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The African Queen (1951)
Written by James Agee, John Huston and Peter Viertel
Based on a novel by C.S. Forester

After her brother, Reverend Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley) dies, sheltered missionary Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) convinces river-boat captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) to ferry her down the Ulanga river to escape from German controlled East Africa.

NOTE: Nominated for 4 Academy Awards and winner of 1 for Best Actor, Humphrey Bogart.
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Alien
Written by Dan O'Bannon
Based on a story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett

The Nostromo, a commercial space vehicle, is on a return trip to earth when its crew, Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Ash (Ian Holm), Kane (John Hurt), Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) responds to an SOS signal from a supposedly uninhabited planet.
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Aliens
Written by James Cameron
Based on a story by James Cameron, David Giler and Walter Hill
Based on characters by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett

When contact is lost with a terraforming colony on planet LV-426, a military unit, led by Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn), convinces Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to return with them to the original planet were she once encountered alien life-forms.
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All About Eve
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is Broadway's greatest actress. Her success is based upon plays written by Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) and directed by Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill). When Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm) finds a young woman hanging around the theatre night after night, she brings the star struck girl, Eve (Anne Baxter), to meet her hero Margo. Soon they will all find out all about Eve...

Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, a feat only matched by James Cameron's "Titanic", "All About Eve" won 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay for 1950.
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All The King's Men (1949)
Written by Robert Rossen
Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren

Loosely based on real-life governor Huey Long, this film documents the rise of backwoods hick Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford), as he ascends through Louisana politics to become governor of the state.

NOTE: Winner of 3 Academy Awards. Best Actor, Broderick Crawford, Best Supporting Actress, Mercedes McCambridge and Best Picture.

TRIVIA: Producer/writer/director Robert Penn Warren originally offered the role of Willie Stark to John Wayne. Upon reading the script, Wayne sent an angry letter to his agent saying he despised the story, saying it was anti-American and that he should "...take this script and shove it up Robert Rossen's derriere..." The part went to Broderick Crawford. That year John Wayne was nominated for an Academy Award for "Sands Of Iwo Jima." He lost to Crawford and his portrayal of Willie Stark.

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All The President's Men
Written by William Goldman
Based on the novel by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

A chance discovery of a piece of tape on a door by Watergate Hotel Security Guard Frank Wills (played by himself in the movie) begins a sequence of events that send Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) on the detective story of the century.

Read the actual stories written by the reporters here!

Read a partial transcript of the actual "smoking gun" Oval Office tape of Richard Nixon and Bob Haldeman discussing the cover-up in script format here!

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best adapted screenplay 1976.
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Amadeus
Written by Peter Shaffer

Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham in an Academy Award winning role) is the court composer for Emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri is gifted enough to appreciate great music but is incapable of composing it well. After hearing the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Thomas Hulce), Salieri recognizes that God has given Mozart the gift of true greatness. But when Salieri meets Mozart he finds him a giggling, crude, juvenile "creature." Salieri is torn between his love of the greatest music that he has ever heard and his hatred and jealousy of its composer.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best adapted screenplay 1984. (Also Best Picture)
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American Beauty
Written by Alan Ball

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is having a mid-life crisis. His controlling, materialistic wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) constantly emasculates him and his confused, morose, teen-aged daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is embarrassed by him. When Lester meets Jane's friend Angela (Mena Suvari), an attractive, flirtatious ingenue, she inspires him to try recapture what is missing in his life.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1999.
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American Graffiti
Written by George Lucas, Gloria Katz & Williard Huyck

Coming of age comedy about a group of teenagers on their last night together before some of them go off to college. Steve Bolander (Ron Howard) is leaving his girlfriend Laurie Henderson (Cindy Williams) behind, which strains their relationship. Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) tries to find the "Blonde in the T-Bird" (Suzanne Somers) but finds trouble with the local street gang "The Pharohs." John Milner (Paul LeMat), reluctant chauffeur for underaged Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) has to prove once again that he has the fastest car in town by drag racing new challenger Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford). And geeky Terry Fields (Charles Martin Smith) borrows Steve's car and has a kooky date with party girl Debbie Dunham (Candy Clark).
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American Pie
Written by Adam Herz

Based on the Shakespearean tragedy "Titus Andronicus" (just kidding). Four high-school boys -- Jim Levinstein (Jason Biggs), Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher (Chris Klein) and Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) -- form a pact to lose their virginity before the senior prom.

