"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]


Affliction - by Paul Schrader
African Queen, The (1951) - by James Agee, John Huston and Peter Viertel
Alien - by Dan O'Bannon
Aliens - by James Cameron
All About Eve - by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
All The King's Men (1949) - by Robert Rossen
All The President's Men - by William Goldman
Amadeus - by Peter Shaffer
American Beauty - by Alan Ball
American Graffiti - by George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Williard Huyck
American Pie - by Adam Herz
American Splendor - by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
American Werewolf In London, An - by John Landis
American Werewolf In Paris, An - by Tim Burns, Tom Stern and Anthony Waller
Annie Hall - by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Antitrust - by Howard Franklin
Apocalypse Now - Redux - by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Herr
As Good As It Gets - by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks
Assignment, The - by Dan Gordon and Sabi H. Shabtai
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery - by Mike Myers
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers
Autumn In New York - by Allison Burnett

Bachelor Party - by Neal Israel and Pat Proft
Backdraft (1991) - by Gregory Widen
Bad Day At Black Rock - by Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman
Bad Lieutenant - by Abel Ferrara amd Zoë Lund
Bad Santa - by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Terry Zwigoff
Badlands - by Terrence Malick
Barton Fink - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Basic - by James Vanderbilt
Batman - by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren
Batman Begins - by Christoper Nolan and David S. Goyer
Battle Of Shaker Heights, The - by Erica Beeney
Being John Malkovich - Charlie Kaufman
Being There - by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones
Big Fish - by John August
Big Lebowski, The - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Birds, The - by Evan Hunter
Birthday Girl - by Tom Butterworth and Jezz Butterworth
Black Snake Moan - by Craig Brewer
Blood Simple - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Blue Velvet - by David Lynch
Bodies, Rest & Motion - by Roger Hedden
Boondock Saints, The - by Troy Duffy
Bottle Rocket - by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson
Bourne Identity, The - by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron
Bourne Supremacy, The - by Tony Gilroy and Brian Helgeland (uncredited)
Boy Who Never Slept - by Solomon Rothman
Braveheart - by Randall Wallace
Bringing Out The Dead - by Paul Schrader
Bruce Almighty - by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk
Bull Durham - by Ron Shelton
Butterfly Effect, The - by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress


Capote - by Dan Futterman
Casablanca - by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
Casino - by Nicholas Pileggi
Charade - by Peter Stone
Chasing Amy - Kevin Smith
Chinatown - by Robert Towne
Cider House Rules, The - by John Irving
Cincinnati Kid, The - by Ring Lardner Jr. and Terry Southern
Citizen Kane - by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Wells
Clerks - by Kevin Smith
Code Of Silence - by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack, Mike Gray and John Mason (uncredited)
Cold Mountain - by Anthony Minghella
Confidence - by David Jung
Cooler, The - by Frank Hannah and Wayne Kramer
Crash (1996) - by David Cronenberg
Croupier - by Paul Mayersberg
Crying Game, The - by Neil Jordan

Dances With Wolves - by Michael Blake
Dark Star - by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon
Day The Clown Cried, The - by Charles Denton and Jerry Lewis
Day The Earth Stood Still, The - by Edmund H. North
Dead Poets Society - by Tom Schulman
Deep Cover - Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean
Detroit Rock City - by Carl V. Dupré
Dog Day Afternoon - by Frank Pierson
Donnie Brasco - by Paul Attanasio
Donnie Darko - by Richard Kelly
Doors, The - by Randall Jahnson and Oliver Stone
Double Indemnity - by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler
Dragonslayer - by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins
Drop Dead Gorgeous - by Lona Williams
Duck Soup - by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Dumb And Dumber - by Peter Farrelly, Bennett Yellin and Bobby Farrelly

