Happy National Screenwriters Day!

Today, we honor the people who started it all! It’s safe to say a movie begins with an idea, and out of that comes the screenplay. So, we celebrate our favorite movies because of the men and women who wrote them.

Here’s a list of my favorite screenwriters who have inspired me and continue to inspire me on my journey to becoming a successful screenwriter, myself:

  1. Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Match Point)
  2. Alan Ball (American Beauty)
  3. James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic)
  4. Paddy Chayefsky (Network)
  5. Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash)
  6. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous)
  7. Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out)
  8. Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth)
  9. Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight – also written by Jonathan Nolan)
  10. M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense)

There’s many more to mention! Quentin Tarantino is amazing with dialogue in all of his films. Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” is a masterpiece of its time. Dustin Lance Black wrote a powerful screenplay with “Milk”. And, I hope Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, and Kristen Wiig continue their screenwriting careers after the successes of “Mean Girls”, “Trainwreck”, and “Bridesmaids”, respectively.

Who are your favorite screenwriters?

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