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List of famous scriptwriters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top scriptwriters in the world? This includes the most prominent scriptwriters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable scriptwriters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic scriptwriters 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 scriptwriters.

These people, like Bob Mould and Simon Amstell include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known scriptwriters to the lesser known scriptwriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the scriptwriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous scriptwriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous scriptwriters?" then you're in the right place. (65 items)

Sreenivasan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Sreenivasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has written for over 50 films and has acted in over 200 films. Sreenivasan ...more

Simon Amstell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Simon Marc Amstell is an English comedian, television presenter, screenwriter and actor, best known for his roles as former co-host of Popworld, former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and ...more

Bob Mould is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Robert Arthur "Bob" Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and

Jagadish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
P. V. Jagadish Kumar, popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor and screenwriter best known for his comic performances in Malayalam cinema. He became popular through performances in ...more

Alex Haley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series ...more

Donald Bellisario is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Donald Paul Bellisario is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS. He has ...more

Robert Culp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Robert Martin Culp was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson ...more

A. K. Lohithadas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas was an Indian screenwriter, playwright, director, and producer known for his extensive work in Malayalam cinema. Lohithadas was known for his rich, detailed, ...more

Sridhar Rangayan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Sridhar Rangayan is an Indian filmmaker who has made films with special focus on queer subjects. His queer films, The Pink Mirror and Yours Emotionally, have been considered groundbreaking ...more

Tony Warren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Anthony McVay Simpson, MBE, better known by his stage name Tony Warren, is an award-winning English television scriptwriter, best known for creating the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He has ...more

Chetan Bhagat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Chetan Bhagat is a well known Indian English writer, known for his bestselling about young urban middle-class Indians. Bhagat is also columnist for newspapers such as The Times of India and ...more

Yasmin Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Yasmin Ahmad was a film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well ...more

T. Rajendar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Vijaya Thesingu Rajendar is a Tamil film actor and director as well as a composer, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, singer and playback singer. He is also a politician in Tamil Nadu,

Ian Hislop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Ian David Hislop is a British journalist, satirist, writer, comedian, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye. He has appeared on many radio and television programmes, but is best ...more

Posie Graeme-Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Posie Graeme-Evans is an Australian novelist, television and film producer, editor, screenwriter and director, best known for her children's programs and adult dramas. She has created many ...more

Karl Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Karl Gustav Vollmöller, usually written Vollmoeller was a German playwright and screenwriter. He is most famous for two works, the screenplay for the celebrated 1930 German film Der Blaue ...more

Richard LeParmentier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Richard LeParmentier was an American actor who worked primarily and lived in England, best known for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and the acerbic police Lt. ...more

Chi. Udaya Shankar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Chi. Udaya Shankar Chitnahalli Udayashankar was a lyricist of the Kannada film industry. He composed more than 3000 songs for Kannada films and also devotional songs. He was the son of lyricist Chi. Sadashivaiah.

Mark Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Mark Fisher is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central from 1983 to 2010 and Minister for the Arts between 1997 and 1998.

Paul Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Paul Abbott is a BAFTA award-winning English television screenwriter and producer. Abbott has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain ...more

Balachandra Menon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
G. Balachandran Menon is a cinematographer.

R. C. Sherriff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Robert Cedric Sherriff, FSA, FRSL was an English writer best known for his play Journey's End, which was based on his experiences as a captain in World War I. He wrote several plays, novels, and ...more

Roy Huggins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Roy Huggins, pen name John Thomas James, was an American novelist and an influential writer/creator and producer of character-driven television series, including Maverick, The Fugitive, and The ...more

Raymond Wong Bak-Ming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Raymond Wong Pak-ming is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and presenter. He is one of the most successful producers in Hong Kong cinema, having been one of the comedians ...more

David Ashton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
David Ashton is a Scottish actor and writer. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1964–67, he has acted in a wide variety of film, television, theatre and radio roles. He ...more

Tony Gatlif is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Tony Gatlif is a French film director of Romani ethnicity who also works as a screenwriter, composer, actor, and producer.

