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L.A. Confidential
Written by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson
Based on the novel by James Ellroy

Set against the backdrop of 1950's Los Angeles, L.A. Confidential shows the seedy underside of the glittery coating of Hollywood. Three policemen with very different methods of dealing with their jobs come together to solve a series of crimes that are bigger than they first imagined. Bud White (Russell Crowe) is a cop who makes it a point of physically dealing with men who abuse women. Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) is a cop who revels in his role as technical advisor to a Dragnet-style TV show and is a confidential informant to sleezy tabloid reporter Sid Hudgeons (Danny Devito). Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) is a straight-arrow, by-the-book cop with huge aspirations to be a leader in the police force while simultaneously alienating all around him.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best adapted screenplay 1997.
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The Ladykillers (2004)
Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Based on the 1955 movie "The Ladykillers" by William Rose

Genteel Southern Professor Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, III, Ph.D (Tom Hanks) and his diverse gang, Gawain MacSam (Marlon Wayans), The General (Tzi Ma), Garth Pancake (J.K. Simmons) and Lump Hudson (Ryan Hurst), use the home of pious widow Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) as the base of their tunneling operation to rob a Mississippi riverboat casino.
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The Last Temptation Of Christ
Written by Paul Schrader
Based on a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis

During the crucifixion, Satan (the voice of Leo Marks) tempts Jesus (Willem Dafoe) -- in an attempt to get Jesus to cast off his divinity -- by showing him what his life would be like if he were to live his life as an ordinary man.
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Leaving Las Vegas
Written by Mike Figgis
Based on a novel by John O'Brien

Alcoholic screenwriter, Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage, in an Academy Award winning role) with his life crumbling around him, comes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There Ben meets Sera, (Elisabeth Shue, in an Academy Award nominated role) a prostitute who takes him in and cares for him but must abide by the promise to never try to stop him from drinking.
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Legally Blonde
Written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Based on a novel by Amanda Brown

When ditsy, blonde sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is dumped by her pretentious boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis), so he can attend Harvard Law School, she too enrolls at Harvard in an attempt to win him back.
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Written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone

New Yorkers, Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) and Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence), are arrested in rural Mississippi in 1932 and sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder they didn't commit.
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The Life Of David Gale
Written by Charles Randolph

Capital punishment abolitionist David Gale (Kevin Spacey) finds himself on Death Row in Texas for the rape and murder of fellow abolitionist Constance Harraway (Laura Linney). Gale tells his story -- through the use of flashback -- to reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) who becomes convinced that David is innocent.
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Light Sleeper
Written by Paul Schrader

Drug dealer and former addict, John LeTour's (Willem Dafoe), livelyhood is threatened when his boss, Ann (Susan Sarandon), announces her retirement from selling narcotics to upscale clients to start a cosmetic business.

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Little Miss Sunshine
Written by Michael Arndt

Motivational speaker, Richard Harvey (Greg Kinnear), his harried wife, Sheryl (Toni Collette), along with their mute-by-choice, teenage son Dwayne (Paul Dano), Sheryl's suicidal brother, Frank (Steve Carell), and Richard's cantankerous, heroin-using father (Alan Arkin), all pile in the family's beat-up VW van to take their young daughter Olive on a cross country trip to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" contest.

NOTE: Nominated for 4 Academy Awards and winner of 2 -- Best Original Screenplay and Best supporting Actor, Alan Arkin.

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Little Nicky
Written by Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler and Steven Brill

Hell is thrown into chaos when two of Satan's sons, Cassius (Tom Lister. Jr.) and Adrian (Rhys Ifans) try to kill Satan (Harvey Keitel) and take over the underworld. Satan's only hope is his third son, the meek and silly, Nicky (Adam Sandler).
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Living In Oblivion
Written by Tom DiCillo

Independent film director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) is trying to finish his latest film but anything that can go wrong, does.
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Logan's Run (1976)
Written by David Zelag Goodman
Based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

To keep the population explosion from overwhelming the planet, humans in the 23rd century, are exterminated at the age of 30. Logan-5 (Michael York) is a "Sandman" a type of cop whose job it is to kill "runners" (people who decide they don't want to follow the Government mandate to die at age 30).
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Lone Star
"John Sayles invites you to return to the scene of the crime..."

In a film reminiscent of "Citizen Kane" and "Rashomon", the discovery of a skeleton in the desert sends Rio County Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) on a quest to solve a 40 year old murder and along the way, find out what kind of a man his father, the legendary Sheriff Buddy Deeds, really was.

Pay close attention to Salyes' clever use of flashback to move between present day and 1957. "Lone Star" was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay in 1997.

"This stretch of road runs between nowhere and not much else."
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The Long Kiss Goodnight
Written by Shane Black

Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a typical suburban housewife and schoolteacher. She's also an amnesiac whose earliest memory goes back only eight years when she was discovered washed up on a beach two months pregnant. With the help of Private Detective Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson) Samantha begins to uncover her past and her true identity.

SCRIPT NOTE: "The Long Kiss Goodnight" held the record for the most money ever paid for a screenplay at $4 million. The record was later broken when Disney paid $6 million for M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs."

This is an early version of the screenplay and, in some areas, very different from the finished film. This is one of my favorite action movies but I feel this version of the screenplay is better than the finished film. See what you think.
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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
Based on a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

The members of the Fellowship of the Ring prepare to defend Middle Earth against the armies of the evil Sauron.

SCRIPT NOTE: Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Lost Highway
Written by David Lynch and Barry Gifford

Jazz musician Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), and his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette) anonymously receive a series of unmarked videotapes. The first tape shows a quick shot of the outside of the house. The next tape shows Fred and Renee sleeping in their bedroom. Fred and Renee's lives are rocked when the next tape arrives to show a horror that neither can explain. And then the movie gets really weird!
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Lost Horizon
Written by Robert Riskin and Sidney Buchman (uncredited)
Based on a novel by James Hilton

Fleeing a rising rebellion in China, diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Coleman), and a group of British subjects attempt to escape by plane but crash land in the Himalayan mountains and discover the utopian paradise of Shangri-La.

NOTE: Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (H.B. Warner) and winner of two: Best Art Direction and Best Editing.

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The Lost Weekend
Written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett
Based on a novel by Charles R. Jackson

Failed writer and "recovering" alcoholic Don Birnham (Ray Milland) avoids a weekend trip to the country with his girlfriend Helen St. James (Jane Wyman) and his brother Wick Birnam (Phillip Terry) so he can stay behind in New York City alone. Once alone Don lies, cheats and steals to get another drink.

SCRIPT NOTE: Nominated for 7 Academy Awards and winner of 5 including Best Actor (Ray Milland), Best Director (Billy Wilder), Best Picture and Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder).
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