El Mariachi - by Robert Rodriguez
Elephant Man, The - by Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren and David Lynch
Erik The Viking - by Terry Jones
Erin Brockovich - by Susannah Grant
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - by Charlie Kaufman
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues - by Gus Van Sant
Event Horizon - by Philip Eisner
Excalibur - by Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman

Fantastic Four - by Mark Frost and Michael France
Fargo - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Fast Times At Ridgemont High - by Cameron Crowe
Fatal Instinct - by David O'Malley
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - by Terry Gilliam, Tory Grisoni, Tod Davies and Alex Cox
Feast - Early Draft - by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston
Feast - Revised Draft - by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston
Few Good Men, A - by Aaron Sorkin
Five Easy Pieces - by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson
Fletch - by Andrew Bergman
Forrest Gump - by Eric Roth
Four Rooms - by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
Frances - by Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore and Nicholas Kazan
Frankenstein (1994) - by Steph Lady and Frank Darabont
Friday The 13th - by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz (uncredited)
From Dusk Till Dawn - by Quentin Tarantino


Gandhi - by John Briley
Gang Related - by Jim Kouf
Get Shorty - Scott Frank
Ghost (1990) - by Bruce Joel Rubin
Ghost And The Darkness, The - by William Goldman
Ghost Ship - by Mark Hanlon and John Pogue
Ghost World - by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
Godfather, The - by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola
Gods And Monsters - by Bill Condon
Good Will Hunting - by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Graduate, The - by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Grand Hotel - by Béla Balázs
Grapes Of Wrath, The - by Nunnally Johnson
Great Train Robbery, The (1903) - by Edwin S. Porter
Grosse Point Blank - by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink and John Cusack


Halloween - by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Hannah And Her Sisters - by Woody Allen
Hannibal - by David Mamet
Hannibal - by Steven Zaillian
Hardcore - by Paul Schrader
Hard Day's Night, A - by Alun Owen
Hard Rain - by Graham Yost
Hellboy - by Guillermo del Toro
Hellraiser - by Clive Barker
Hellbound: Hellraiser II - by Peter Atkins
High Fidelity - by D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack and Scott Rosenberg
His Girl Friday - by Charles Lederer
Hope And Glory - by John Boorman
Horse Whisperer, The - by Eric Roth and Richard LaGravenese
Hospital, The - by Paddy Chayefsky
House Of 1000 Corpses - by Rob Zombie
Hudsucker Proxy, The - by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Sam Raimi
Human Nature - by Charlie Kaufman
Hustler, The - by Sidney Carroll and Robert Rossen


I Am Sam - by Kristine Johnson and Jessie Nelson
I'll Do Anything (1994) - by James L. Brooks
Independence Day - by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade - by Jeffery Boam
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom - by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Insider, The - by Eric Roth and Michael Mann
Intolerable Cruelty - by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
It Happened One Night - by Robert Riskin
Italian Job, The - by Donna Powers and Wayne Powers
It's A Wonderful Life - by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling


Jackie Brown - by Quentin Tarantino
Jackie Robinson Story, The - by Arthur Mann and Lawrence Taylor
Jacob's Ladder - by Bruce Joel Rubin
Jason X - by Todd Farmer
Jaws - by Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley
Jaws 2 - by Carl Gottlieb and Howard Sackler
JFK - by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar
Juno - by Diablo Cody


Kalifornia - by Tim Metcalfe
Kate & Leopold - by James Mangold and Steven Rogers
Kids - by Harmony Korine
Kramer vs. Kramer - by Robert Benton
Kundun - by Melissa Mathison

L.A. Confidential - by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson
Ladykillers, The (2004) - by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Last Temptation Of Christ, The - by Paul Schrader
Leaving Las Vegas - by Mike Figgis
Legally Blonde - by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Life - by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone
Life Of David Gale, The - by Charles Randolph
Light Sleeper - by Paul Schrader
Little Miss Sunshine - by Michael Arndt
Little Nicky - by Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler and Steven Brill
Living In Oblivion - by Tom DiCillo
Logan's Run - by David Zelag Goodman
Lone Star - by John Sayles
Long Kiss Goodnight, The - by Shane Black
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King - by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
Lost Highway - by David Lynch and Barry Gifford
Lost Horizon - by Robert Riskin and Sidney Buchman
Lost Weekend, The - by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett

