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1957 - Present
Date
Original Screenplay
Adaptated Screenplay
2011
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen
The Descendants
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
2010
The King's Speech
David Seidler
The Social Network
Aaron Sorkin
2009
The Hurt Locker
Mark Boal
Precious
Geoffrey Fletcher
2008
Milk
Dustin Lance Black
Slumdog Millionaire
Simon Beaufoy
2007
Juno
Diablo Cody
No Country For Old Men
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
2006
Little Miss Sunshine
Michael Arndt
The Departed
William Monahan
2005
Crash (2004)
Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco
Brokeback Mountain
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
2004
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
Sideways
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
2003
Lost In Translation
Sofia Coppola
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson
2002
Talk To Her
Pedro Almodóvar
The Pianist
Ronald Harwood
2001

Gosford Park
Julian Fellows

A Beautiful Mind
Akiva Goldsman
2000
Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe
Traffic
Stephen Gaghan
1999

American Beauty
Alan Ball

The Cider House Rules
John Irving

1998
Shakespeare In Love
Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Gods And Monsters
Bill Condon
1997
Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
L.A. Confidential
Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson
1996
Fargo
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Sling Blade
Billy Bob Thornton
1995
The Usual Suspects
Christopher McQuarrie
Sense And Sensibility
Emma Thompson
1994
Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avery
Forrest Gump
Eric Roth
1993
The Piano
Jane Campion
Schindler's List
Steven Zaillian
1992
The Crying Game
Neil Jordan
Howards End
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1991
Thelma & Louise
Callie Khouri
1990
Ghost
Bruce Joel Rubin
Dances With Wolves
Michael Blake
1989
Dead Poets Society
Tom Schulman
Driving Miss Daisy
Alfred Uhry
1988
Rain Man
Ronald Bass & Barry Morrow
Dangerous Liaisons
Christopher Hampton
1987
Moonstruck
John Patrick Shanley
The Last Emperor
Mark Peploe & Bernardo Bertolucci
1986
A Room With A View
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1985
Witness
Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley
& Pamela Wallace
Out Of Africa
Kurt Luedtke
1984
Places In The Heart
Robert Benton
Amadeus
Peter Shaffer
1983
Tender Mercies
Horton Foote
Terms Of Endearment
James L. Brooks
1982
Gandhi
John Briley
Missing
Costa-Gavras & Donald Stewart
1981
Chariots Of Fire
Colin Welland
On Golden Pond
Ernest Thompson
1980
Melvin And Howard
Bo Goldman
Ordinary People
Alvin Sargent
1979
Breaking Away
Steve Tesich
Kramer Vs. Kramer
Robert Benton
1978
Coming Home
Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt
& Robert C. Jones
Midnight Express
Oliver Stone
1977
Annie Hall
Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman
Julia
Alvin Sargent
1976
Network
Paddy Chayefsky
All The President's Men
William Goldman
1975
Dog Day Afternoon
Frank Pierson
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Lawrence Hauben & Bo Goldman
1974
Chinatown
Robert Towne
The Godfather Part II
Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
1973
The Sting
David S. Ward
The Exorcist
William Peter Blatty
1972
The Candidate
Jeremy Larner
The Godfather
Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola
1971
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The French Connection
Ernest Tidyman
1970
Patton
Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H. North
M*A*S*H
Ring Lardner, Jr.
1969
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
William Goldman
Midnight Cowboy
Waldo Salt
1968
The Producers
Mel Brooks
The Lion In Winter
James Goldman
1967
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
William Rose
In The Heat Of The Night
Stirling Silliphant
1966
A Man And A Woman
Claude Lelouch & Pierre Uytterhoeven
A Man For All Seasons
Robert Bolt
1965
Darling
Frederic Raphael
Doctor Zhivago
Robert Bolt
1964
Father Goose
S. H. Barnett, Peter Stone
& Frank Tarloff
Becket
Edward Anhalt
1963
How The West Was Won
James R. Webb
Tom Jones
John Osborne
1962
Divorce - Italian Style
Ennio de Concini, Alfredo Giannetti
& Pietro Germi
To Kill A Mockingbird
Horton Foote
1961
Splendor In The Grass
William Inge
Judgment At Nuremberg
Abby Mann
1960
The Apartment
Billiy Wilder & I. A. L. Diamond
Elmer Gantry
Richard Brooks
1959
Pillow Talk
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene
Stanley Shapiro & Maurice Richlin
Room At The Top
Neil Paterson
1958
The Defiant Ones
Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith
Gigi
Alan Jay Lerner
1957
Designing Woman
George Wells
The Bridge On The River Kwai
Pierre Boulle, Michael Wilson
& Carl Foreman

