101 Greatest Screenplays

WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays [21st Century]


Where Paul Thomas Anderson reserves 3 screenplays, Nolan has 4 in his name on the list of 101 greatest screenplays released by Writers Guild of America on 6th December. Though Paul Anderson hasn’t received any Oscar yet, you will find his scripts here on the list of these 101 greatest screenplays.

Even you will find many of your favorite directors’ scripts here more than once. This article gives you a broad detail of the greatest screenplays of all time in the 21st century according to the WGA list. 


This year is a celebration for writers all over the world. As the list from WGA is out, Filmo Maniac is busy about which to watch first. There are some remarkable films of the last 21 years. It is difficult to choose but watching one by one would be a great way to complete all the masterpieces.

By far what you have seen on the screen may force you to correct your personal choice after watching these films. So, without much ado, let’s check out the greatest screenplays of all time in the 21st-century as per WGA consideration. 

Greatest Screenplays of All Time in the 21st Century – WGA

  1. Get Out (2017)

When Chris comes to visit his girlfriend’s parents, the horrible consequences were awaiting him. 


Cast – Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams

Writer and Director – Jordan Peele

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

A couple goes on erasing their memories about their past relationship. 


Cast – Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet

Writer – Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Director – Michel Gondry

  1. The Social Network (2010)

It’s a story of the creation of Facebook in which Zuckerberg faced a lot of severe troubles from different people. 


Cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield

Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, based on the book, The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich

Director – David Fincher  

  1. Parasite (2019)

When Kim’s son starts working in a wealthy family, Kim finds an opportunity to join him along the way. And gradually, everyone joins him and starts living like a parasite. 

Cast – Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

Screenplay – Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won


Director – Bong Joon-ho 

  1. No Country for Old Men (2007)

When a hunter discovers two million dollars, he is followed by a psycho killer. 

Cast- Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones


Writer and Director – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen based on the book by Cormac McCarthy  

  1. Moonlight (2016)

It tells the story of a young black man who is influenced by the guidance of Juan, a drug dealer that makes a long-lasting impression. 

Cast – Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes


Screenplay and Directed by – Barry Jenkins

  1. There Will Be Blood (2007)

A powerful oil tycoon goes on to achieve everything by manipulating his adopted son in ruthless means. 

Cast – Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano

Screenwriter and Director – Paul Thomas Anderson

  1. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

A few Jewish soldiers go on destroying the Nazi government whereas a woman revenges the death of her father.

Cast – Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz

Writer and Director – Quentin Tarantino

  1. Almost Famous (2000)

A fifteen-year-old boy goes on a tour with a rock band and learns about relationships. 

Cast –  Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit


Writer and Director – Cameron Crowe

  1. Memento (2000)

An insurance investigator suffering from short-term memory loss goes on hunting a man who killed his wife.

Cast – Guy Pierce, Carrie Anne-Moss

Screenwriter and Director – Christopher Nolan

  1. Adaptation (2002)

When adapting Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief”, a screenwriter named Kaufman finds desperation along the way through it. 


Cast – Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

Screenwriter – Charlie Kaufman

Director – Spike Jonze

  1. Bridesmaids (2011)

When a jobless chef is accompanied by her best friend’s wedding ceremony, the event becomes ruined consequently.

Cast – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne


Writer – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

Director – Paul Feig 

  1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Enns and Jack develop a sexual and emotional relationship with each other. But ultimately they marry their respective girlfriends. 

Cast – Heath Ledger, Jack Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway

Screenwriter – Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana


Director – Ang Lee

  1. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

When a dysfunctional family gathers under one roof, they experience crazy consequences. 

Cast – Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, Danny Glover

Screenwriters – Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson

Director – Wes Anderson

  1. Sideways (2004)

A soon-to-be-married actor and a budding writer go on a road trip enjoying the soon-to-be-removed bachelor party. 

Cast –  Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church

Screenwriters – Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Director – Alexander Payne

  1. Lady Bird (2017)

A high school teenager faces a lot of difficulties in her relationship during her school period. 

Cast – Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet

Writer and Director – Greta Gerwig

  1. Her (2013)

An introverted writer falls in love with a computer operating system when he buys it for his writing purpose. 

Cast – Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara

Writer and Director – Spike Jonze

  1. Children of Men (2006)

After 18 years of human infertility, a woman finally gets pregnant and Theo has to transfer her to a safe place.

Cast –  Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine

Screenwriters – Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Director – Alfonso Cuaron

  1. Lost in Translation (2003)

An American actor lands in Toko where he meets a woman who has been left her husband. They develop friendships along the way.

