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30 Screenplays for Every Screenwriter to Read (Plus 20 of Our Favourites)

Here's a list of essential screenplays for every serious screenwriter to read – screenplays, not films. If you are a budding screenwriter, you can't just watch the film and learn screenwriting from it. You must read the screenplay itself.
Watch the film, but the screenplay is the thing.
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Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
2
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
3
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
4
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
5
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
6
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
7
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
8
American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
9
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
10
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
11
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
12
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
13
Carol (2015)
Carol (2015)
14
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
15
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
16
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
17
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
18
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
19
Get Out (2017)
Get Out (2017)
20
Room (2015)
Room (2015)
21
Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall (1977)
22
The Sting (1973)
The Sting (1973)
23
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
24
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
25
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
26
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
27
L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
28
Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
29
Life of Brian (1979)
Life of Brian (1979)
30
12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
31
The French Connection (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
32
Little Women (2019)
Little Women (2019)
33
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
34
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
35
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
36
High Noon (1952)
High Noon (1952)
37
La La Land (2016)
La La Land (2016)
38
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
39
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
40
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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