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    WGA revealed the results of its selections best screenplays of the 21st Century. Here are the results

    1. Get Out (2017)
    Written by Jordan Peele
    Universal

    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    Written by Charlie Kaufman, Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
    Focus Features

    3. The Social Network (2010)
    Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, Based Upon the Book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
    Columbia/Sony

    4. Parasite (2019)
    Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho
    Neon

    5. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    Written for the Screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy
    Miramax/Paramount Vantage

    6. Moonlight (2016)
    Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
    A24

    7. There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, Based on the Novel Oil! by Upton SinclairParamount Vantage

    8. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    Written by Quentin Tarantino
    Weinstein/Universal

    9. Almost Famous (2000)
    Written by Cameron Crowe
    DreamWorks

    10. Memento (2000)
    Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Based on the Short Story by Jonathan Nolan
    Newmarket

    11. Adaptation. (2002)
    Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, Based on the Book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
    Columbia / Sony

    12. Bridesmaids (2011)
    Written by Annie Mumulo & Kristen Wiig
    Universal

    13. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Based on the Short Story by Annie Proulx
    Focus Features

    14. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
    Touchstone

    15. Sideways (2004)
    Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Based on the Novel by Rex Pickett
    Fox Searchlight

    16. Lady Bird (2017)
    Written by Greta Gerwig
    A24

    17. Her (2013)
    Written by Spike Jonze
    Warner Bros.

    18. Children of Men (2006)
    Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk
    Ostby, Based on the Novel The Children of Men by P.D. James
    Universal

    19. Lost in Translation (2003)
    Written by Sofia Coppola
    Focus Features

    20. Michael Clayton (2007)
    Written by Tony Gilroy
    Warner Bros.

    21. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    Written by Michael Arndt
    Fox Searchlight

    22. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
    Written by Quentin Tarantino
    Columbia/Sony

    23. Promising Young Woman (2020)
    Written by Emerald Fennell
    Focus Features

    24. Juno (2007)
    Written by Diablo Cody
    Fox Searchlight

    25. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
    Fox Searchlight

    26. The Dark Knight (2008)
    Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, Story by Christopher Nolan & David S.
    Goyer, Based Upon Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comic, BatmanCreated by Bob Kane
    Warner Bros.

    27. Arrival (2016)
    Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” Written by Ted Chiang
    Paramount

    28. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
    Screenplay by Taika Waititi, Based on the Book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
    Fox Searchlight

    29. Inside Out (2015)
    Screenplay by Meg LeFauve, Original Story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
    Disney/Pixar

    30. The Departed (2006)
    Screenplay by William Monahan, Based on the Motion Picture Infernal Affairs, Written Alex Mak
    and Felix Chong
    Warner Bros.

    31. Spotlight (2015)
    Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
    Open Road

    32. Whiplash (2014)
    Written by Damien Chazelle
    Sony Pictures Classics

    33. Up (2009)
    Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
    Disney-Pixar

    34. Mean Girls (2004)
    Screenplay by Tina Fey, Based on the Book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman
    Paramount

    35. WALL-E (2008)
    Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original Story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
    Disney-Pixar

    36. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
    Written by Guillermo del Toro
    Warner Bros.

    37. Inception (2010)
    Written by Christopher Nolan
    Warner Bros.

    38. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup
    Fox Searchlight

    39. Before Sunset (2004)
    Screenplay by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, Story by Richard Linklater & Kim
    Krizan, Based on Characters Created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
    Warner Bros.

    40. In Bruges (2008)
    Written by Martin McDonagh
    Focus Features

    41. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    Written by David Lynch
    Universal

    42. A Serious Man (2009)
    Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    Focus Features

    43. Amélie (2001)
    Screenplay by Guillame Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    Miramax

    44. Toy Story 3 (2010)
    Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
    Disney-Pixar

    45. The Favourite (2018)
    Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
    Fox Searchlight

    46. Zodiac (2007)
    Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith
    Paramount

    47. Gladiator (2000)
    Screenplay by David Franzoni and John Logan and William Nicholson, Story by David Franzoni
    DreamWorks/Universal

    48. The Incredibles (2004)
    Written by Brad Bird
    Disney-Pixar

    49. Knives Out (2019)
    Written by Rian Johnson
    Lionsgate

    50. Ex Machina (2015)
    Written by Alex Garland
    Universal / A24

    51. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
    Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu Nicolás Giacobone Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bó
    Fox Searchlight

    52. The Lives of Others (2006)
    Written by Florian Henckel von Donnerschmarck
    Sony Pictures Classics

    53. Nightcrawler (2014)
    Written by Dan Gilroy
    Open Road

    54. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    Screenplay by John Ridley, Based on Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
    20th Century Fox

    55. The Big Short (2015)
    Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, Based on the Book by Michael Lewis
    Paramount

    56. Moneyball (2011)
    Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin, Based on the Book by
    Michael Lewis
    Columbia/Sony

    57. Black Panther (2018)
    Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and
    Jack Kirby
    Disney

    58. You Can Count on Me (2000)
    Written by Kenneth Lonergan
    Paramount

    59. Boyhood (2014)
    Written by Richard Linklater
    IFC

    60. Finding Nemo (2003)
    Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds, Original Story by Andrew
    Stanton
    Disney-Pixar

    61. The Hurt Locker (2009)
    Written by Mark Boal
    Summit

    62. Roma (2018)
    Written by Alfonso Cuarón
    Netflix

    63. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Screenplay by Terence Winter, Based on the Book by Jordan Belfort
    Paramount

    64. Hell or High Water (2016)
    Written by Taylor Sheridan
    Lionsgate

    65. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
    Written by Kenneth Lonergan
    Amazon

    66. A Separation (2011)
    Written by Asghar Farhadi
    Sony Pictures Classics

    67. Spirited Away (2001)
    Written by Hayao Miyazaki
    Disney

    68. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
    Warner Bros.