Made - by Jon Favreau
Made For Each Other (1939) - by Jo Swerling, Rose Franken and Frank Ryan
Majestic, The - by Michael Sloane
Major League - by David S. Ward
Malcolm X - by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee and James Baldwin (uncredited)
Manhunter - by Michael Mann
Man On Fire - by Brian Helgeland
Man Who Wasn't There, The - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Marty - by Paddy Chayefsky
M*A*S*H - by Ring Lardner, Jr.
Mean Streets - by Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin
Men In Black - by Ed Solomon
Metro - by Randy Feldman
Miami Vice (2006) - by Michael Mann
Midnight Cowboy - by Waldo Salt
Midnight Run - by George Gallo
Miller's Crossing - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Minority Report - by Scott Frank and Jon Cohen
Misery - by William Goldman
Mission To Mars - Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas and Graham Yost
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - By Melvin Frank & Norman Panama
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - by Sidney Buchman
Mobsters - by Michael Mahern and Nicholas Kazan
Moonstruck - John Patrick Shanley
Mumford - by Lawrence Kasdan
Mummy, The (1999) - by Stepehn Sommers
Music Of The Heart - by Pamela Gray
Mystery Men - by Neil Cuthbert

Naked City, The - by Albert Maltz and Malvin Wald
Night Of The Hunter, The - by James Agee, Davis Grubb and Charles Laughton
Nightmare On Elm Street, A - by Wes Craven
Ninotchka - by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder & Walter Reisch
No Country For Old Men (Early) - by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
No Country For Old Men (Shooting) - by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Nurse Betty - by John C. Richards and James Flamberg

Officer And A Gentleman, An - by Douglas Day Stewart
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
Out Of Sight - by Scott Frank

Panther - by Melvin Van Peebles
Peeping Tom - by Leo Marks
Phone Booth - by Larry Cohen
Pianist, The - by Ronald Harwood
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl - by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Platoon - by Oliver Stone
Portrait Of Jennie (1948) - by Paul Osborn, Peter Berneis, Ben Hecht and David O. Selznick
Princess Bride, The - by William Goldman
Producers, The - by Mel Brooks
Program, The (1993) - by David S. Ward and Aaron Latham
Prophecy, The - by Gregory Widen
Psycho - by Joseph Stefano
Public Eye, The - by Howard Franklin
Pulp Fiction - by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

Quills - by Doug Wright

Rabid (1977) - by David Cronenberg
Raging Bull - by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - by Lawrence Kasdan
Raising Arizona - by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Rear Window - by John Michael Hayes
Reindeer Games - by Ehren Kruger
Reservoir Dogs - by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
Ride The High Country - by N.B. Stone Jr, Robert Creighton Williams and Sam Peckinpah
Rocky - by Sylvester Stallone
Roughshod - by Hugo Butler and Daniel Mainwaring


