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Screenplay Library

One of the most effective ways to learn how to write is to read.  Read great scripts.  Watch the film and study how the prose 

translated onto the screen.  As a writing exercise, I encourage my students to type out their favorite scenes from their favorite movies to "feel" how the composing proceeds.


Here are links to award winning screenplays that have been made available by the film's studios and production companies.  They are listed here as a resource material for you.


Moonlight   by Barry Jenkins

Loving  by Jeff Nichols


Fences  by August Wilson


Arrival   by Eric Heisserer


20th Century Women by Mike Mills

Captain Fantastic   by Matt Ross

Manchester By The Sea   by Kenneth Lonergan

Maggie's Plan  by Rebecca Miller

The Girl On The Train by Erin Cressida Wilson


Bridge of Spies by Joel and Ethan Coen


The Big Short by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay


Inside Out by Pete Doctor, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Coley


Carol by Phyllis Nagy


Room by Emma Donoghue


Infinitely Polar Bear by Maya Forbes


American Sniper by Jason Hall


Still Alice by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland


Boyhood by Richard Linklater


12 Years A Slave by John Ridley


American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell


Enough Said by Nicole Holofcener


The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten


The Fault In Our Stars by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber


Bridesmaids by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig


The Way Way Back by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash


Whiplash by Damien Chazelle


Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack


The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter


Argo by Chris Terrio


The King's Speech by David Seidler


The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin


The Imitation Game by Graham Moore


Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., & Aemando Bo


Rachel Getting Married by Jenny Lumet


Nebraska by Robert W. Nelson


Brokeback Mountain by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana


Wild by Nick Hornsby


Trumbo by John McNamara


Danny Collins  by Dan Fogelman  


Big Eyes by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski


Trainwreck by Amy Schumer


While We're Young by Noah Baumbach


Ex Machina by Alex Garland


The End of The Tour by Donald Margulies


The Place Beyond The Pines by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, & Darius Marder


Wadja by Haifaa Al Mansour


Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy


Television Scripts

A great television show begins with an outstanding pilot script.  Here is a collection of pilot scripts from recent notable and award winning television series.  They are listed here as a resource and educational tool for you.



Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan


Mad Men by Matthew Weiner


The Sopranos by David Chase


The Affair by Sarah Treem


Game of Thrones  by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss


Glee by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan


Modern Family by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd


New Girl by Elizabeth Meriwether


Jane The Virgin  by Jennie Snyder Urman




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