Best Screenwriters

by thilakshan-112-360775 | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 01 Jun 2012 | Public

Exceptional storytellers...

1. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

Alan Ball for American Beauty

2. Tony Gilroy

Writer | Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate (1997) and The Cutting Edge (1992).

Tony Gilroy for The Bourne Identity

3. John Logan

Writer | Skyfall

John Logan was a playwright in Chicago for ten years before writing, on spec, his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday." He won the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for his play RED, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the Golden Theatre on ...

John Logan for Gladiator, Last Samurai

4. Terry Rossio

Writer | Aladdin

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Aladdin (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Shrek (2001).

Terry Rossio for Deja Vu

5. John Briley

Writer | Gandhi

John Briley was born on June 25, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Gandhi (1982), Molokai (1999) and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992).

John Briley for Gandhi

6. Eric Roth

Writer | Forrest Gump

Eric Roth was born on March 22, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He has been married to Debra Greenfield since 1987. They have five children.

Eric Roth for The Insider

7. Randall Wallace

Writer | We Were Soldiers

Randall Wallace was born on July 28, 1949 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for We Were Soldiers (2002), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Braveheart (1995).

Randall Wallace for Braveheart

8. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...

Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain

9. William Wisher

Writer | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

William Wisher is a writer and actor, known for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Terminator (1984) and Judge Dredd (1995).

William Wisher for Terminator II

10. Brian Helgeland

Writer | A Knight's Tale

Brian Helgeland was born on January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Brian Thomas Helgeland. He is a writer and director, known for A Knight's Tale (2001), Man on Fire (2004) and 42 (2013).

Brian Helgeland for Green Zone

11. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Shane Black for Lethal Weapon

12. Jonathan Lemkin

Writer | The Devil's Advocate

Jonathan Lemkin is known for his work on The Devil's Advocate (1997), Shooter (2007) and Red Planet (2000). He was previously married to Kiersten Warren.

Jonathan Lemkin for The Devil's Advocate

13. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

Nora Ephron for When Harry Met Sally

Mark Andrus for As Good As It Gets

15. David Weisberg

Writer | Criminal

David Weisberg is a writer and actor, known for Criminal (2016), The Rock (1996) and Double Jeopardy (1999).

David Weisberg for The Rock

16. Dean Georgaris

Writer | The Meg

Dean Georgaris is a writer and producer, known for The Meg (2018), Paycheck (2003) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Dean Georgaris for Paycheck

17. David Self

Writer | Road to Perdition

David Self is a writer and producer, known for Road to Perdition (2002), Thirteen Days (2000) and The Haunting (1999).

David Self for Thirteen Days

18. Tom Schulman

Writer | Dead Poets Society

Tom Schulman was born on October 20, 1950 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Dead Poets Society (1989), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) and What About Bob? (1991).

Tom Schulman for Dead Poets Society

19. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

David Koepp for Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible etc

20. Adam Brooks

Writer | Definitely, Maybe

Adam Brooks was born on September 3, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a writer and producer, known for Definitely, Maybe (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

Adam Brooks for French Kiss, Wimbleton

21. Mark Stein

Writer | HouseSitter

Mark Stein is known for his work on HouseSitter (1992), Mating Dance (2008) and A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001).

Mark Stein for Housesitter

Kamlesh Pandey for Rang De Basanti

Manish Gupta for Sarkar

24. Steven Zaillian

Writer | Schindler's List

Steven Zaillian was born on January 30, 1953 in Fresno, California, USA as Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian. He is a writer and producer, known for Schindler's List (1993), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) and A Civil Action (1998).

Steven Zaillian for Schindler's List



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