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Screenwriting

This list includes recommended movies, books, periodicals, and web sites.

Movies
Action/Adventure
300
48 Hours
Batman (series)
Beverly Hills Cop
Captain America (series)
Dark Knight (series)
Deadpool
Die Hard
Dirty Harry
Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
Gunga Din
Iron Man (series)
James Bond (series)
Jaws
Jurassic Park
Kill Bill
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (2005)
Lethal Weapon
Mad Max
Mad Max: Fury Road
Midnight Run
Mission Impossible
Pirates of the Caribbean (series)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (series)
Romancing the Stone
Speed
Spiderman (series)
Superman (1978)
The Avengers
The Fast and the Furious
The Hunt for Red October
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Towering Inferno
The Untouchables
Top Gun
True Lies
Under Seige
X-Men (series)
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Crime
American Hustle
Badlands
Bonnie and Clyde
Catch Me If You Can
Cool Hand Luke
Dead Man Walking
Dog Day Afternoon
Fargo
Get Shorty
Goodfellas
In Bruges
Mystic River
No Country For Old Men
Ocean's 11 (2001)
Out of Sight
Papillon
Prizzi's Honor
Reservoir Dogs
Scarface (1983)
The Departed
The French Connection
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Shawshank Redemption
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Usual Suspects
Thuderbolt and Lightfoot
Topkapi
Training Day
White Heat
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Comedy
40-Year-Old Virgin
9 to 5
A Fish Called Wanda
A Shot in the Dark
Adaptation
Adventures in Babysitting
After Hours
Airplane
American Pie
Anchorman
Animal House
Being John Malkovich
Being There
Big
Blazing Saddles
Bridesmaids
Broadcast News
Caddyshack
Clueless
Desperately Seeking Susan
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dr. Strangelove
Dumb and Dumber
Easy A
Election
Elf
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Flirting With Disaster
Fried Green Tomatoes
Galaxy Quest
Ghostbusters
Groundhog Day
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Harold and Maude
High Fidelity
Legally Blonde
Mean Girls
Meet the Parents
Melvin and Howard
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
My Favorite Year
National Lampoon's Vacation
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Postcards From the Edge
Raising Arizona
Risky Business
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shampoo
Silver Linings Playbook
Slap Shot
Superbad
The Devil Wears Prada
The Fortune Cookie
The Graduate
The Hangover
The In-Laws (1979)
The Producers
The Ruling Class
The War of the Roses
This Is Spinal Tap
Tootsie
Waiting for Guffman
What's Up Doc?
White Men Can't Jump
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Withnail and I
Working Girl
Young Frankenstein
Zoolander
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Comedy - Classic
A Night at the Opera
Arsenic and Old Lace
Duck Soup
Father of the Bride (1950)
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Miracle of Morgan's Creek
My Man Godfrey
Some Like It Hot
Sullivan's Travels
The Great Dictator
The Ladykillers (1955)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Twentieth Century
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Drama
12 Years a Slave
A Beautiful Mind
A River Runs Through It
About Schmidt
All the President's Men
American Beauty
An Education
An Officer and a Gentleman
An Unmarried Woman
Apollo 13
Atlantic City
Betrayal
Billy Elliot
Boogie Nights
Breaking Away
Brokeback Mountain
Coal Miner's Daughter
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dirty Dancing
Do the Right Thing
Driving Miss Daisy
Erin Brockovich
Field of Dreams
Fight Club
Five Easy Pieces
Forest Gump
Friday Night Lights
Glengarry Glen Ross
Gorillas in the Mist
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Hud
In Cold Blood
In the Heat of the Night
Jerry Maguire
JFK
Kramer vs. Kramer
Leaving Las Vegas
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Local Hero
Lolita (1968)
Lone Star
Marty
Matewan
Midnight Cowboy
Milk
Million Dollar Baby
My Left Foot
Network
On Golden Pond
One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest
Ordinary People
Quiz Show
Raging Bull
Rain Man
Rebel Without a Cause
Rocky
Saturday Night Fever
