List of Famous Dramatists

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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 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
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 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, The Crucible and A ...more
David Mamet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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 is an actor, screenwriter and film director.
Jane Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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
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
John Patrick Shanley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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 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 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, 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 was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle ...more
Amiri Baraka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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
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 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 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 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 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