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Written by Jon Favreau

Los Angeles mob boss Max (Peter Falk) hires two down-and-out, small time boxers, Bobby Ricigliano (Jon Favreau) and Ricky Slade (Vince Vaughn) to run a simple errand for him in New York city. Bobby sticks to the simple plan but when Rick begins to improvise, the results are disastrous.

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Made For Each Other (1939)
Written by Jo Swerling - Story by Rose Franken
Humorous Situations by Frank Ryan

Young lawyer John 'Johnny' Mason (James Stewart) meets Jane Mason (Carole Lombard) on a business trip and marries her after knowing her only one day. When life begins to throw more and more adversity toward this idealistic couple they never falter in their love for each other.
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The Majestic
Written by Michael Sloane

Blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) suffers amnesia after a car accident. When he wakes up on a beach with no memory of who he is, the residents of a small town take him in, believing him to be local missing-in-action war hero Luke Trimble.
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Major League
Written by David S. Ward

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians -- former showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) -- wants to move the team to Miami, Florida but she can't break the team's lease with the city of Cleveland unless fan attendance falls below 800,000 for the year. To make sure this happens, she hires a rag-tag, bottom-of-the-barrel bunch of ballplayers to guarantee a losing season. Among her new hires are washed-up catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) and car thief/pitcher Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughan (Charlie Sheen).
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Malcolm X
Written by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee and James Baldwin (uncredited)
Based on the book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

An indepth look at the life and tragic death of black leader Malcolm X (Denzel Washington). The movie follows Malcolm Little's troubled early years to his exposure to Islam in prison and to his rise as a disciple of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Al Freeman) and his becoming a leader in the Nation Of Islam.
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Manhunter - filmed under the title "Red Dragon" but changed because the producers thought it sounded like a Kung Fu movie, features CSI's William Petersen as Will Graham and Tom Noonan as the serial killer Francis Dollarhyde. It also features Brian Cox in the peripheral (but thematically central) role of Hannibal "Leckter", psychiatrist and cannibalistic madman who had nearly killed Graham some years before.

Note: The current versions of this script floating around the internet were made from a bad OCR scan of a paper copy and contains many errors. This is a corrected copy.

"Here... I... am... "
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Man On Fire
Written by Brian Helgeland
Based on a novel by A.J. Quinnell

Ex-Special Forces operative Creasy (Denzel Washington) is hired to act as a bodyguard to Pita (Dakota Fanning) the daughter of Mexican businessman Samuel (Marc Anthony). When Pita is kidnapped, Creasy vows to kill anyone involved with the kidnapping -- no matter who they might be.
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The Man Who Wasn't There
"He told them to look not at the facts, but at the meaning of the facts. Then he said the facts had no meaning."

Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help change it. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder.

The Coens came up with the story while working on The Hudsucker Proxy. While filming the scene in the barbershop, the Coens saw a prop poster of 1940s haircuts and began developing a story about the barber who cut the hair in the poster.

"Sooner or later everyone needs a haircut."
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Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Based on a story by Paddy Chayefsky

Shy, lonely bachelor, Marty Pilleti (Ernest Borgnine) is hounded by his widowed mother, Theresa Piletti (Ester Miciotti), with whom he still lives, about when he plans to get married. Marty is a nice guy who considers himself unattractive and is awkward around women. But when Marty encounters kindred spirit and plain looking, Clara Snyder (Betsy Blair), his "friends" and family try to convince him he can do better.

NOTES: Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winner of 4: Best Actor - Ernest Borgnine, Best Director - Delbert Mann, Best Screenplay - Paddy Chayefsky, and Best Picture 1955.

TRIVIA: At 91 minutes long, "Marty" has the shortest running time of any film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

"Marty" was originally performed as a TV movie in 1953 starring Rod Steiger as Marty Piletti.

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Written by Ring Lardner Jr.
Based on the novel by Richard Hooker

"Hawkeye" Pierce (Donald Sutherland), "Trapper" John McIntyre (Elliot Gould) and "Duke" Forrest (Tom Skerritt) are Army surgeons stationed at the 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) in Korea. To take their minds off the daily horrors of war, the boys play pranks and stage crazy events to try to boost morale. Many of their jokes and schemes are aimed at straight-arrow Maj. Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and by-the-book nurse Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan (Sally Kellerman).

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner for best adapted screenplay 1970.
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Mean Streets
Written by Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin

A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy.
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Men In Black
Written by Ed Solomon
Based on a comic book by Lowell Cunningham

Tough New York City cop James Edwards (Will Smith) becomes the latest recruit of the top-secret 6th division of the INS, MIB (Men In Black). As Agent Jay he partners with Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and attempts to regulate the presence of extra-terrestrials on Earth.
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Written by Randy Feldman

San Franciso Police Department hostage negotiator Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy) tries to break-in a new partner, sharpshooter Kevin McCall (Michael Rapaport) while playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with psychopathic bank robber/murderer Michael Korda (Michael Wincott).

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Miami Vice (2006)
Written by Michael Mann
Based on the TV series "Miami Vice" created by Anthony Yerkovich

Undercover Detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) pose as offshore boat racers and smugglers in an attempt to infiltrate the drug empire of Archangel de Jesus Montoya-Londono (Luis Tosar).