    69. Booksmart (2019)
    Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman
    United Artists

    70. City of God (2002)
    Screenplay by Bráulio Montovani, Based on the Novel by Paulo Lins
    Miramax

    71. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
    Screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Story by Phil Lord, Based on the Marvel Comics
    Columbia/Sony

    72. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    CBS Films

    73. The King’s Speech (2010)
    Screenplay by David Seidler
    Weinstein

    74. Django Unchained (2012)
    Written by Quentin Tarantino
    Weinstein

    75. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
    Screenplay by Ted Griffin, Based on a Screenplay by Harry Brown and Charles Lederer and a
    Story by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell
    Warner Bros.

    76. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    Screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, Based on the Book The
    Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
    New Line

    77. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
    Universal

    78. Erin Brockovich (2000)
    Written by Susannah Grant
    Universal

    79. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
    Screenplay by James Ivory, Based on the Novel by André Aciman
    Sony Pictures Classics

    80. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
    Written by Martin McDonagh
    Fox Searchlight

    81. The Lobster (2015)
    Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
    A24

    82. The Prestige (2006)
    Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, Based on the Novel by Christopher
    Priest
    Touchstone/Warner Bros.

    83. Midnight in Paris (2011)
    Written by Woody Allen
    Sony Pictures Classics

    84. The Master (2012)
    Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
    Weinstein

    85. Argo (2012)
    Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J.
    Mendez and the Wired Magazine Article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman
    Warner Bros.

    86. Y tu mamá también (2001)
    Written by Carlos Cuarón & Alfonso Cuarón
    IFC

    87. Phantom Thread (2017)
    Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
    Focus Features

    88. Superbad (2007)
    Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
    Columbia/Sony

    89. Little Women (2019)
    Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott
    Columbia/Sony

    90. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
    Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the
    Book by Ron Stallworth
    Focus Features

    91. The Farewell (2019)
    Written by Lulu Wang
    A24

    92. La La Land (2016)
    Written by Damien Chazelle
    Lionsgate

    93. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
    Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Story by
    Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips, Based on a Character
    Created by Sacha Baron Cohen
    20th Century Fox

    94. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
    Written by Judd Apatow & Steve Carell
    Universal

    95. Ratatouille (2007)
    Screenwriter: Brad Bird, Original Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird, Additional
    Story Material by Emily Cook & Kathy Greenberg, Bob Peterson
    Disney-Pixar

    96. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
    Written by Nancy Oliver
    MGM

    97. Nomadland (2020)
    Written for the Screen by Chloe Zhao, Based on the Book by Jessica Bruder
    Searchlight

    98. Winter’s Bone (2010)
    Screenplay by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, Based on the Novel by Daniel Woodrell
    Roadside Attractions

    99. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based Upon the Odyssey by Homer
    Touchstone / Universal

    100. Legally Blonde (2001)
    Screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith, Based on the Book by Amanda Brown
    MGM

    101. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    Screenplay by David O. Russell, Based on the Novel by Matthew Quick
    Weinstein

     

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    What a shit list. No wonder the state of screenplays is horrid these days.

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    I like Get Out as much as the next person but the best screenplay of the century? I don’t think so.

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    Michael Clayton and Jojo Rabbit ahead of The Favourite?

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight" and "The Other Two" in all categories.

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    Michael Clayton and Jojo Rabbit ahead of The Favourite?

    The Favorite is definitely too low here. I will never recover from it’s Oscar loss…

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    1) Get Out is too high,
    2) There Will Be Blood should be #1.
    3) Bridesmaids being the highest comedy there?
    4) Legally Blonde, The Dark Knight don’t belong there.
    5) Fellowship is too low.

    I can go on.

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    Legally Blonde is there? Inspired pick

    Otherwise follows Oscars taste to a T

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    Get Out is worthy of being number one, haters stay mad

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    Relax. Get Out is a great movie and more than deserves its place on the list (Top 15-20, easily). But #1?

    And besides, I’m sure people would have said the same thing for any movie that received the top spot.

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    I don’t know if Get Out is Top 20, even… It kind of reads like tokenism, tbh, which is never good. It’s a great film, but it’s like saying Knives Out is No. 1.

    Zodiac should be in the Top 10.

    A very annoying young man, who loves cinema. 🙂

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    Overall I will say this is a very good list.

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    This is the most consensual and American list ever.

    I liked Get Out but come on, the script is full of inconsistencies. It has nothing to do at 1st place.

    8 foreign films. 8. I just can’t.

    FYC

    Best Picture : The Worst Person in the World, Benedetta, Dune

    Best Director : Denis Villeneuve

    Best Actress : Renate Reinsve, Agathe Rousselle, Penélope Cruz

    Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Rampling, Jessie Buckley

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    The Favourite at 45th?really?

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    I have to chime in to continue to state the obvious: THE FAVOURITE is far too low and that GET OUT has no business being number 1 even though I do really like the film.

    Although ETERNAL SUNSHINE being #2 is excellent in my book.

    I do feel like the rankings of many of these are just too laughable.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

    FYC in all eligible categories:

    C'mon C'mon
    Drive My Car
    The Worst Person in the World
    Titane
    Passing

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    Leo has FIVE movies in this list. The runaway star of this century. Among actresses, Stone and Adams have three movies each.

    Also, I cannot bear the Carol omission. I mean The Favourite is at least on the list (it should be top 10 though) but the lack of Carol is annoying me.

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