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Writers Guilds 101 Greatest Screenplays! On April 7, 2006, The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the 101 Greatest Screenplays of all time. I've been able to find 76 of them on the 'net for download. If there is only one draft on the 'net, I've linked directly to the draft. If there are multiple drafts available, I've linked to the Simply Scripts Script Search result page. If there is no link for a script, then that means I couldn't find a copy of the script on the 'net. Note also that the below are Screenplays. I am aware that there may be dialogue transcripts of some of these movies on the 'net, however, I've chosen not to include them here.
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Rank Script Location Info Writer
1Casablanca Weekly Script Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. Based on the play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.
2The Godfather The Daily Script May 29, 1971 3rd draftScreenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo.
3Chinatown The Daily Script Undated 3rd draftWritten by Robert Towne
4Citizen Kane Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles
5All About Eve Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on "The Wisdom of Eve," a short story and radio play by Mary Orr
6Annie Hall aellea's Classic Movie Scripts Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
7Sunset Blvd. Daily Script May 21, 1949 draftWritten by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman Jr.
8Network Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by Paddy Chayefsky
9Some Like It Hot aellea's Classic Movie Scripts November 12, 1958 draftScreenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond. Based on "Fanfare of Love," a German film written by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan
10The Godfather II Daily Script September 24, 1973 second draftScreenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo. Based on Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather"
11Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Not available on the 'netWritten by William Goldman
12Dr. Strangelove Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern. Based on novel "Red Alert" by Peter George
13The Graduate AwesomeFilm March 29, 1967 final draftScreenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Based on the novel by Charles Webb
14Lawrence Of Arabia Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Based on the life and writings of Col. T.E. Lawrence
15The Apartment Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
16Pulp Fiction The Daily Script May 1993 final draftWritten by Quentin Tarantino. Stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
17Tootsie Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart
18On The Waterfront Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreen Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg. Based on "Crime on the Waterfront" articles by Malcolm Johnson
19To Kill A Mockingbird Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Horton Foote. Based on the novel by Harper Lee.
20It's A Wonderful Life The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank Capra. Based on short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Contributions to screenplay Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling
21North By Northwest Daily Script August 12, 1958 shooting draftWritten by Ernest Lehman
22The Shawshank Redemption Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Frank Darabont. Based on the short story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King
23Gone With The Wind Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Sidney Howard. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
24Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth.
25The Wizard Of Oz SciFi Scripts March 13, 1939 draftScreenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf. Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
26Double Indemnity The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Based on the novel by James M. Cain
27Groundhog Day Daily Script January 7, 1992 second revised draftScreenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Story by Danny Rubin.
28Shakespeare In Love The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
29Sullivan's Travels Not available on the 'netWritten by Preston Sturges
30Unforgiven Daily Script April 23, 1984 production draftWritten by David Webb Peoples
31His Girl Friday The Daily Script 1939 Shooting DraftScreenplay by Charles Lederer. Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
32Fargo Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
33The Third Man Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Graham Greene. Story by Graham Greene. Based on the short story by Graham Greene.
34The Sweet Smell Of Success Daily Script Undated, unspecified, workingScreenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman. From a novelette by Ernest Lehman
35The Usual Suspects Daily Script May 25, 1994 draftWritten by Christopher McQuarrie
36Midnight Cowboy The Daily Script February 2, 1968 draftScreenplay by Waldo Salt. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy
37The Philadelphia Story Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart. Based on the play by Philip Barry
38American Beauty Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by Alan Ball
39The Sting Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by David S. Ward
40When Harry Met Sally Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Nora Ephron
41Goodfellas Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. Based on book "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi.