Peter May is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, best-selling novelist and crime writer.

Braguinha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga, commonly known as Braguinha or João de Barro, was a Brazilian songwriter and occasional singer. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he lived all his life. ...more

Geoff McQueen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Geoffrey "Geoff" McQueen was a television screenwriter. A carpenter and joiner by trade he worked abroad for many years before he began writing in 1978. His first success came in 1982 ...more

Saurabh Shukla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Saurabh Shukla is an Indian film, theatre and television actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in films like Satya, Barfi!, Jolly LLB, Kick, and PK. In 2014, he won the ...more

Glenn Chandler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Glenn Chandler is an award-winning Scottish playwright and novelist. He has written plays for theatre and radio, original screenplays for television and films, television series, and novels. His ...more

Sally Morgan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Sally Jane Morgan is an Australian Aboriginal author, dramatist, and artist. Morgan's works are on display in numerous private and public collections in both Australia and around the world.

Louis Lentin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Louis Lentin was a theatre, film and television director. He was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1933 and worked for over forty years in the arts in Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College, ...more

Dan Clark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Daniel Gregory "Dan" Clark is an English actor, comedian, writer, director and singer. He is best known for playing Don Danbury on the BBC Three sitcom How Not to Live Your Life, which ...more

William C. Woxlin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
William C. Woxlin, SBA, BMS is a Swedish author, playwright, director, actor, academic & composer. He mostly creates music in the minimalist & synth genre. In late 2010, Woxlin, became ...more

Marc Diraison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Marc Diraison is an American voice actor, ADR director, and script writer who has worked for 4Kids Entertainment, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, DuArt Film and Video and NYAV Post. He is best known ...more

Partho Sen-Gupta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Partho Sen-Gupta is an independent film director and screenwriter of Indian origin.

Salim Khan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Salim Khan is an Indian actor and screenwriter. In Hindi cinema, Khan is best known for being one half of the prolific screenwriting duo of Salim-Javed. He is the father of Bollywood actors ...more

Lualhati Bautista is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Lualhati Torres Bautista is one of the foremost Filipino female novelists in the history of contemporary Philippine Literature. Her novels include Dekada '70, Bata, Bata, Pa'no Ka Ginawa?, and

Nick Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Nick Newman is a satirical British cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter. The son of an RAF officer, Newman was born in Kuala Lumpur and schooled at Ardingly College where his satirical career ...more

Ajay Monga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Ajay Monga is an Indian scriptwriter and film director. He has written films like Corporate which starred Bipasha Basu and Kay Kay Menon and Fashion both directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. He has ...more

Hans Moser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Hans Moser was an Austrian actor who, during his long career, from the 1920s up to his death, mainly played in comedy films. He was particularly associated with the genre of the Wiener Film. ...more

Rosana Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Rosana Cuellar is a film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and an actress.

Anders Østergaard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Anders Østergaard is a film director and a screenwriter.

Sid Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Sid Chaplin Sid Chaplin was an English writer whose works are mostly set in the North East England of the 1940s and '50s. His son is Michael Chaplin.

Osvaldo Bayer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
'Osvaldo Bayer’ is an Argentine writer and journalist. He lives in Buenos Aires, and in Linz am Rhein, Germany, where he went into exile in 1974 during the presidency of Isabel Perón. ...more

Chris Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Chris Jones is a British filmmaker and author. Chris Jones was a feature film director at the age of 21. He is also the co-author of The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook. He teaches a variety of ...more

Michel Vuillermoz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Michel Vuillermoz is a French actor and scriptwriter. Vuillermoz has appeared in more than 100 films and 40 plays. In 1998, he received two Molière Award: Best Male Newcomer and Best Play ...more

George Barkin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
George Barkin is a newspaper and magazine editor, businessperson and scriptwriter.

Jake Needham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Scriptwriters
Jake Needham Jake Needham is an American novelist and screen writer. He is known as one of the best-selling English-language authors in Asia. He is a frequent speaker at schools and universities throughout ...more