The Most Acclaimed Screenwriters of All Time (World)by jakebilion | created - 1 month ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
Writer | Smultronstället
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...
Notable Screenplays: Persona (1966), The Seventh Seal (1957), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Wild Strawberries (1957), Winter Light (1963), Scenes From a Marriage (1973), Cries and Whispers (1972), Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
3. Satyajit Ray
Writer | Pather Panchali
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...
Notable Screenplays: Pather Panchali (1955), The World of Apu (1959), The Music Room (1958), The Unvanquished (1956), Charulata (1964), The Goddess (1960), The Big City (1963), The Hero (1966)
Writer | Amarcord
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...
Writer | Amarcord
Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years...
Blow Up (1966), L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), Amarcord (1973), L'Eclisse (1962), Red Desert (1964), Nostalghia (1983), Zabriskie Point (1970), Eternity and a Day (1998), The Mattei Affair (1972), Landscape in the Mist (1988), Voyage to Cythera (1984), Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Key Collaborators: Michelangelo Antonioni and Theodoros Angelopoulos
6. Billy Wilder
Writer | The Apartment
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...
Writer | Ladri di biciclette
Cesare Zavattini was born on September 29, 1902 in Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Father's Dilemma (1950) and Umberto D. (1952). He died on October 13, 1989 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Notable Screenplays: Bicycle Thieves (1948), Umberto D. (1952), Shoeshine (1946), Miracle in Milan (1951), Two Women (1960)
Writer | Ladri di biciclette
Suso Cecchi D'Amico was born on July 21, 1914 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giovanna Cecchi. She was a writer, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and To Live in Peace (1947). She was married to Fidele d'Amico. She died on July 31, 2010 in Rome.
Notable Screenplays: Bicycle Thieves (1948), The Leopard (1963), Miracle in Milan (1951), Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Salvatore Giuliano (1962), Casanova 70 (1965)
Writer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France as Jean-Claude François Carrière. He is a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Happy Anniversary (1962).
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), Belle de Jour (1967), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), The Tin Drum (1979), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Taking Off (1971), Every Man For Himself (1980), Danton (1983)
Key Collaborators: Luis Buñuel
Writer | Blowup
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...
Blow Up (1966), L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L'Eclisse (1962), Red Desert (1964), Zabriskie Point (1970), The Passenger (1975)
Key Collaborators: Tonino Guerra
11. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Another Woman (1988), Love and Death (1975), Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Key Collaborators: Marshall Brickman
Writer | La nuit américaine
French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...
The 400 Blows (1959), Day for Night (1973), Stolen Kisses (1968), Small Change (1976), The Woman Next Door (1981), Bed and Board (1970), Antoine and Colette (1962), The Story of Adele H. (1975), The Last Metro (1980)
Key Collaborators: Suzanne Schiffman
13. Stanley Kubrick
Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...
Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Paths of Glory (1954), Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Shining (1980), The Killing (1956), Barry Lyndon (1975), Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Key Collaborators: Jim Thompson
14. Robert Bresson
Writer | Au hasard Balthazar
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...
Pickpocket (1959), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), A Man Escaped (1956), Diary of a Country Preist (1951), Mouchette (1967), L'Argent (1983)
15. Michael Powell
Director | The Red Shoes
The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...
The Red Shoes (1948), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Black Narcissus (1947), A Canterbury Tale (1944), The Tales of Hoffman (1951), 49th Parallel (1941), Peeping Tom (1960)
16. Kôgo Noda
Writer | Banshun
Kôgo Noda is most famously know for working alongside Yasujiro Ozu in the writing of his screenplays for some of his most famous movies. Noda was born on November 19, 1893 and died at age 74 on September 23, 1968. He co-wrote some of Yasujiro's most famous films, for example: Tokyo Story (1953), ...
With Yasujirô Ozu
Tokyo Story (1953), Late Spring (1949), An Autumn Afternoon (1962), Early Summer (1951), Late Autumn (1960), Floating Weeds (1959), Early Spring (1956), Good Morning (1959), The End of Summer (1961)
17. Gérard Brach
Writer | Der Name der Rose
Gérard Brach was born on July 23, 1927 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a writer and director, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Frantic (1988) and Bitter Moon (1992). He died on September 9, 2006 in Paris, France.
The Tenant (1976), Repulsion (1965), Cul-de-sac (1966), Jean de Florette (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), Quest for Fire (1981), Manon of the Spring (1986), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Bitter Moon (1992), Tess (1979)
Key Collaborators: Roman Polanski
18. Charles Chaplin
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
Producer | Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...
The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Pt. II (1974), The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Patton (1970)
Key Collaborators: Mario Puzo
20. Thea von Harbou
Writer | Metropolis
Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M (1931) and Elisabeth und der Narr (1934). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 ...
Metropolis (1927), M (1931), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922), Siegfried's Death (1924), Destiny (1921), Kriemhild's Revenge (1924), Spies (1928), Michael (1924), Woman in the Moon (1929)
21. John Huston
Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Moby Dick (1956), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Key Largo (1948), Jezebel (1938), Sergeant York (1941), High Sierra (1941), Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940), Heaven Knows, Mrs. Allison (1957), Moulin Rouge (1952)
Key Collaborators: Gladys Hill
Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...
La Dolce Vita (1960), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), The Scrounger (1961), What Are Clouds? (1968), Mama Roma (1962), The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), La Ricotta (1963), Theorem (1968), Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
23. Preston Sturges
Writer | The Great McGinty
Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....
Notable Screenplays: Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Lady Eve (1941), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943), The Palm Beach Story (1942), Hail The Conquering Hero (1944), Unfaithfully Yours (1948), Christmas in July (1940), The Great McGinty (1940)
Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...
Three Colors: Red (1994), A Short Film About Killing (1988), A Short Film About Love (1988), Three Colors: Blue (1993), The Double Life of Veronique (1991), Three Colors: White (1994)
25. Abbas Kiarostami
Director | Copie conforme
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...
Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997), Where is the Friend's House? (1987), Through the Olive Trees (1994), The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), Life, and Nothing More (1992)
26. Furio Scarpelli
Writer | Il postino
Furio Scarpelli was born on December 16, 1919 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Il Postino (1994), The Family (1987) and La terrazza (1980). He died on April 28, 2010 in Rome.
With Agenore Incrocci
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974), The Great War (1959), Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), For Love and Gold (1966), Everybody Go Home (1960), Jealousy, Italian Style (1970), The Birds, The Bees and the Italians (1966), The Organizer (1963), Come Home and Meet My Wife (1974), The Ball (1983), Opiate '67 (1963), Mafioso (1962), Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970), In the Name of the Italian People (1971)
27. Carl Mayer
Writer | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
Carl Meyer was the son of a stock speculator who committed suicide. He had to leave school at 15 to work as a secretary. Mayer moved away from Graz to Innsbruck and then Vienna, where he worked as a dramatist. Meanwhile, the events of the First World War turned him into a pacifist.
In 1917 he went ...
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Last Laugh (1924), Berlin: A Symphony of the Big City (1927), Tartüff (1925)
28. Orson Welles
Actor | Citizen Kane
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. ...
Citizen Kane (1941), Touch of Evil (1958), F For Fake (1973), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Lady From Shanghai (1947), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Confidential Report (1955)
Key Collaborators: Oja Kodar