Serpico
Slumdog Millionaire
Spotlight
Stand and Deliver
Stand By Me
Steve Jobs
Straight Outta Compton
Taxi Driver
Tender Mercies
Terms of Endearment
The Apartment
The Black Stallion
The China Syndrome
The Conversation
The Days of Wine and Roses
The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Fighter
The Fisher King
The Great Santini
The Ice Storm
The Insider
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Killing Fields
The Last Picture Show
The Misfits
The Piano
The Player
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Quiet American
The Red Shoes
The Trip to Bountiful
The Turning Point
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Verdict
The Year of Living Dangerously
Thelma and Louise
There Will Be Blood
To Kill a Mockingbird
Twelve Angry Men
Two for the Road
Ulee's Gold
Up In the Air
Wall Street
Witness
Wonder Boys
Zorba the Greek
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Drama - Classic
A Face in the Crowd
A Place in the Sun
A Streetcar Named Desire
All About Eve
An Affair to Remember
Bad Day at Black Rock
Brief Encounter
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
East of Eden
It's a Wonderful Life
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
On the Waterfront
Sunset Boulevard
The African Queen
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Grapes of Wrath
The Heiress
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
To Have and Have Not
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Epic
A Passage to India
Around the World in Eighty Days
Ben-Hur
Braveheart
Dr. Zhivago
Gandhi
Gladiator
Gone With the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Reds
Spartacus
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Ensemble
American Graffiti
Choose Me
Diner
Gosford Park
Love Actually
M*A*S*H
Magnolia
Nashville
Short Cuts
Smoke
Syriana
The Big Chill
Traffic
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Film Noir
Body Heat
Double Indemnity
Drive
Night and the City
Out of the Past
The Big Sleep
The Lady from Shanghai
The Last Seduction
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Sweet Smell of Success
Touch of Evil
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Fantasy
Excalibur
Ghost
Harry Potter (series)
Jason and the Argonauts
Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
Lost Horizon (1937)
The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
The Princess Bride
Time Bandits
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Horror
28 Days Later
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
An American Werewolf in London
Beetlejuice
Bride of Frankenstein
Cabin in the Woods
Carrie
Cat People (1942)
Dead Ringers
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Dracula (1931l)
Eraserhead
Frankenstein (1931)
Freaks
Fright Night (1985)
Halloween
Interview With the Vampire
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It Follows
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Nightmare on Elm Street (series)
Poltergeist
Psycho
Rosemary's Baby
Saw (series)
Scream
Shaun of the Dead
The Babadook
The Birds
The Blair Witch Project
The Conjuring
The Descent
The Exorcist
The Innocents
The Mummy
The Omen (1976)
The Ring
The Sixth Sense
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1978)
The Thing (1982)
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Indie
500 Days of Summer
American Splendor
Away From Her
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Before Sunrise
Big Night
Blue Valentine
Bound
Boyhood
Boys Don't Cry
Broken Flowers
Clerks
Donnie Darko
El Mariachi
Enough Said
Frances Ha
Friends With Kids
Ghost World
Gods and Monsters
Grand Budapest Hotel
Hairspray
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
In the Bedroom
Juno
Kissing Jessica Stein
Little Miss Sunshine
Living in Oblivion
Lost in Translation
Mean Streets
Moonlight
Napoleon Dynamite
Philomena
Pi
Rachel Getting Married
Repo Man
Rushmore
Secretary
Secrets & Lies
sex, lies, and videotape
Sideways
Sling Blade
Spanking the Monkey
Stranger Than Paradise
Swimming with the Sharks
Swingers
Tangerine
The Cooler
The Kids Are All Right
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Station Agent
The Sweet Hereafter
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
The Wrestler
Tiny Furniture