Cast – Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

Writer and Director – Sofia Coppola

  1. Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton appears as a lawyer to deal with a chemical company’s multi-billion dollar class action suit.

Cast – George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

Writer and Director – Tony Gilroy

  1. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

When a family travels across the country and their daughter participates in a beauty Pageant, the journey has something else for them. 

Cast – Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin

Screenwriter – Michael Arndt

Director – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

  1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

An actor and his stunt double are working on to gain their fame in the 1960s Los Angeles. When they meet Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, the film takes a turn.

Cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Writer and Director – Quentin Tarantino

  1. Promising Young Woman (2020)

A young woman seeks vengeance against those who have crossed her path. 

Cast – Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie

Writer and Director – Emerald Fennell

  1. Juno (2007)

A socially awkward young woman gets involved in an unplanned pregnancy that leads her to make some unusual decisions. 

Cast – Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner

Writer – Diablo Cody

Director – Jason Reitman 

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

When a concierge is framed for murder, he befriends a lobby boy. 

Cast – Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham

Screenwriter and Director – Wes Anderson 

  1. The Dark Knight (2008)

A psychopathic criminal, Joker is hired by mobs for killing Batman and putting Gotham city under its knees. 

Cast –  Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine

Screenwriter – Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

Director – Christopher Nolan

  1. Arrival (2016)

A linguistic expert is hired to interpret the language of aliens. In turn, she gets obsessive about their existence. 

Cast – Amy Adams, Jeremy Runner, Forest Whitaker

Screenwriter – Eric Heisserer

Director – Denis Villeneuve

  1. Jojo Rabit (2019)

A young German boy whose imaginary friend Adolf Hitler discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl. 

Cast – Roman Griffin Davis, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Screenwriter and Director – Taika Waititi

  1. Inside Out (2015)

An 11-year-old girl moves to a different place where she finds joy, disgust, fear, sadness, and anger as her friends and learns how to accustomed to the new life.

Cast – Amy Poehler (Voice), Bill Hader (Voice), Lewis Black (Voice)

Screenwriter – Meg LeFauve, Pete Docter, Josh Cooley

Directors – Pete Docter

  1. The Departed (2006)

A spy and an undercover agent counter-attack each other while infiltrating an Irish gang. 

Cast – Jack Nicholson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon

Screenwriter – William Monahan

Director – Martin Scorsese

  1. Spotlight (2015)

After Martin Baron joins Boston Globe, he pushes 4 journalists to make a story about child molestation against the local church.  

Cast – Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton

Screenwriter – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Director – Tom McCarthy

  1. Whiplash (2014)

A young man enrolls in a music conservatory where he is mentored by an instructor who will never leave any stone unturned to realize the potential of a student. 

Cast –  Miles Teller, J.K.Simmons, Melissa, Melissa Benoist

Screenwriter and Director – Damien Chazelle 

  1. Up (2009)

A widower goes on an adventure in search of Paradise Falls, his wife’s dream destination. 

Cast – Ed Asner (Voice), Jordan Nagai (Voice), John Ratzenberger (Voice)

Screenwriters – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

Director –  Pete Docter

  1. Mean Girls (2004)

After Cady joins the new public school, she is warned by her friends to avoid the Plastics group. But things take a turn when she falls in love with the ex-lover of the group’s head. 

Cast – Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows

Screenwriter – Tina Fey

Director – Mark Waters

  1. WALL-E (2008)

A male robot during the period of cleaning the waste of the earth falls in love with another robot. Their journey can alter the fate of humankind. 

Cast – Ben Burtt (Voice), Elissa Knight (Voice), Jeff Garlin (Voice)

Screenwriter – Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon

Director – Andrew Stanton

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Ofelia should prove her royalty declared by the fairy after moving to her stepfather’s house. 

Cast – Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez

Screenwriter and Director – Guillermo Del Toro

  1. Inception (2010)

A dream hacker steals secret information. On the other hand, Saito gets the offer to clean his criminal records. 

Cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levit

Screenwriter and Director – Christopher Nolan

  1. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A boy from a slum area in Mumbai wins the show Kaun Banega Crorepati. He is interrogated for cheating. Then he tells how he remembers everything from his past life. 

Cast – Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, Irrfan Khan

Screenwriter  – Simon Beaufoy

Director – Danny Boyle

  1. Before Sunset (2004)

After 9 years of their meeting, Celine and Jesse meet again in Paris. They experiment with their previous feelings differently now. 

