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List of famous screenwriters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top screenwriters in the world? This includes the most prominent screenwriters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable screenwriters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic screenwriters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned screenwriters.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known screenwriters to the lesser known screenwriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the screenwriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous screenwriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous screenwriters?" then you're in the right place. (2230 items)

Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more

Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more

Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more

Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more

Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more

Asia Carrera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Asia Carrera is an American former actress.

Andie MacDowell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell is an American actress. She made her film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Since then she has appeared in several ...more

Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of ...more

Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the ...more

Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20, ...more

Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

Anne Heche is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Anne Celeste Heche is an American actress. Her film credits include Six Days Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, I Know What You Did Last Summer, John Q and Volcano. She also starred in the ...more

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

Artie Lange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Arthur Steven Lange, Jr., known as Artie Lange, is an American actor, comedian, radio personality, and author best known for his tenures with the The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch ...more

Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and politician who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well ...more

Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's ...more

Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

Amy Brenneman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Amy Frederica Brenneman is an American actress, writer, and producer. Brenneman rose to prominence after her performance as Detective Janice Licalsi in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue, for ...more

Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a ...more

Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Aziz Ishmael Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during ...more

Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV ...more

Stan Laurel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known by his stage name Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous as Laurel of comedic duo Laurel and Hardy – Hardy being ...more

Amy Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates ...more

Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Adam Lakers Carolla is an American comedian, radio personality, television host and actor. He hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast which set the record as the ...more

Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Andrew Dice Clay is an American comedian and actor. He played the lead role in the 1990 film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Clay has been in several movies and has released a number of ...more

Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 ...more

Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman, with French-Swiss dual citizenship since 1999. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 was already being compared ...more

Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed economic ...more

Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
David A. J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, ...more

Asia Argento is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Aria Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento is an Italian actress, singer, model, and director.

Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

Annie Sprinkle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Annie M. Sprinkle is an American educator, feminist stripper, actress, cable television host, magazine editor, writer and film producer. She received a BFA in photography from the School of ...more

Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, ...more

Adam Brody is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Adam Jared Brody is an American film and television actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Brody has also co-starred in many film roles, including Mr. & ...more

August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more

Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more

Barry Humphries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Barry Humphries was the nominee from 1981 British Academy Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Anna Karina is a Danish-French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. She is known as a muse of the director Jean-Luc Godard, one of ...more

Alan Carr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Graham Carr is an English comedian and television personality. He was born in Weymouth, Dorset and spent most of his childhood in Northampton before moving to Manchester in his early 20s ...more

Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera is an American professional skateboarder, actor, musician, and stunt performer. He came to prominence after appearing in MTV's Jackass crew. He has since ...more

Andrea Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Andrea Louise Martin is an American actress and comedian. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, on stage in productions such as ...more

Aaron Spelling is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with ...more

Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Willis Thicke is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains. He is the father ...more

Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The ...more

Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during WWII, Laurents ...more

Andrew Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Andrew Jackson Young is an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as a Congressman from Georgia's 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador ...more

Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Screenwriters
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more