A screenplay is the heart of a movie. It is one of the first components, and also one of the most essential part of the filmmaking process. Without a screenplay, you won’t have a movie. Without a good screenplay, you will have drivel. Hence, the role of screenwriters is paramount in the process of film making. Cinema is blessed to have some of the most original writers, who have presented us with some daring, heartbreaking, haunting, and even enjoyable stories. It is a mammoth task to even begin to think of listing down the ten best screenwriters, because frankly, there is a lot to choose from. Plus, screenwriting is a very tricky thing.
There’s screenwriting in terms of good, authentic and snappy dialogue. Then there’s commercial screenwriting, which is its own beast. Here, we try to list down writers who have made the form an art in itself. The factors that went into selecting the names are manifold. Here’s our list of top screenplay writers ever.
12. The Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers have perfected the art of writing neo-noir pieces, with clever dialogues. Spec screenplay to production shouldn’t be hard for them when they have the creative control of their works. Additionally, it is a mammoth task for any screenwriter to adapt an award winning novel for screen, and then nail the adaptation. In “No Country for Old Men”, the brothers did exactly that, engraving their names in the history books.
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11. Oliver Stone