Screenwriting : Who are your top (10) favorite screenwriters of all time? by Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Who are your top (10) favorite screenwriters of all time?

I am a screenwriter just like to know what you other "Happy Writers" think.

Jody Ellis

Some of my faves- Wes Anderson Owen Wilson Cameron Crowe Coen brothers Stanley Kubrick

Vladislav Nikitin

Charlie Kaufman, William Goldman, Billy Wilder, Coen Brothers, Seth Rogen, Richard Linklater, P.T. Anderson

Dan MaxXx

shane black d goyer d benioff t winters chris morgan s zallian richard price terrry rossio/ ted elliot budd shulberg ( i touched his Oscar)

Dan MaxXx

Yup Terrencdee Winter and every Writer from The Wire Show.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great lists. :) I love the Coen brothers, Noah Hawley, Michael Arndt, Billy Wilder and Terrence Winter too, just to name some... But I love these awesome, incredible, inspiring ladies as well: Lorene Scafaria Tina Fey —— love TINA! Katie Dippold Annie Mumolo Gina Prince-Bythewood Leslie Dixon Lucy Alibar Karen Croner Robin Swicord Mindy Kaling Lena Dunham Kourtney Kang Dana Fox Kelly Marcel Julia Hart Kirsten Smith Karen McCullah Dee Rees Elizabeth Meriwether Laeta Kalogridis Vanessa Taylor Nancy Meyers Lisa Cholodenko Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern Michelle Morgan Melissa Stack Diablo Cody Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan Liz W. Garcia Stacie Passon

Dan MaxXx

Beth you left out the 2female blockbuster screenwriters in Hollywood history, the Wachowski sisters. shame on U :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Dang! I did. Great catch, Dan M. Although, some of their films are not really favs of mine... but c'mon, I listed 30 women!

Desiree Argentina

Brit Marling, Mike Cahill, and Zal Batmanglij are geniuses in my book!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Thank you everyone for sharing. Great lists so far. As "Happy Writers" We have set high goals for our writing. On ward and upward. And Beth great list of female writers . My favorite in there is Nancy Meyers.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Just so you "Happy Writers" know. Here is my list Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Billy Wilder, Neil Simon, IAL Diamond, Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarrantino, Aaron Sorkin, William Goldman, Stanley Kybrick.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Here are some top writers for me in no particular order. 1. William Goldman 2. Robert Bolt 3. Francis Ford Coppola 4. Robert Towne 5. George Axelrod 6. Walter Hill 7. John Milius 8. Harry Julian Fink 9. Harriet Frank Junior and Irving Ravetch 10. Bud Shulberg 11. Horton Foote 12. Kevin Jarre Television guys: Vince Gilligan, Matthew Weiner and Noah Hawley

Mark William Chambers

Alexander Payne, Eric Roth and Richard Linklater.

Anna Stinnett

I love Joss Whedon, Eli Roth, Shane Black, Tarantino, Lynch, and Guillermo del Toro

Ben Trebilcook

Hi Steven, nice straight-forward post. For me, it was simply the films I loved and grew up watching and then discovering who wrote the films, THAT was when I was inspired to write. I've written similar in other lounge posts, so won't repeat myself with various stories. Instead, I'll keep it brief. They're not in any particular order, either. It's hard to put just ten, but here's a mixed bunch. 1. Ben Hecht - the list is endless, but there's China Girl, Notorious, Kiss of Death and countless uncredited work. 2. Shane Black - Long Kiss Goodnight, Last Boy Scout, Lethal Weapon, LA PI (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) 3. Sylvester Stallone - yes, that one. 4. Dorothy B. Hughes - The Killers, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, High Sierra, Key Largo 5. John Woo - The Killer, Bullet in the Head, A Better Tomorrow, Hard Boiled, 5. Steven E. de Souza - the man who certainly made the biggest impact on my career. From Knight Rider on TV to Commando to of course 'Die Hard'. The one who truly inspired me. 6. John Fusco - another great for me. Young Guns 1 & 2, Cross Roads, Crouching Tiger 2, Hildago. A wonderful encouraging, spiritual man, too. 7. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale - Back to the Future series and a lesser-known, underrated film called 'Trespass'' 8. Joe Carnahan - Narc, Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, The Grey... his Death Wish script is amazing. 9. John Milius - Dirty Harry, Big Wednesday, Apocalypse Now, Conan The Barbarian 10. Ed Neumeire - RoboCop, StarShip Troopers. I could go on, but the list is 10, right? Day 23 of the 'RB Content Challenge' Thanks for reading. Ben - @BenTrebilcook - Twitter

Aray Brown

Jerry Zucker, Tarantino, Amy Shumer, Coen Brothers, Tina Fey, King (he's an author but he also wrote some of his adaptions), Hitchcock

David Anthony

Aaron Sorkin, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Larry Gelbart

Baljinder Singh Gill

David S Goyer but don't mention Batman v Superman

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