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American Splendor
Written by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Based on the comic book "American Splendor" by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner

Autobiographical story of V.A. Hospital clerk and curmudgeon extraordinaire Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar) who, with the help of artist Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak), creates the comic book "American Splendor" to document the everyday routine of his life.

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An American Werewolf In London
Written by John Landis

While backpacking through Northern England, Americans David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) are attacked by a creature who kills Jack and wounds David. Young nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) tries to help David with his nightmares and to deal with his "visits" from Jack.
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An American Werewolf In Paris
Written by Tim Burns, Tom Stern & Anthony Waller

American Andy McDermott (Tom Everett Scott) meets Parisian beauty Serafine Pigot (Julie Delpy) and attempts to save her from secret society of werewolves.

SCRIPT NOTE: This is an early version of the script and is very different than the final film.
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Annie Hall
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is a neurotic, Jewish, liberal, intellectual comedian (no way!). Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) is a goofy, Midwestern, hedonistic, aspiring nightclub singer. Together they solve crime! Well, it was almost that way. The original movie that Allen filmed was trimmed of a murder mystery subplot that 16 years later became "Manhattan Murder Mystery." What we're left with is a boy-has-already-lost-girl story about love and dating in the 70's.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1977.
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Antitrust
Written by Howard Franklin

Hotshot computer programmer, Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe), takes a job with a gigantic software company headed by zillionaire computer guru, Gary Winston (Tim Robbins). After the death of his best friend, Teddy Chin (Yee Jee Tso), Milo begins to suspect that his new employer may not be all he appears to be.
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Apocalypse Now - Redux
Written by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Herr (uncredited)
Based on the book "Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad (uncredited)

U.S. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen), is sent on a top secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate Green Beret Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) whom the Army thinks has gone insane.

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As Good As It Gets
Written by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks

Reclusive, obsessive-complusive, misanthropic writer Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) life changes when his gay artist neighbor Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear) is beaten during a robbery and Simon's art dealer friend Frank Sachs (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) forces Melvin to take care of Simon's dog. Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt) is the only waitress in the world who tolerates Melvin's hateful behavior long enough to serve him breakfast.

NOTE: "As Good As It Gets" was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor - Greg Kinnear. Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor and Helen Hunt won for Best Actress.
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The Assignment
Written by Dan Gordon and Sabi H. Shabtai

Cuban-American naval officer, Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn), is recruited by the CIA -- Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) and Amos (Ben Kingsley) -- to impersonate and eliminate international terrorist, Carlos "The Jackal" Sanchez (Aidan Quinn).

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Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Written by Mike Myers

"If he were any cooler, he'd still be frozen, baby!"

Super groovy British secret agent, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) is placed in cryogenic suspension in 1969, so he can fight super bad guy Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) in the not so swinging '90's.
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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers

"First, he fought for the Crown. Now he's fighting for the Family Jewels."

Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) builds a time machine and travels back to 1969 and steals Austin Power's (Mike Myers) mojo, rendering him "shagless." With the help of agent Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), Austin sets out to stop Dr. Evil's latest plan and recover his virility.
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Autumn In New York
Written by Allison Burnett

Womanizing restaurant owner, Will Keane (Richard Gere), meets free-spirited designer, Charlotte Fielding (Winona Ryder), and becomes smitten with the sweet, young woman. But Charlotte has a secret that threatens to doom their love affair.
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