride (1987), Misery (1990).
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    Charlie Kaufman

    Notable Scripts: Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Anomalisa (2015).
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    Woody Allen

    Notable Scripts: Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011).
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    Nora Ephron

    Notable Scripts: Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You’ve Got Mail (1998).
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    Ernest Lehman

    Notable Scripts: Sweet Smell of Success (1957), North by Northwest (1959), West Side Story (1961), The Sound of Music (1965).
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    Paul Schrader

    Notable Scripts: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), American Gigolo (1980), Affliction (1997).
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    Oliver Stone

    Notable Scripts: Scarface (1983), Platoon (1986), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994).
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    Aaron Sorkin

    Notable Scripts: A Few Good Men (1992), The Social Network (2010), Moneyball (2011).
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    Paddy Chayefsky

    Notable Scripts: Marty (1955), Paint Your Wagon (1969), The Hospital (1971), Network (1976).
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    Spike Lee

    Notable Scripts: Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Chi-Raq (2015).
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    George Lucas

    Notable Scripts: American Graffiti (1973), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
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    Preston Sturges

    Notable Scripts: The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan’s Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944).
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    Stanley Kubrick

    Notable Scripts: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987).
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    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Notable Scripts: Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007).
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    Frances Marion

    Notable Scripts: The Scarlet Letter (1926), The Champ (1931) The Red Mill (1927), Camille (1936).
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    Buck Henry

    Notable Scripts: The Graduate (1967), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), To Die For (1995).
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    Lawrence Kasdan

    Notable Scripts: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), The Big Chill (1983).
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    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    Notable Scripts: All About Eve (1950), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), Cleopatra (1963).
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    James L. Brooks

    Notable Scripts: Terms of Endearment (1983), Broadcast News (1987), As Good As It Gets (1997), The Simpsons Movie (2007).
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    Akira Kurosawa

    Notable Scripts: Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Yojimbo (1961), Ran (1985).
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    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    Notable Scripts: Heat and Dust (1983), A Room With a View (1985), Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993).
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    David Mamet

    Notable Scripts: The Untouchables (1987), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Wag the Dog (1997), Ronin (1998).
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    Bo Goldman

    Notable Scripts: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Scent of a Woman (1992), City Hall (1996), Melvin and Howard (1980).
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    Eric Roth

    Notable Scripts: Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
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    John Hughes

    Notable Scripts: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1996), Home Alone (1990).
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    Steven Zaillian

    Notable Scripts: Schindler’s List (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Moneyball (2011).
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    James Cameron

    Notable Scripts: Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009).
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    Nicole Holofcener

    Notable Scripts: Lovely & Amazing (2001), Friends With Money (2006), Please Give (2010), Enough Said (2013).
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    Callie Khouri

    Notable Scripts: Thelma & Louise (1991), Something to Talk About (1995), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).
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    Alexander Payne

    with Jim Taylor

    Notable Scripts: Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004).