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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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James Ivory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
James Ivory Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer - Call Me by Your Name, 2018

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Eric Roth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Eric Roth Television producer, Screenwriter - Forrest Gump, 1995

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo Television director, Television producer, Film Producer - The Godfather, 1972; The Godfather Part II, 1975

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24 10
Bo Goldman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben Television producer, Screenwriter, Playwright - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1976

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Ted Tally is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ted Tally Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright - The Silence of the Lambs, 1992

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Aaron Sorkin Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor - The Social Network, 2011

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20 9
Horton Foote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Horton Foote Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - To Kill a Mockingbird, 1963

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Emma Thompson Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter - Sense and Sensibility, 1996

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19 10
Steven Zaillian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Steven Zaillian Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor - Schindler's List, 1994

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Billy Bob Thornton Musician, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter - Sling Blade, 1997

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Brian Helgeland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director - L.A. Confidential, 1998

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William Goldman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Goldman Novelist, Screenwriter, Author - All the President's Men, 1977

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John Ridley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Ridley Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter - 12 Years a Slave, 2014

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15 9
Peter Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Peter Shaffer Screenwriter, Author, Playwright - Amadeus, 1985

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James L. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
James L. Brooks Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter - Terms of Endearment, 1984

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10 5
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 Screenwriter, Author - The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958

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William Monahan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Monahan Journalist, Novelist, Film Producer - The Departed, 2007

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Waldo Salt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Waldo Salt Screenwriter - Midnight Cowboy, 1970

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer - A Room with a View, 1987;  Howards End, 1993

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10 7
Stephen Gaghan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Stephen Gaghan Television producer, Screenwriter, Film Director - Traffic, 2001

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10 7
Chris Terrio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Chris Terrio Screenwriter, Film Editor, Film Director - Argo, 2013

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10 8
Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter - No Country for Old Men, 2008

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8 6
Larry McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana Novelist, Screenwriter, Author - Brokeback Mountain, 2006

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8 7
Philip G. Epstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, & Howard Koch Screenwriter, Writer - Casablanca, 1944

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8 7
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Alexander Payne Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter - Sideways, 2005;  The Descendants, 2012

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7 6
Christopher Hampton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Christopher Hampton Film Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist - Dangerous Liaisons, 1989

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5 4
Paddy Chayefsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Paddy Chayefsky Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter - Marty, 1956

The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies

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5 4
Stirling Silliphant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Stirling Silliphant Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter - In the Heat of the Night, 1968

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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 Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - Becket, 1965

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Sidney Howard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Sidney Howard Screenwriter, Playwright - Gone with the Wind, 1940

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Oliver Stone Television director, Soldier, Television producer - Midnight Express, 1979

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Alfred Uhry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Alfred Uhry Screenwriter, Author, Writer - Driving Miss Daisy, 1990

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James Goldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
James Goldman Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright - The Lion in Winter, 1969

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Ernest Thompson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Ernest Thompson Television director, Screenwriter, Author - On Golden Pond, 1982

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

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George Seaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
George Seaton Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter - Miracle on 34th Street, 1948;  The Country Girl, 1955

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Geoffrey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Geoffrey Fletcher Precious, 2010

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Huston Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - The Treasure of the Sierre Madre, 1949

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William Peter Blatty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
William Peter Blatty Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter - The Exorcist, 1974

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director - A Letter to Three Wives, 1950;  All About Eve, 1951

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Victor Heerman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Victor Heerman & Sarah Y. Mason Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director - Little Women, 1934

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5 6
Robert Bolt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Robert Bolt Soldier, Screenwriter, Playwright - Doctor Zhivago, 1966;  A Man for All Seasons, 1967

The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Frank Butler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Frank Butler Screenwriter, Actor - Going My Way, 1945

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Graham Moore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Graham Moore The Imitation Game, 2015

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Costa-Gavras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Costa-Gavras & Donald E. Stewart Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - Missing, 1983

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Harry Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Harry Brown & Michael Wilson Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter - A Place in the Sun, 1952

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Akiva Goldsman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Akiva Goldsman Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - A Beautiful Mind, 2002

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6 8
John Irving is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
John Irving Novelist, Screenwriter, Author - The Cider House Rules, 2000

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5 7
Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter - The Lost Weekend, 1946

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5 7
Bill Condon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Bill Condon Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor - Gods and Monsters, 1999