TOP 10 DRAMA SCREENPLAYS

Citizen Kane Film Script

1. CITIZEN KANE
Screenplay by Orson Welles, Herman J. Mankiewicz
Directed by Orson Welles

Often considered the most influential film ever made. The screenplay for CITIZEN KANE often rises to the level of poetry. Absolutely epic and practically flawless.

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Apocalypse Now Film Screenplay

2. APOCALYPSE NOW
Screenplay by Francis Coppola, John Milius
Directed by Francis Coppola

This film may represent the best way to adapt a work of classic literature. It's not "Heart of Darkness," but it's no less rich, sinister, and majestic: page after page. Read for the timeless dialogue and the succinct action descriptions that aren't afraid to occasionally embellish.

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Taxi Driver Screenplay

3. TAXI DRIVER
Screenplay by Paul Schrader
Directed by Martin Scorsese

The classic psychological drama that delves deep into themes of hopelessness, loneliness, and rage. Travis Bickle's character is just as powerful and neurotic on the page as it is on the screen. Easily Paul Schrader's best and most memorable work.

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4. CHINATOWN     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Robert Towne

5. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF A SPOTLESS MIND     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

6. CRASH     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco

7. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the novel by Stephen King

8. FORREST GUMP     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Eric Roth

9. 12 YEARS A SLAVE    Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by John Ridley

10. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby, Jr.

11. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson