The Best Oscar-Winning Screenplays
What is best Oscar-winning screenplay? This list includes every film that has won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, with titles such as “Her,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Annie Hall,” and “Good Will Hunting.” The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay was created in 1940, first presented at the thirteenth Academy Awards.
Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. It all begins with the words written on the page. Without dialogue that grabs us and an enchanting story, movies fall flat, even with the best actors and directors. The best of these screenplays are often bestowed with an Academy Award nomination, and those that are truly the best take home the Oscar.
Screenplays have the ability to take us places, into the lives of those we’ve never imagined. Screenplays give directors and the actors the framework in which to work. These best Oscar-winning screenplays provide the kind of emotional connection that filmmakers hope people seek in entertainment. They are moving, saddening, and romantic. These screenplays vary in their genre but they all equally fascinating.Vote up the best Academy Award-winning screenplays below and see how these Oscar winning scripts rank.
Quentin Tarantino, Roger AvaryVincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is ...more
- Actors: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
- Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money ...more
- Actors: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell
- Directed by: Joel Coen
Christopher McQuarrie"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," says con man Kint (Kevin Spacey), drawing a comparison to the most enigmatic criminal of all time, Keyser Soze. ...more
- Actors: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite
- Directed by: Bryan Singer
Herbert J. Mankiewicz, Orson WellesWhen a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from ...more
- Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead
- Directed by: Orson Welles
Robert TowneWhen Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation ...more
- Actors: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman
- Directed by: Roman Polanski
Ben Affleck, Matt DamonWill Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau ...more
- Actors: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård
- Directed by: Gus Van Sant