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Midnight Cowboy
Written by Waldo Salt
Based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy

Naive hustler Joe Buck (Jon Voight) leaves rural Texas to make his fortune as a gigolo in New York City. Befriended by sickly con-man 'Ratso' Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), Joe soon discovers that he is no longer a big fish in a little pond.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best adapted screenplay 1969.
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Midnight Run
Written by George Gallo

Skip-tracer Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is hired by bail bondsman Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) to capture and return embezzling Mob accountant Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). To protect his fee, Jack must bring Mardukas across country while avoiding the F.B.I. who want Mardukas to testify against Mob boss Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina) and Serrano's men who want to kill him.
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Miller's Crossing
Joel & Ethan Coen pay homage to Dashiell Hammett in this beautifully written and beautifully photographed (by future director Barry Sonnenfeld) tale of loyalty, trust, ethics and friendship set against 1930's era organized crime.

The story centers around a smart gangster named Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne). Tom is extremely loyal to his mob boss Leo (Albert Finney), even though he is sleeping with Leo's girl Verna (Marcia Gay Harden). A rival mob boss tells Leo that Verna's brother is causing trouble, and he wants to kill him. Because Leo is so in love with Verna, he can't kill her brother, and a mob war ensues.
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Minority Report
Written by Scott Frank and Jon Cohen
Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick

In 2054, a new law enforcement agency called the "Pre-crime Division" uses the precognative abilities of three genetically altered humans called "Precogs" to accurately predict the crime of murder, allowing them to arrest the perpetrator before the murder can occur. Lead investigator of the Pre-crime Division, Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise), goes on the run when the precogs have a vision that he will murder a man he has never met in less than 36 hours.
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Written by William Goldman
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is nursed back to health from a snowy automobile accident by his "number one" fan Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). But when Annie finds Paul's latest manuscript chronicling the death of her favorite character Misery Chastain, Paul finds himself at Annie's mercy.
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Mission To Mars
Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas and Graham Yost
Story by Lowell Cannon, Jim Thomas and John Thomas

When the first manned mission to Mars, led by Commander Luke Graham (Don Cheadle), encounters problems, a rescue mission is sent, led by Woodrow 'Woody' Blake (Tim Robbins), and Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise).
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Written by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama
Based on a novel by Eric Hodgins

Advertising executive, Jim Blandings (Cary Grant), lives in a tiny New York City apartment with his wife, Muriel (Myrna Loy), and daughters, Betsy (Connie Marshall) and Joan (Sharyn Moffett). Yearning for a bigger space to live, Jim decides to buy a house in Connecticut to accommodate his family. Hilarity ensuses as Jim and Muriel, with the help of old friend, Bill Cole (Melvyn Douglas), try to deal with contractors and builders and keep their dream home on budget.

NOTE: This film is the basis for the 1986 Tom Hanks movie "The Money Pit" and the 2007 Ice Cube movie "Are We Done Yet?"

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Written by Sidney Buchman
Original story by Lewis R. Foster

Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is a good-natured, idealistic man who is appointed by a state political cabal to fill out the term of a recently expired senator. Newspaper magnate Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold), Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) and Governor Hubert "Happy" Hopper (Guy Kibbee) want a naive "yes man" in office so they can push through a bill that will build an necessary dam so that the surrounding property, which is owned by Taylor, will become more valuable. But when Senator Smith discovers their plot, he sacrifices everything to try and bring them down.

SCRIPT NOTES: Although the screenplay was written by Sidney Buchman, the Academy Award went to Lewis R. Foster for Best Original Story 1939.

This is the production draft of the screenplay. And while it is a faithful representation of the final film, it also includes 4 great scenes that were later cut. Spelling, punctuation and grammar have been left as they were in the screenplay.
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Written by Michael Mahern and Nicholas Kazan
Based on a story by Michael Mahern

"Mobsters" follows Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey), Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano, Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) from their beginnings as youngsters on the streets to their rise and control of organized crime in the United States.
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Written by John Patrick Shanley

Italian-American window Loretta Castorini (Cher) becomes engaged to a man she really doesn't love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). After Johnny flies to Sicily to be at the bedside of his dying mother, Loretta tries to help him patch things up with his estranged brother Ronny (Nicholas Cage).

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner for best original screenplay 1987.
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Written by Lawrence Kasdan

Dr. Mickey Mumford (Loren Dean) moves to a small town of the same name to set up his psychology practice. The popular Dr. Mumford quickly becomes part of this quirky community until some people begin to suspect he is not who he says he is.

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The Mummy (1999)
Written by Stephen Sommers
Screen Story by Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle and Kevin Jarre

Museum librarian Evelyn Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz) and adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) journey across the Egyptian desert to find the lost city of Hamunaptra. But their luck goes from bad-to-worse when they accidently revive the mummy of Imhotep.
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Music Of The Heart
Written by Pamela Gray

Based on a true story. Violinist Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep), after being abandoned by her husband, gets a job teaching music in an East Harlem public school. Through music, Roberta teaches her students the value of hard work and self-worth.

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Mystery Men
Written by Neil Cuthbert
Based on the Dark Horse comic book series by Bob Burden

Champion City is thrown into a panic when supervillian Cassanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) kidnaps the city's protector, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear). To the rescue comes the less-than-super Mystery Men -- the angry Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the fork throwing Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), the shovel wielding Shoveler (William H. Macy), the strike throwing Bowler (Janeane Garafolo), the stinky Spleen (Paul Reubens), the mostly visible Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell) and the enigmatic Sphinx (Wes Studi).
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