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Every year the Academy evaluates a year's worth of brilliant original screenplays and picks what they believe to be the best of the best, nominating these for the most prestigious writing awards in cinema: the Oscars. This in itself is an honor - just to be nominated for an Academy Award. But only one person can win each year, and the men and women listed here are all Academy Award winners for Best Adapted Screenplay - but which Best Adapted Screenplay winners are the best?

Of the screenwriters who have won in this category, who is the greatest?  Is it a classic writer like Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather I, II, and III)? Maybe a more contemporary writer like William Monahan (The Departed) or Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)? Maybe it's writer who penned a contemporary classic like Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List). What about the other top Hollywood writers who can count themselves among the ranks of Oscar-winning screenplay writers?

With so many options choosing the best is hard, but that's where you come in. Vote up the very best writers of all the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award winners below!
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Eric Roth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Eric Roth age 72 - Forrest Gump, 1995

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Steven Zaillian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Steven Zaillian age 64 - Schindler's List, 1994

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Horton Foote is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Horton Foote Died at 93 (1916-2009) - To Kill a Mockingbird, 1963

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Bo Goldman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben age 84 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1976

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo age 78 - The Godfather, 1972; The Godfather Part II, 1975

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Ted Tally is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ted Tally age 65 - The Silence of the Lambs, 1992

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Emma Thompson age 57 - Sense and Sensibility, 1996

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William Goldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Goldman age 85 - All the President's Men, 1977

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Peter Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Peter Shaffer age 90 - Amadeus, 1985

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Aaron Sorkin age 55 - The Social Network, 2011

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William Monahan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Monahan age 56 - The Departed, 2007

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James L. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
James L. Brooks age 76 - Terms of Endearment, 1984

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Brian Helgeland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson age 56 - L.A. Confidential, 1998

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John Ridley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Ridley age 51 - 12 Years a Slave, 2014

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Billy Bob Thornton age 61 - Sling Blade, 1997

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Ring Lardner Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ring Lardner Jr. MASH, 1971

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Pierre Boulle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Pierre Boulle Died at 82 (1912-1994) - The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958

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Stephen Gaghan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Stephen Gaghan age 51 - Traffic, 2001

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Larry McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana age 80 - Brokeback Mountain, 2006

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Chris Terrio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Chris Terrio age 40 - Argo, 2013

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Waldo Salt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Waldo Salt Died at 73 (1914-1987) - Midnight Cowboy, 1970

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Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen age 62 - No Country for Old Men, 2008

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Oliver Stone age 69 - Midnight Express, 1979

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Sidney Howard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Sidney Howard Died at 48 (1891-1939) - Gone with the Wind, 1940

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Alfred Uhry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Alfred Uhry age 80 - Driving Miss Daisy, 1990

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Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Alexander Payne age 56 - Sideways, 2005;  The Descendants, 2012

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Ernest Thompson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ernest Thompson age 67 - On Golden Pond, 1982

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George Seaton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
George Seaton Died at 68 (1911-1979) - Miracle on 34th Street, 1948;  The Country Girl, 1955

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Died at 86 (1927-2013) - A Room with a View, 1987;  Howards End, 1993

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Edward Anhalt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Edward Anhalt Died at 86 (1914-2000) - Becket, 1965

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Philip G. Epstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, & Howard Koch Died at 43 (1909-1952) - Casablanca, 1944

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Victor Heerman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Victor Heerman & Sarah Y. Mason Died at 84 (1893-1977) - Little Women, 1934

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Frank Butler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Frank Butler Died at 77 (1890-1967) - Going My Way, 1945

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Paddy Chayefsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Paddy Chayefsky Died at 58 (1923-1981) - Marty, 1956

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Stirling Silliphant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Stirling Silliphant Died at 78 (1918-1996) - In the Heat of the Night, 1968

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Graham Moore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Graham Moore age 74 - The Imitation Game, 2015

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Harry Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Harry Brown & Michael Wilson Died at 69 (1917-1986) - A Place in the Sun, 1952

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Died at 84 (1909-1993) - A Letter to Three Wives, 1950;  All About Eve, 1951

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Akiva Goldsman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Akiva Goldsman age 54 - A Beautiful Mind, 2002

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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Irving age 75 - The Cider House Rules, 2000

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Alvin Sargent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Alvin Sargent age 90 - Julia, 1978;  Ordinary People, 1981

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett Died at 96 (1906-2002) - The Lost Weekend, 1946

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Bill Condon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Bill Condon age 61 - Gods and Monsters, 1999

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Christopher Hampton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Christopher Hampton age 71 - Dangerous Liaisons, 1989

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Huston Died at 81 (1906-1987) - The Treasure of the Sierre Madre, 1949

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Geoffrey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Geoffrey Fletcher Died at 24 (1919-1943) - Precious, 2010

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Kurt Luedtke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Kurt Luedtke age 76 - Out of Africa, 1986

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William Peter Blatty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Peter Blatty age 89 - The Exorcist, 1974

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Richard Brooks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Richard Brooks Died at 80 (1912-1992) - Elmer Gantry, 1961

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Michael Blake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Michael Blake age 71 - Dances with Wolves, 1991