Saving Private Ryan - by Robert Rodat
Scary Movie 2 - by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Anthony Snowden and Craig Wayans
Schindler's List - by Steven Zaillian
Scream - by Kevin Williamson
Searchers, The - by Frank Nugent
Sense & Sensibility - by Emma Thompson
Serial Mom - by John Waters
Se7en - by Andrew Kevin Walker
Seventh Seal, The - by Ingmar Bergman
Sex, Lies, And Videotape - by Steven Soderbergh
Shakespeare In Love - by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shivers - by David Cronenberg
Sideways - by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Siege, The - Lawrence Wright, Menno Meyjes and Edward Zwick
Signs - by M. Night Shyamalan
Silence Of The Lambs, The - by Ted Tally
Silverado - by Lawrence Kasdan and Mark Kasdan
Sixth Sense, The - by M. Night Shyamalan
Slash - by Stephen Ronald Francis and Gus Silber
Sling Blade - by Billy Bob Thornton
Slumdog Millionaire - by Simon Beaufoy (novel by Vikas Swarup)
Smokey And The Bandit - by James Lee Barrett, Chaler Shyer and Alan Mandel
Smokin' Aces - by Joe Carnahan
So I Married An Axe Murderer - by Robbie Fox
Solaris - by Steven Soderbergh
Some Like It Hot - by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Stagecoach (1939) - by Dudley Nichols and Ben Hecht
Stalag 17 - by Billy Wilder and Edwin Blum
Star Wars (Treatment) - by George Lucas
Star Wars (1st Draft) - by George Lucas
Star Wars (2nd Draft) - by George Lucas
Star Wars (3rd Draft) - by George Lucas
Star Wars (4th Draft) - by George Lucas
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi - by George Lucas
Starman - by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon with Dean Riesner (uncredited)
State And Main - by David Mamet
Station West - Frank Fenton and Winston Miller
Sting, The - by David S. Ward
Stolen Summer - by Pete Jones
Swingers - by Jon Favreau


Talented Mr. Ripley, The - by Anthony Minghella
Tall In The Saddle - by Michael Hogan and Paul Fix
Taxi Driver - by Paul Schrader
Terminator, The - by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Terminator 2 - Judgement Day - by James Cameron and William Wisher
Thelma & Louise - by Callie Khouri
There's Something About Mary - Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly
Thing, The - by Bill Lancaster
Thing From Another World, The - Charles Lederer
Thirteen Days - by David Self
Thunderheart - by John Fusco
Titanic - by James Cameron
Traffic - by Stephen Gaghan
True Believer - by Wesley Strick
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - by David Lynch and Robert Engels


Unbreakable - by M. Night Shyamalan
Under Fire (1983) - by Clayton Frohman and Ron Shelton
Unforgiven - by David Webb Peoples
Usual Suspects, The - by Christopher McQuarrie

Verdict, The - by David Mamet
Vertigo - by Samuel A. Taylor and Alec Coppel
Very Bad Things - by Peter Berg
Village, The - by M. Night Shyamalan

Watchmen - by David Hayter and Alex Tse
What About Bob? - by Tom Schulman
What Lies Beneath - by Clark Gregg
When A Stranger Calls - by Steve Feke and Fred Walton
White Christmas - by Norma Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Wild At Heart - by David Lynch
Wild One, The - by John Paxton and Ben Maddow (uncredited)
Wild Things - by Stephen Peters
Witness - by Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley and Pamela Wallace
Wonder Boys - by Steven Kloves
Woodsman, The - Nicole Kassell and Steven Fechter

X-Files, The - by Chris Carter
xXx - by Rich Wilkes

You Can Count On Me - by Kenneth Lonergan
Young Frankenstein - by Gene Wilder

Zulu Dawn - by Cy Endfield and Anthony Story

10 Things I Hate About You - by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
1492: Conquest Of Paradise - by Roselyne Bosch
15 Minutes - by John Herzfeld
40-Year-Old Virgin, The - by Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
48 Hrs. - by Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross and Steven E. De Souza
84 Charlie MoPic - by Patrick Seane Duncan

Blue Hotel - by James Agee
Carnivore - by Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski
Doors Of Perception, The - by Paul Schrader
Eight Scenes From The Life Of Hank Williams - by Paul Schrader
Investigation - by Paul Schrader
Looking For The Man - by Doran William Cannon
Napoleon - by Stanley Kubrick
One Saliva Bubble - by David Lynch and Mark Frost
Spider-Man - by Ted Newsom and John Brancato
Stone My Heart - by Michael Roemer
Suspect Zero - by Paul Schrader

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