Trainspotting
Two Lovers
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Whiplash
You Can Count on Me
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Musical
A Hard Day's Night
All That Jazz
An American in Paris
Cabaret
Chicago
Funny Girl
Gigi
Grease
La La Land
Les Miserables
Little Shop of Horrors
Mary Poppins
My Fair Lady
Pennies From Heaven
Purple Rain
Singin' in the Rain
Sweeney Todd
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
Top Hat
Victor/Victoria
West Side Story
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Yankee Doodle Dandy
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Period
A Room With a View
Amadeus
Chariots of Fire
Dangerous Liasons
Elizabeth
Enchanted April
Great Expectations (1946)
Hope and Glory
Julia
Master and Commander
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Out of Africa
Paper Moon
Places in the Heart
Quest for Fire
Schindler's List
Sense and Sensibility
Shakespeare in Love
Sophie's Choice
Sounder
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Elephant Man
The English Patient
The French Lieutenant's Woman
The King's Speech
The Last of the Mohicans
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Lion in Winter
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Man Who Would Be King
The Mission
The Passion of the Christ
The Remains of the Day
The Sting
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Tom Jones
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Romantic Comedy
A Touch of Class
Adam's Rib
Annie Hall
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bringing Up Baby
Bull Durham
Duplicity
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Hannah and Her Sisters
Heaven Can Wait
It Happened One Night
It's Complicated
Knocked Up
Manhattan
Moonstruck
My Best Friend's Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Pretty Woman
Roman Holiday
Sabrina (1954l)
Say Anything
Sleepless in Seattle
Sliding Doors
Something Wild
Something's Gotta Give
Splash
The Awful Truth
The Goodbye Girl
The Lady Eve
The Palm Beach Story
The Philadelphia Story
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Spectacular Now
There's Something About Mary
Tin Cup
Train Wreck
Trouble in Paradise
Truly, Madly, Deeply
When Harry Met Sally
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Science Fiction
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Alien
Aliens
Avatar
Back to the Future
Blade Runner
Brazil
Children of Men
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Cocoon
District 9
E.T.
Forbidden Planet
Gravity
Guardians of the Galaxy
Her
Hunger Games (series)
Inception
Independence Day
Looper
Men in Black
Pan's Labyrinth
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Star Trek (series)
Star Wars (series)
Terminator 2
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Fly (1958)
The Matrix
The Terminator
The Time Machine (1960)
Total Recall
Under the Skin
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Silent
Battleship Potemkin
Birth of a Nation
City Lights
Greed
Intolerance
Metropolis
Modern Times
Napoleon
Nosferatu
Safety Last
Sherlock Jr.
Sunrise
The Artist
The General
The Gold Rush
The Navigator
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Phantom of the Opera
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Thriller
A Simple Plan
Angel Heart
Argo
Basic Instinct
Black Swan
Blue Velvet
Cape Fear (1960)
Cape Fear (1991)
Charade
Chinatown
Day of the Jackal (1973)
Dead Calm
Deliverance
Don't Look Now
Duel
Fail-Safe
Fatal Attraction
House of Games
In the Line of Fire
Klute
L.A. Confidential
Laura
Marathon Man
Memento
Michael Clayton
Munich
Night of the Hunter
North by Northwest
Open Water
Play Misty for Me
Rear Window
Sea of Love
Seven
Shadow of a Doubt
Strangers on a Train
The 39 Steps
The Bourne Identity
The Firm
The Fugitive
The Game
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
The Parallax View
The Prestige
The Silence of the Lambs
The Third Man
Three Days of the Condor
Tightrope
Transsiberian
Vertigo
Wait Until Dark
WarGames
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Young Sherlock Holmes
Zero Dark Thirty
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Unclassifiable
Barton Fink
Carnal Knowledge
Ed Wood
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Mulholland Dr.