1956
Date
Motion Picture Story
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
1956
The Brave One
Dalton Trumbo
The Red Balloon
Albert Lamorisse
Around The World In 80 Days
James Poe, John Farrow & S.J. Perelman

1949 - 1955
Date
Original Motion
Picture Story
Original Screenplay
Story & Screenplay
1955
Love Me Or Leave Me
Daniel Fuchs
Marty
Paddy Chayefsky
Interrupted Melody
William Ludwig & Sonya Levien
1954
Broken Lance
Philip Yordan
The Country Girl
George Seaton
On The Waterfront
Budd Schulberg
1953
Roman Holiday
Dalton Trumbo
From Here To Eternity
Daniel Taradash
Titanic
Charles Brackett, Wlater Reisch & Richard Breen
1952
The Greatest Show On Earth
Frederic M. Frank, Theodore St. John & Frank Cavett
The Bad And The Beautiful
Charles Schnee
The Lavender Hill Mob
T. E. B. Clarke
1951
Seven Days To Noon
Paul Dehn & James Bernard
A Place In The Sun
Michael Wilson & Harry Brown
An American In Paris
Alan Jay Lerner
1950
Panic In The Streets
Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt
All About Eve
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Sunset Blvd.
Charles Bracket, Billy Wilder
& D. M. Marshman, Jr.
1949
The Stratton Story
Douglas Morrow
A Letter To Three Wives
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Battleground
Robert Pirosh

1948
Date
Original Motion Picture Story
Original Screenplay
1948
The Search
Richard Schweizer & David Wechsler
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
John Huston

1940 - 1947
Date
Original Motion Picture Story
Original Screenplay
Screenplay
1947
Miracle On 34th Street
Valentine Davies
The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer
Sidney Sheldon
Miracle On 34th Street
George Seaton
1946
Vacation From Marriage
Clemence Dane
The Seventh Veil
Muriel Box & Sydney Box
The Best Years Of Our Lives
Robert E. Sherwood
1945
The House On 92nd Street
Charles G. Booth
Marie-Louise
Richard Schweizer
The Lost Weekend
Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder
1944
Going My Way
Leo McCarey
Wilson
Lamar Trotti
Going May Way
Frank Butler & Frank Cavett
1943
The Human Comedy
William Saroyan
Princess O'Rourke
Norman Krasna
Casablanca
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein & Howard Koch
1942
The Invaders
Emeric Pressburger
Woman Of The Year
Ring Lardner, Jr. & Michael Kanin
Mrs. Miniver
Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel,
James Hilton & Claudine West
1941
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Harry Segall
Citizen Kane
Herman J. Mankiewicz & Orson Wells
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Sidney Buchman & Seton I. Miller
1940
Arise, My Love
Benjamin Glazer & John S. Toldy
The Great McGinty
Preston Sturges
The Philadelphia Story
Donald Ogden Stewart

1935 - 1939
Date
Original Story
Screenplay
1939
Gone With The Wind
Sidney Howard
1938
Boys Town
Dore Schary & Eleanore Griffin
Pygmalion
George Bernard Shaw, W. P. Lipscomb,
& Ian Dalrymple
1937
A Star Is Born
William A. Wellman & Robert Carson
The Life Of Emile Zola
Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald,
& Geza Herczeg
1936
The Story Of Louis Pasteur
Pierre Collings & Sheridan Gibney
The Story Of Louis Pasteur
Pierre Collings & Sheridan Gibney
1935
The Scoundrel
Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
The Informer
Dudley Nichols

1931 - 1934
Date
Adaptation
Original Story
1934
It Happened One Night
Robert Riskin
Manhattan Melodrama
Arthur Caesar
1933
Little Women
Vistor Heerman & Sarah Y. Mason
One Way Passage
Robert Lord
1932
Bad Girl
Edwin Burke
The Champ
Francis Marion
1931
Cimarron
Howard Estabrook
The Dawn Patrol
John Monk Saunders

1929 - 1930
Date
Screenplay
1930
The Big House
Frances Marion
1929
The Patriot
Hans Kraly

1928
Date
Adaptation
Original Story
Title Writing
1928
7th Heaven
Benjamin Glazer
Underworld
Ben Hecht
Joseph Farnham

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