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Bachelor Party
Written by Neal Israel and Pat Proft
Story by Bob Israel

When Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks), announces his plans to marry his sweetheart, Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen), his friends decide to throw him the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties.

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Backdraft (1991)
Written by Gregory Widen

Chicago firefighter brothers Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian McCaffrey (William Baldwin) must put aside their animosity toward each other to investigate a string of dangerous arson/murders.

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Bad Day At Black Rock
Written by Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman
Based on the story "Bad Day At Hondo" by Howard Breslin

When mysterious stranger John MacCreedy (Spencer Tracy) arrives in the small western town of Black Rock he walks into hatred, fear and murder in this tiny town with a big secret.

NOTE: Nominated for 3 Academy Awards -- Best Director, John Sturges; Best Actor, Spencer Tracy; and Best Screenplay, Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman.
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Bad Lieutenant
Written by Abel Ferrara and Zoë Lund

Corrupt cop "The Lieutenant" (Harvey Keitel) tries to stop his endless abuse of alcohol, crack, heroin, cocaine and sex long enough to investigate the brutal rape of a nun in a Spanish Harlem church.

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Bad Santa
Written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Terry Zwigoff

Conman Willie T. Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) and his diminutive partner Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) get jobs as a mall Santa and an elf so they can rob the stores during closing time.

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Badlands
Written by Terrence Malick

Loosely based on the Charles Starkweather - Caril Ann Fugate 1958 Nebraska murder spree. Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen) and his girlfriend Holly Sargis (Sissy Spacek) go on the run across the South Dakota badlands after Kit murders Holly's overbearing father.

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Barton Fink
Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

"There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside."

This dark (dark... dark...) comedy stars John Turturro as Barton Fink, an "intellectual" New York playwright whose overnight success has Hollywood knocking on his door. While staying at the seedy L.A. "Hotel Earle" Barton develops writers block. Barton's next door neighbor, traveling insurance agent Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) both befuddles and inspires Barton in this tale that is part comedy, suspense, drama & horror.
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Basic
Written by James Vanderbilt

Disgraced DEA agent Hardy (John Travolta) is asked by old friend and Army base commander Styles (Tim Daly) to investigate the disappearance of Army Ranger West (Samuel L. Jackson) and several of his trainees during maneuvers.

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Batman
Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren

Batman begins his war on crime in Gotham City with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

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Batman Begins
Written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer

The story of Batman before he became the caped crusader as we know him today

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The Battle Of Shaker Heights
Written by Erica Beeney

Young WWII re-enactor Kelly Enswiler (Shia LaBeouf) is singled out by high school bully Lance. With the help of fellow re-enactor Bart Bowland (Elden Henson), Kelly plots his revenge on Lance.

SCRIPT NOTE: Winner of the second "Project Greenlight" contest. To learn more about "Project Greenlight" click here.
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Being John Malkovich
Written by Charlie Kaufman

Out of work master puppeteer, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), takes a job as a file clerk on the 7 1/2 floor of a New York City office building. While looking for a lost file, Craig stumbles on a tiny door behind a file cabinet and when he enters it he is transported into the brain of actor John Malkovich (John Malkovich).
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Being There
Written by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones

Chauncey (Peter Sellers) is a simple man who's sole purpose in life is to be a gardener for a wealthy recluse. When Chauncey's boss dies, he is forced out onto the streets of Washington D.C. with no money and no place to live.

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Big Fish
Written by John August
Based on the novel "Big Fish" by Daniel Wallace

William Bloom (Billy Crudup) visits his aging, ill, father Edward (Albert Finney) and tries to uncover the truth about his father's life by separating the fact from the fiction of his father's tall tales.
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The Big Lebowski
Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Borrowing from Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep", "The Big Lebowski" mixes mistaken identity, kidnapping, Leninist philosophy, urine soaked floor coverings, and pederasts, against the lush backdrop of bowling.

Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, a.k.a. the Dude, a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a lot of money--resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld in search of restitution for a rug that "really tied the room together."
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The Birds
Written by Evan Hunter

"It could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made!"

San Francisco lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) his family and their houseguest, socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) try to escape the seaside village of Bodega Bay when common everyday birds begin to attack and kill humans.

