Top 10 Best Screenwriters of All Time

Walter Hill

Hill's Alien script is a screenwriter legend, even though he was uncredited. The script's anaemic, impressionistic style, which avoids pompous prose and limits action lines to one sentence, remains important today.

Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa wrote over 80 films and TV shows and was a superb storyteller and director. From intimate to epic, his stories never overlook the human element. Kurosawa loves putting characters in situations that challenge their identity.

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron may have been the best rom-com writer ever, but her works explored love like no other. Her almost-stage plays' characters feel like real people because she knows them so well.

The Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers are the most Shakespearean of today's writers. Each of their screenplays has a captivating protagonist who must deal with crime and the moral and legal consequences of their misdeeds. Morality, justice, and religion rarely coexist so easily.

Aaron Sorkin

If you know any of these writers, it's him. Aaron Sorkin, the modern screenwriting master, built a reputation for himself on The West Wing and A Few Good Men with fast-paced dialogue, witty conversations, and smart characters. 

William Goldman

William Goldman epitomises the scriptwriter. Though the public loves several others, Goldman may be the most adored by professionals. 

Shonda Rhimes

Rhimes rules Hollywood. Rhimes is respected by almost everyone in the industry for her hard ethic, prolific production, and good impact on the industry. Rhimes's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal helped launch TV's golden age.

Charlie Kaufman

This unusual writer's first description is "weird." His writing benefits from his eccentricity. Kaufman's films explore the neurotic, ludicrous, and terrifying aspects of daily existence.

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, an Austro-Hungarian immigrant, defined Hollywood. Wilder used ordinary folks, who were brilliant wisecrackers, to explore the morally corrupt and thematically uplifting.

Spike Lee

Some writers follow the pack, but others do their own thing. It's simple to know when you're watching a Spike Lee film, but that's good. His unique, caustic, defiant, and energetic manner cuts through pretension and gets to the heart of the topic he's researching.

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