Cast – Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Screenwriter – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Director – Richard Linklater

  1. In Bruges (2008)

After two hitmen’s unsuccessful mission in Bruges, Ken is asked by his boss to kill Ray. 

Cast – Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson

Screenwriter and Director – Martin McDonagh  

  1. Mullholand Dr. (2001)

An amnesiac and an actress find clues about true identity beyond dreams and reality. 

Cast – Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux

Screenwriter and Director – David Lynch

  1. A Serious Man (2009)

A professor agitated with his life goes on to find his perplexed and turmoil incidents about his life. 

Cast – Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick

Screenwriter and Director – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

  1. Amelie (2001)

Captured by her imaginative world, Amelie decides to spread joy where she finds true love.

Cast – Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon

Screenwriter – Guillaume Laurant

Director – Jean-Pierre Jeunet 

  1. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Before Andy leaves for her college, the toys are mistakenly delivered. Woody convinces the other toys and leads them to return home.

Cast – Tom Hanks (Voice), Tim Allen (Voice), Joan Cusack (Voice)

Screenwriter – Micheal Arndt

Director – Lee Unkrich

  1. The Favourite (2018)

During the period of Queen Anne of England’s sickness, Sarah Churchill overseas the reign. But things take a turn when Sarah’s cousin takes over her position. 

Cast – Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Screenwriter – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Director – Yorgos Lanthimos 

  1. Zodiac (2007)

A cartoonist uses his puzzle-solving skill to find out the identity of the Zodiac killer.

Cast – Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.

Screenwriter – James Vanderbilt

Director – David Fincher

  1. Gladiator (2000)

When a corrupt emperor takes over the power of the kingdom, a former Roman General sets out to take revenge as a gladiator. 

Cast – Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Screenwriter – David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson

Director – Ridley Scott

  1. The Incredibles (2004)

An undercover family goes on to save the world. 

Cast – Craig T. Nelson (Voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Voice), Holly Hunter (Voice)   

Screenwriter and Director – Brad Bird

  1. Knives Out (2019)

A novelist dies in a mysterious way. But the detective knows one thing for sure. He sets out to explore the truth while interrogating the dysfunctional novelist’s family. 

Cast – Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Screenwriter and Director – Rian Johnson

  1. Ex Macina (2015)

A young programmer gets involved in a strange scientific experiment where he is responsible to evaluate artificial intelligence. 

Cast –  Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Screenwriter and Director – Alex Garland 

  1. Birdman (2014)

A fading actor plans to revive his career with a Broadway production. Complexities appear when his co-actor forces him to hire a new actor. 

Cast – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

Screenwriter – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo

Director –  Alejandro G. Innarritu

  1. The Lives of Others (2007)

An agent of the secret police department goes on to sneak on a writer and his girlfriend. Ultimately he becomes obsessed with their lives. 

Cast – Ulrich Muhe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

Screenwriter and Director – Florian Henckel von Donnersmack 

  1. Nightcrawler (2014)

When a struggler is on the verge of desperation in his life, he finds out some tactics to make money by capturing photographs of the crime scenes.  

Cast – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed

Screenwriter and Director – Dan Gilroy

  1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Solomon Northup who is a free African-American man realizes that he has been abducted and sold into slavery.

Cast – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Screenwriter – John Ridley

Director – Steve McQueen

  1. The Big Short (2015)

A few finance experts predict the collapse of the US housing market. Doing this, they find out the flaws of the collapse. 

Cast – Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Michael Burry

Screenwriter – Charles Randolph, Adam McKay

Director – Adam McKay

  1. Moneyball (2011)

A baseball general manager and an economic graduate try to create a competitive sports team.

Cast – Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

Screenwriter – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Director – Bennett Miller

  1. Black Panther (2018)

After his father’s death, T’Challa is set to take over the reign but the powerful enemy threatens to attack his kingdom. 

Cast – Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan

Screenwriter – Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

Director – Ryan Coogler

  1. You Can Count On Me (2000)

An extremely protective single mother lives in a small town and works in a local bank. When her brother comes into their lives, things take a turn. 

Cast – Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Kenneth Lonergan

Screenwriter and Director – Kenneth Lonergan

  1. Boyhood (2014)

It depicts the life of Mason from his early childhood to adulthood. 

Cast – Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Screenwriter and Director – Richard Linklater

  1. Finding Nemo (2003)

A young clownfish is abducted in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney. His father embarks on a journey to bring him back home.