My Dinner With Andre
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and her Lover
The Crying Game
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War
A Few Good Men
All Quiet on the Western Front
Apocalypse Now
Black Hawk Down
Breaker Morant
Coming Home
From Here to Eternity
Full Metal Jacket
Gallipoli
Glory
Inglourious Basterds
Letters from Iwo Jima
Paths of Glory
Patton
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
Stalag 17
The Big Red One
The Deer Hunter
The Dirty Dozen
The Great Escape
The Hurt Locker
The Thin Red Line
Three Kings
Zero Dark 30
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Western
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Dances With Wolves
High Noon
Jeremiah Johnson
Little Big Man
Lonely Are the Brave
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Once Upon a Time in the West
Red River
Shane
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Silverado
Stagecoach
The Assassination of Jesse James
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
The Magnificent Seven
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Searchers
The Shootist
The Wild Bunch
True Grit (2010)
Unforgiven
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Short Films
Film Shortage
Films Short
Funny or Die
Short Film Central
Short of the Week
Shorts Bay
Sundance
The Smalls
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Publications and Podcasts
Magazine/Website - General
Entertainment Weekly
Paste
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Magazine/Website - Industry News
Deadline
Filmmaker
Hollywood Reporter
Variety
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Podcast - Scriptwriting
Indie Film Academy
Scriptnotes
The Q&A
Writers Panel
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Magazine/Website - Scriptwriting
Creative Screenwriting
Hollywood Scriptwriter
Movie Maker
Script
Written By
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Reference
Business Books
Adams, Max. The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide
Breimer, Stephen F. The Screenwriter's Legal GuideĀ 
De Abreu, Carlos and Smith, Howard Jay. Opening the Doors to Hollywood
Lennon, Thomas and Garant, Robert B.. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit
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Craft Books
The Dialogue
Aristotle. Poetics
Egri, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing
Field, Syd. Four Screenplays
Field, Syd. Screenplay
Goldman, William. Adventures in the Screen Trade
Goldman, William. Which Lie Did I Tell?
Gotham Writers' Workshop. Writing Movies
Gulino, Paul. Screenwriting: Sequence Approach
Hauge, Michael. Writing Screenplays that Sell
Hitchcock, Alfred and Truffaut, Francois. Hitchcock/Truffaut
Mamet, David. On Directing Film
McKee, Robert. Story
Riley, Christopher. The Hollywood Standard
Seger, Linda. Making a Good Script Great
Snyder, Blake. Save the Cat
Trottier, David. The Screenwriter's Bible
Vogler, Christopher. Writer's Journey
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Helpful Places
Ain't It Cool
All Movie Guide
AV Club
Box Office Mojo
CineStory
Done Deal
Film Festivals
Film Site
Filmmaker IQ
Filmmaking Net
IMDbPro
IndieWire
Internet Movie Database
John August
MovieBytes
No Film School
Rotten Tomatoes
Screenwriters Utopia
Script Pipeline
Sundance Institute
The Blacklist
The Launch Pad
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
Variety Insight
Who Represents
Wordplay
Writer's Store
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Organizations
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
American Film Institute
Directors Guild
Producers Guild
Writers Guild of America
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Online Script Marketing
Inktip
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Scripts
Daily Script
Drew's Script-O-Rama
Internet Movie Script Database
Script City
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Software
Celtx
Final Draft
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General Resources
Link List
Gotham Reading/Resources Lists
New York Times Navigator
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Reference
Bartleby
Directory of Conferences and Centers
Encyclopedia Britannica
First Chapters
Google
Google Earth
Google Maps
Info Please
Lexis/Nexis
Library of Congress
National Geographic Atlas
New Pages
New York Public Library
Poets & Writers Tools for Writers
Snopes
US Copyright Office
Wikipedia
WorldCat
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Software
Final Draft
Scrivener
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Words/Usage
American Heritage Dictionary
Associated Press Stylebook
Chicago Manual of Style
Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Thesaurus
Oxford English Dictionary
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Roget's II Thesaurus (alphabetized)
Roget's International Thesaurus (categorized)
Bryson, Bill. Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors
Fogarty, Mignon. Grammar Girl podcast
Strunk and White. Elements of Style
Zinsser, William. On Writing Well
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