SCRIPT NOTE:
Hitchcock wanted Joseph Stefano (writer of Psycho) to write the script, but he wasn't interested in the story. The final screenplay (from a Daphne Du Maurier story) was written by Evan Hunter, best known to detective story fans under his pen name "Ed McBain".
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Birthday Girl
Written by Tom Butterworth and Jezz Butterworth

John Buckingham (Ben Chaplin) is a lonely bank clerk with a nice house, a nice car and no one to share it with. Ben contacts an Internet Russian mail order bride service to find the girl of his dreams. What he gets is Nadia (Nicole Kidman) a girl who can't cook, can't speak English and has a secret that will jeopardize both of their lives.
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Black Snake Moan
Written by Craig Brewer

Aging blues guitarist and recently separated farmer, Lazarus Woods (Samuel L. Jackson), discovers the half-dead, half-naked body of Rae Doole (Christina Ricci), on the road near his home. To call Rae the town slut is both an understatement and an oversimplification. Lazarus, still hurting from the exit of his cheating wife vows to redeem the deeply troubled Rae by any means necessary.

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Blood Simple
Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Filmed in 1984 on a very limited budget, "Blood Simple" tells the tale of infidelity, jealously and murder set in rural Texas. This "film noir" masterpiece stars Frances McDormand as the adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband, M. Emmet Walsh as the private detective, Loren Visser and John Getz as Ray, the man who is caught between them all. The camera work is by first-time cinematographer (later turned director) Barry Sonnenfeld.

Beginning screenwriters should take note: Because the Coen's direct their own screenplays, they contain a lot of shot direction (a definite no-no for spec writers).

This copy of the screenplay also contains a scene deleted from the 1st draft and a commentary from Ethan & Joel Coen explaining why they took it out.
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Blue Velvet
Written by David Lynch

Clean-cut college boy Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) is shocked when he finds a severed human ear in an open lot in the middle of his seemingly idilic hometown. When he decides to investigate the origin of the ear he is drawn into a violent underworld that revolves around gangster Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) and his girlfriend Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini).

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Bodies, Rest & Motion
Written by Roger Hedden
Based on a play by Roger Hedden

Nick (Tim Roth) arrives home one day and promptly announces to his girlfriend Beth (Bridget Fonda) that they are moving from Arizona to Montana. Nick takes off to places unknown without warning and without Beth the day before the move, leaving Beth abandoned and seeking solace with Sid (Eric Stoltz) a house painter who is preparing the house for the next tenants.
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The Boondock Saints
Written by Troy Duffy

Irish fraternal twin brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) & Murphy McManus (Norman Reedus), set out on a divine mission to rid the world of evil. FBI agent, Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), tracks the pair to bring them to justice but begins to believe that maybe they are doing the right thing.

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Bottle Rocket
Written by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson

Three life-long friends, Dignan (Owen Wilson), Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) and Anthony Adams (Luke Wilson), out of boredom, hatch a plot to pursue a life of crime.

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The Bourne Identity
Written by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron
Based on a novel by Robert Ludlum

C.I.A. assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) suffers amnesia after being shot and left for dead floating in the ocean. Jason goes on the run when he realizes that his would be killer(s) are back to finish the job.
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The Bourne Supremacy
Written by Tony Gilroy and Brian Helgeland (uncredited)
Based on a novel by Robert Ludlum

Amnesiac C.I.A. assassin, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), is enjoying life, living under an alias with his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente), when killer, Kirill (Karl Urban) discovers his whereabouts and sends Jason on the run again.
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Boy Who Never Slept
Written by Solomon Rothman

Insomniac writer, Daniel Weston (Solomon Rothman), meets a teenage girl, Melissa Jones (A. Brown) online. What begins as merely a friendship develops into an unlikely love story wrapped in harsh reality.

NOTE: To find out more about this film and watch it free online visit here!

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Braveheart
Written by Randall Wallace

13th century Scottish commoner William Wallace (Mel Gibson) leads the clans of Scotland against the occupying forces of the tyrannical British King Edward I (Patrick McGoohan).
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Bringing Out The Dead
Written by Paul Schrader
Based on a novel by Joe Connelly

Depressed New York City Emergency Medical Technician Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) and his partners Larry Verber (John Goodman), Tom Wall (Tom Sizemore) and Marcus (Ving Rhames) respond to a relentless series of emergencies in the big city.
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Bruce Almighty
Written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk
Based on a story by Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe

Second rate television reporter Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is having a bad day -- He loses his job, wrecks his car and is beaten up by street thugs. When Bruce berates and curses God for his bad luck, God (Morgan Freeman) decides to give Bruce all of his powers for one week while he goes on vacation.
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Bull Durham
Written by Ron Shelton

Aging one time Major League catcher "Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner) is called to the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team to guide the team's new rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) who is more likely to throw a 97 mph fast ball into the stands than he would across the plate.

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The Butterfly Effect
Written by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress

College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) discovers that, while reading a journal he wrote while growing up, he can transport himself back in time to re-live and change traumatic events in his past --but not always with desirable results.

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