Cast – Albert Brooks (Voice), Ellen DeGeneres (Voice), Alexander Gould (Voice)

Screenwriter – Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds

Director – Andrew Stanton

  1. The Hurt Locker (2008)

During the Iraq War, Sergeant William James gets tasked with training a bomb disposal team. His approaches to teaching give rise to conflicts with his subordinates. 

Cast – Jeremey Renner, Guy Pearce, Anthony Mackie

Screenwriter – Mark Boal

Director – Kathryn Bigelow

  1. Roma (2018)

It tells the story of a middle-class family’s maid in the early 1970s. Complications arise as the film moves forward. 

Cast – Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Screenwriter and Director – Alfonso Cuaron

  1. The Wolf of Wall Streer (2013)

A novice stockbroker finds his way to the top by cheating his clients through his company. 

Cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Screenwriter – Terence Winter

Director – Martin Scorsese

  1. Hell or High Water (2016)

When they can’t afford to pay their mortgage, two ex-convicts set out to rob a local bank. 

Cast – Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Screenwriter – Taylor Sheridan

Director – David Mackenzie

  1. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Lee Chandler takes care of his 16-year-old nephew after his father dies. He comes to his hometown and revisits the past. 

Cast – Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges

Screenwriter and Director – Kenneth Lonergan

  1. A Separation (2011)

Dabbling between two difficult decisions, a married couple faces each other with questions about whether they should go to another country for their child’s development to stay home to take care of their Alzheimer’s patient father. 

Cast – Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

Screenwriter and Director – Asghar Farhadi

  1. Spirited Away (2001)

After her family moves into the suburbs, Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl learns they are surrounded by gods, witches, and spirits. 

Cast – Daveigh Chase (Voice), Suzanne Pleshette (Voice), Miyu Irino (Voice)

Screenwriter and Director – Hayao Miyazaki 

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Set in a dystopian world, a woman fights against the tyrannical ruler with a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max

Cast – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Screenwriters – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris

Director – George Miller

  1. Booksmart (2019)

Two best friends before their graduation decide not to follow their peers’ opinions and start enjoying their life. 

Cast – Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Screenwriter – Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman

Director – Olivia Wilde

  1. City of God (2002)

Brought up in a sadistic neighborhood, two boys choose different paths with one becoming a photographer and the other a drug dealer. 

Cast – Alice Braga, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino

Screenwriter – Braulio Mantovani

Directors – Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Miles Morales gets the superpower of saving the city. When he meets another version of himself, he is tasked to save the multiverse.

Cast – Shameik Moore (Voice), Jake Johnson (Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (Voice)  

Screenwriter – Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

Director – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

A struggling folk singer tries to maintain his artistic independence over the commercial needs of the industry. 

Cast – Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake

Screenwriters and Directors – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

  1. The King’s Speech (2010)

King George VI tries to overcome his stammering problem to rule the country during WWII.

Cast – Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

Screenwriter – David Seidler

Director – Tom Hooper

  1. Django Unchained (2012)

After being freed from slavery, Django is on the rescue of his wife under a hard-hearted plantation owner.

Cast – Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

Screenwriter and Director – Quentin Tarantino

  1. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

A gangster plans to rob three popular casinos in Las Vegas by making a group of eleven people. 

Cast – George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Screenwriter – Ted Griffin

Director – Steven Soderbergh 

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Frodo discovers a ring that belongs to Dark Lord Sauron. With his eight companions, he begins a journey to destroy the ring. 

Cast – Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Screenwriter – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Director – Peter Jackson 

  1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Without any direction in life, Shaun, a salesman suddenly falls into a situation where he has to deal with an entire community of zombies. 

Cast – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

Screenwriters – Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Director – Edgar Wright 

  1. Erin Brockovich (2000)

When a single mother finds out that the company where she works is poising a town’s water supply, she seeks justice.

Cast – Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Screenwriter – Susannah Grant

Director – Steven Soderbergh

  1. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

A teenager named Elio develops feelings and sexual relationships with his father’s temporary assistant, Oliver. Their relationship is temporary and they have to leave each other. 

Cast – Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer

Screenwriter – James Ivory

Director – Luca Guadagnino

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

When police officials can’t catch the culprit of her daughter’s murderer, she protests against them.

Cast – Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage

Screenwriter and Director – Martin McDonagh

  1. The Lobster (2015)

David has to find a partner in 45 days. Otherwise, he will be converted into an animal. 

Cast – Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux

Screenwriters – Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

Director – Yorgos Lanthimos

  1. The Prestige (2006)

To beat each other, two friends and fellow magicians fall into a battle to bring them fame with terrible consequences. 

