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Top 10 Best Screenwriters Of All Time

A movie can only be great with a good script backed by a talented screenwriter. Here are 10 of the best screenwriters of all time in no particular order.

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Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Samuel "Billy" Wilder was an Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist whose career spanned more than five decades. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.

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Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart Kaufman is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Heywood Allen is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces.

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Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), and Fanny and Alexander (1982).

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking.

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history.
Movies: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Spacetime Odyssey,etc

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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American director, writer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture, soundtracks primarily containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, and features of neo-noir film. He is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation.

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone is an American writer and filmmaker. Stone won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Midnight Express. He also wrote the acclaimed gangster movie Scarface.

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Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and film historian, whose career spans more than 50 years.

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, music composer and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.