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Annie Hall is the funniest. So believes the voting members of the Writers Guild of America.
In a bi-coastal ceremony hosted by Rob Reiner at The Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles and by my dear friend Wayne Federman at The New School Auditorium in Greenwich Village, the results of the voting were announced.
Here are the top 10:
1. Annie Hall (1977)
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond, Based on the German film Fanfare of Love by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, Story by Danny Rubin
4. Airplane! (1980)
Written by James Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker
5. Tootsie (1982)
Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Screen Story by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Based on Characters in the Novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger, Story by Andrew Bergman
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Written by Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney & Chris Miller
For the complete list of the 100 screenplays, please visit the WGA's site:
Lists are silly and fun and of course subjective. What is a "top 10" today will be totally different tomorrow. But they are great discussion starters.
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