Cast – Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson

Screenwriter – Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

Director – Christopher Nolan

  1. Midnight in Paris (2011)

A screenwriter spending time with his fiancee’s family mysteriously goes back to the past in 1920s Paris. 

Cast – Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates

Screenwriter and Director – Woody Allen

  1. The Master (2012)

It is difficult to cope with the post-war society for Freddie, a WWII veteran. But he finds solace when he comes across a religious movement. 

Cast – Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Screenwriter and Director – Paul Thomas Anderson

  1. Argo (2012)

Disguised in a Hollywood producer, a CIA agent plans to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the US hostage crisis in Iran in 1979. 

Cast – Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

Screenwriter – Chris Terrio

Director – Ben Affleck

  1. Y tu mama tambien (2001)

The two young boys embark on a journey with a gorgeous older woman and learn about life, friendship, and sex during the period.  

Cast – Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna

Screenwriter – Carlos Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron

Director – Alfonso Cuaron

  1. Phantom Thread (2017)

A meticulous dress designer’s lifestyle suddenly undergoes a drastic change when he falls for a waitress.  

Cast – Daniel Day-Lewis, Leslie Manville, Vicky Krieps

Screenwriter and Director – Paul Thomas Anderson

  1. Superbad (2007)

Before going to college, two high school boys get into trouble when the party goes wrong. 

Cast – Michael Cera, Jonah Hill

Screenwriter – Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Director – Greg Mottola

  1. Little Women (2019)

Going through inevitable ups and downs in their womanhood, the March sisters have to make significant decisions for their future. 

Cast – Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson,  Florence Pugh

Screenwriter and Director – Greta Gerwig

  1. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

An African-American detective embarks on a mission to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan gang. 

Cast – John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

Screenwriter – Charlie Wachtel, David Robinowitz, Kevin Willmott

Director – Spike Lee

  1. The Farewell (2019)

When the Chinese family learns that the grandmother is dying, they plan to prepare a wedding before her death. 

Cast – Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Screenwriter and Director – Lulu Wang 

  1. La La Land (2016)

By following their passion, a pianist and an actress fall for each other and break up consequently. 

Cast – Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Screenwriter and Director – Damien Chazelle

  1. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat, a Kazakh resident comes to the USA to make a documentary. He finds out the similarities between the USA and his own country. 

Cast – Sacha Baron Cohen, Pamela Anderson, Ken Davitian

Screenwriter – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer

Director – Larry Charles

  1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

When Andy’s friends discover that he is still a virgin at the age of 40, they help him to lose his virginity.

Cast – Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen

Screenwriter – Judd Apatow, Steve Carell

Director – Judd Apatow

  1. Ratatouille (2007)

A rat is highly aspiring to become a chef. But he realizes that people hate rats and don’t want to eat any food made by him.

Cast – Brad Garrett (Voice), Lou Romano (Voice), Patton Oswalt (Voice)

Screenwriter and Director – Brad Bird 

  1. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

A socially-awkward young man finds himself in a relationship with a sex doll. 

Cast – Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider

Screenwriter – Nancy Oliver

Director – Craig Gillespie

  1. Nomadland (2020)

After losing everything, a woman in her 60s embarks on a journey living like a nomad in a van. 

Cast –  Frances McDormand, David Strathairn

Screenwriter and Director – Chloe Zhao

  1. Winter’s Bone (2010)

An Ozark teenager takes care of her two young siblings after their criminal father disappeared. When she discovers that he put the house on bond, she embarks on a quest to find him.  

Cast – Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey

Screenwriter – Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Director –  Debra Granik

  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

After escaping from prison, three convicts search for a hidden treasure while a strict lawman is behind them. 

Cast – George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Screenwriters – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Director – Joel Coen 

  1. Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle is dumped by her boyfriend for a smarter girl. But she follows him to Harvard Law School to win him back. 

Cast – Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson

Screenwriter – Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith

Director – Robert Luketic

  1. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)   

After being released from the mental institution, Pat tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. But there’s more when he meets Tiffany. 

Cast – Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

Screenwriter and Director – David O. Russel


Where Get Out (2017) comes first in this list, Silver Linings Playbooks (2012) comes last but not least.

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It was a list of the 101 greatest screenplays ever written in the 21st century with broad detail so that you don’t need to look out for other articles to check the description of the film.  


Rabi Chatterjee

My love for films grew from the initial period of theatre life. Since then, I have become a big film-addicted person. After finishing almost over 4k movies in various languages, I see films as a remedy for the psychological well-being of a person. Watching movies, especially good movies, is like experiencing life through someone else. Founder at Filmo Maniac

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