42Raiders Of The Lost Ark The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman
43Taxi Driver Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Paul Schrader
44The Best Years Of Our Lives Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. Based on novel "Glory For Me" by MacKinley Kantor
45One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey
46The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre January 1, 1947 first temporary white draft Screenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by B. Traven
47The Maltese Falcon Daily Script 1941 final versionScreenplay by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
48The Bridge On The River Kwai Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle
49Schindler's List Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally
50The Sixth Sense Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by M. Night Shyamalan
51Broadcast News Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by James L. Brooks
52The Lady Eve Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Preston Sturges. Story by Monckton Hoffe
53All The President's Men Daily Script March, 1975 pre-rehearsal draftScreenplay by William Goldman. Based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
54Manhattan Not available on the 'netWritten by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman
55Apocalypse Now Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by John Milius and Francis Coppola. Narration by Michael Herr
56Back To The Future Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
57Crimes And Misdemeanors Not available on the 'netWritten by Woody Allen
58Ordinary People Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Alvin Sargent. Based on the novel by Judith Guest
59It Happened One Night The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Robert Riskin. Based on the story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
60L.A. Confidential Daily Script November 16, 1995 revised draftScreenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. Based on the novel by James Ellroy
61The Silence Of The Lambs Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Ted Tally. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris
62Moonstruck SciFi Scripts Final draftWritten by John Patrick Shanley
63Jaws Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley
64Terms Of Endearment Not available on the 'netScreenplay by James L. Brooks. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry
65Singin' In The Rain Not available on the 'netScreen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
66Jerry Maguire AwesomeFilm Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Cameron Crowe
67E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Not available on the 'netWritten by Melissa Mathison
68Star Wars Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableWritten by George Lucas
69Dog Day Afternoon The Daily Script Final draftScreenplay by Frank Pierson. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore
70The African Queen The Daily Script Shooting draftScreenplay by James Agee and John Huston. Based on the novel by C.S. Forester
71The Lion In Winter Not available on the 'netScreenplay by James Goldman. Based on the play by James Goldman
72Thelma & Louise The Daily Script June 5, 1990 final shootingWritten by Callie Khouri
73Amadeus The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Peter Shaffer. Based on his play.
74Being John Malkovich Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Charlie Kaufman
75High Noon Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Carl Foreman. Based on short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham
76Raging Bull Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage
77Adaptation Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. Based on the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean
78Rocky Daily Script January 7, 1976 revisedWritten by Sylvester Stallone
79The Producers Daily Script March 1967 draftWritten by Mel Brooks
80Witness Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley. Story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace
81Being There Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Jerzy Kosinski. Inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski
82Cool Hand Luke aellea's Classic Movie Scripts Undated shooting draftScreenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson. Based on the novel by Donn Pearce.
83Rear Window Daily Script December 1, 1953 final white draftScreenplay by John Michael Hayes. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich
84The Princess Bride Daily Script 1987 shooting draftScreenplay by William Goldman. Based on his novel.
85La Grande Illusion Not available on the 'netWritten by Jean Renoir and Charles Spaak
86Harold & Maude The Movie-Page May 29, 1970 draftWritten by Colin Higgins
878.5Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi. Story by Fellini, Flaiano.
88Field Of Dreams Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Phil Alden Robinson. Based on the book by W.P. Kinsella
89Forrest Gump The Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Eric Roth. Based on the novel by Winston Groom
90Sideways Multiple drafts Multiple drafts availableScreenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. Based on the novel by Rex Pickett
91The Verdict SciFi Scripts Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by David Mamet. Based on the novel by Barry Reed
92Psycho Daily Script December 1, 1959 revised draftScreenplay by Joseph Stefano. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch
93Do The Right Thing AwesomeFilm March 1, 1988 2nd draftWritten by Spike Lee
94Patton Not available on the 'netScreen Story and Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North. Based on "A Soldier's Story" by Omar H. Bradley and "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" by Ladislas Farago
95Hannah And Her Sisters Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftWritten by Woody Allen
96The Hustler Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis
97The Searchers aellea's Classic Movie Scripts Revised final screenplayScreenplay by Frank S. Nugent. Based on the novel by Alan Le May
98The Grapes Of Wrath Daily Script Undated, unspecified draftScreenplay by Nunnally Johnson. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
99The Wild Bunch Not available on the 'netScreenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah. Story by Walon Green and Roy Sickner
100Memento Daily Script October 4, 1999 shooting draftScreenplay by Christopher Nolan. Based on the short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan
101Notorious Not available on the 'netWritten by Ben Hecht

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