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List of famous dramatists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top dramatists in the world? This includes the most prominent dramatists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. William Shakespeare fans will also enjoy this list of words invented by Shakespeare and TV shows influenced by the English playwright. This list of notable dramatists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic dramatists 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 dramatists.

This list of famous dramatists includes American dramatists, like Arthur Miller and Langston Hughes, British dramatists, and classic dramatists such as Ben Jonson. 

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

William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's ...more

Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more

Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Arthur Miller Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, ...more

David Mamet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
David Mamet David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and ...more

Sam Shepard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Sam Shepard Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ...more

Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Tom Stoppard Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The ...more

Ben Jonson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Ben Jonson Ben Jonson was an English playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the ...more

Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Tennessee Williams Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Eugene O'Neill Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism ...more

August Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
August Wilson August Wilson was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, ...more

Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Samuel Beckett Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work ...more

Athol Fugard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Athol Fugard Athol Fugard is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

Jane Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jane Anderson Jane Anderson is an American actress-turned-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She has written and directed one feature film, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio and wrote the ...more

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for ...more

John Patrick Shanley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
John Patrick Shanley John Patrick Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize–winning American playwright, an Oscar winning screenwriter, and a theatre and film director.

Christopher Durang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Christopher Durang Christopher Ferdinand Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s, though his career seemed to get a ...more

Sarah Ruhl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Sarah Ruhl Sarah Ruhl is an American playwright. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in ...more

Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Harold Pinter Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jean Genet Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include ...more

Amiri Baraka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of ...more

Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Neil Simon Marvin Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received ...more

Henrik Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Henrik Ibsen Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism ...more

Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Anton Chekhov Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four ...more

George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes ...more

Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jean Cocteau Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood ...more

Christopher Marlowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, ...more

Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Peter Ustinov Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Edward Albee Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright who is known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. His works are considered well-crafted, often ...more

Wallace Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Wallace Thurman Wallace Henry Thurman was an American novelist active during the Harlem Renaissance. He also wrote essays, worked as an editor, and was a publisher of short-lived newspapers and literary ...more

Alfred de Musset is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Alfred de Musset Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle from 1836.

Ethan Coen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Ethan Coen Ethan Coen is a film director, film and television producer, film editor and screenwriter.

François Mauriac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
François Mauriac François Charles Mauriac was a French author, member of the Académie française, and laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the

Jerzy Skolimowski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jerzy Skolimowski Jerzy Skolimowski is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films ...more

Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Friedrich Dürrenmatt Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work ...more

Y. Gee. Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Y. Gee. Mahendra Yechan Gunja Mahendran, popularly known as Y. G. Mahendran or Y. Gee. Mahendra, is an Indian dramatist, actor, singer playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a ...more

Edgar Lee Masters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Edgar Lee Masters Edgar Lee Masters was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology, The New Star Chamber and Other Essays, Songs and Satires, The Great Valley, The ...more

Jean Anouilh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jean Anouilh Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play ...more

Júlio Dantas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Júlio Dantas Júlio Dantas, GCC was a Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist.

William Schwenck Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
William Schwenck Gilbert Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. ...more

Prosper Mérimée is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Prosper Mérimée Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera ...more

Jiří Voskovec is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jiří Voskovec Jiří Voskovec was a Czech-American actor, playwright, dramatist, director, translator, and poet. Throughout most of his career he was associated with Jan Werich. He attended school in ...more

Arthur Wing Pinero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Arthur Wing Pinero Sir Arthur Wing Pinero known mononymously as Pinero was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director.

David Mercer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
David Mercer David Mercer was an English dramatist.

Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Emlyn Williams Emlyn Williams is a director, screenwriter and playwright.

Jean Richepin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Jean Richepin Jean Richepin, French poet, novelist and dramatist, the son of an army doctor, was born at Médéa, French Algeria. At school and at the École Normale Supérieure he ...more

Georg Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Georg Kaiser Friedrich Carl Georg Kaiser, called Georg Kaiser, was a German dramatist.

Brian Friel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Brian Friel Brian Friel is an Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. He is considered to be one of the greatest living English-language dramatists, hailed by the ...more

Bruno Frank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
Bruno Frank Bruno Frank was a German author, poet, dramatist, and humanist. Frank studied law and philosophy in Munich, where he later worked as a dramatist and novelist until the Reichstag fire in 1933. ...more