TOP 10 THRILLER SCREENPLAYS

Silence of the Lambs Screenplay

1. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Screenplay by Ted Tally
Directed by Jonathan Demme

Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, the script by Ted Tally won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1991. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is a chilling psychological thriller that features one of the darkest character studies in the genre.

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Momento Movie Screenplay

2. MOMENTO
Screenplay by Christopher Nolan
Directed by Christopher Nolan

A psychological thriller told in reverse, MOMENTO is perhaps one of the most structurally complex screenplays in the thriller genre. Based on a short story by his brother, Christopher Nolan's script was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

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No Country for Old Men Screenplay

3. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, the script for NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is distinctly literary with dark themes concerning nihilism, justice, and fate. The script won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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4. NORTH BY NORTHWEST     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Ernest Lehman

5. BLUE VELVET     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by David Lynch

6. PSYCHO     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Joseph Stefano

7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian

8. THE GAME     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by John Brancato, Michael Ferris

6. THE SIXTH SENSE     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan

10. AMERICAN PSYCHO     Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner