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Writers Guild of America: 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

From the WGA website.

Announced on December 6, 2021.

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w/ most titles on the list:
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen = 4
Christopher Nolan = 4
Paul Thomas Anderson = 3
Alfonso Cuarón = 3
Quentin Tarantino = 3

  • Get Out

    1.Get Out

    Written by
    Jordan Peele

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2018
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2018

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Screenplay by
    Charlie Kaufman

    Story by
    Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2005
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2005

  • The Social Network

    3.The Social Network

    Screenplay by
    Aaron Sorkin

    Based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by
    Ben Mezrich

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2011
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2011
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2011

  • Parasite

    4.Parasite

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won

    Story by
    Bong Joon-ho

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2020
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2020

  • No Country for Old Men

    5.No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

    Based on the novel by
    Cormac McCarthy

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2008
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2008
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2008

  • Moonlight

    6.Moonlight

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Barry Jenkins

    Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by
    Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2017
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2017

  • There Will Be Blood

    7.There Will Be Blood

    Screenplay by
    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Based on the novel “Oil!” by
    Upton Sinclair

  • Inglourious Basterds

    8.Inglourious Basterds

    Written by
    Quentin Tarantino

  • Almost Famous

    9.Almost Famous

    Written by
    Cameron Crowe

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2001

  • Memento

    10.Memento

    ★★★★½

    Screenplay by
    Christopher Nolan

    Based on the short story by
    Jonathan Nolan

  • Adaptation.

    11.Adaptation.

    Screenplay by
    Charlie Kaufman & “Donald Kaufman”

    Based on the book “The Orchid Thief” by
    Susan Orlean

  • Bridesmaids

    12.Bridesmaids

    Written by
    Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo

  • Brokeback Mountain

    13.Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana

    Based on the short story by
    Annie Proulx

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2006
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2006
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2006

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    14.The Royal Tenenbaums

    Written by
    Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson

  • Sideways

    15.Sideways

    ★★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

    Based on the novel by
    Rex Pickett

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2005
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2005
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2005

  • Lady Bird

    16.Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    Written by
    Greta Gerwig

  • Her

    17.Her

    Written by
    Spike Jonze

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2014
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2014
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2014

  • Children of Men

    18.Children of Men

    Screenplay by
    Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby

    Based on the novel by
    P.D. James

  • Lost in Translation

    19.Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    Written by
    Sofia Coppola

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2004
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2004
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2004

  • Michael Clayton

    20.Michael Clayton

    Written by
    Tony Gilroy

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    21.Little Miss Sunshine

    Written by
    Michael Arndt

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2007
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2007

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    22.Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Written by
    Quentin Tarantino

    Winner:
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2020

  • Promising Young Woman

    23.Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    Written by
    Emerald Fennell

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2021
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2021

  • Juno

    24.Juno

    Written by
    Diablo Cody

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2008
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2008

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    25.The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Screenplay by
    Wes Anderson

    Story by
    Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

    Inspired by the writings of
    Stefan Zweig

    Winner:
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2015

  • The Dark Knight

    26.The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan

    Story by
    Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer

    Based upon Batman characters created by
    Bob Kane
    and published by DC Comics

  • Arrival

    27.Arrival

    Screenplay by
    Eric Heisserer

    Based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by
    Ted Chiang

    Winner:
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2017

  • Jojo Rabbit

    28.Jojo Rabbit

    ★★½

    Screenplay by
    Taika Waititi

    Based on the novel “Caging Skies” by
    Christine Leunens

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2020
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2020

  • Inside Out

    29.Inside Out

    Screenplay by
    Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley

    Original story by
    Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen

  • The Departed

    30.The Departed

    ★★★★★

    Screenplay by
    William Monahan

    Based on the motion picture “Infernal Affairs” written by
    Alex Mak & Felix Chong

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2007
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2007

  • Spotlight

    31.Spotlight

    Written by
    Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2016
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2016

  • Whiplash

    32.Whiplash

    Written by
    Damien Chazelle

  • Up

    33.Up

    Screenplay by
    Pete Docter & Bob Peterson

    Story by
    Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy

  • Mean Girls

    34.Mean Girls

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Tina Fey

    Based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by
    Rosalind Wiseman

  • WALL·E

    35.WALL·E

    Screenplay by
    Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon

    Story by
    Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    36.Pan's Labyrinth

    Written by
    Guillermo del Toro

  • Inception

    37.Inception

    ★★★★

    Written by
    Christopher Nolan

    Winner:
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2011

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    38.Slumdog Millionaire

    Screenplay by
    Simon Beaufoy

    Based on the novel “Q & A” by
    Vikas Swarup

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2009
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2009
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2009

  • Before Sunset

    39.Before Sunset

    Screenplay by
    Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke

    Story by
    Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

    Based on characters created by
    Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

  • In Bruges

    40.In Bruges

    Written by
    Martin McDonagh

  • Mulholland Drive

    41.Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Written by
    David Lynch

  • A Serious Man

    42.A Serious Man

    Written by
    Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

  • Amélie

    43.Amélie

    Screenplay by
    Guillaume Laurant

    Story by
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillaume Laurant

  • Toy Story 3

    44.Toy Story 3

    Screenplay by
    Michael Arndt

    Story by
    Lee Unkrich, John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton

  • The Favourite

    45.The Favourite

    ★★★★

    Written by
    Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara

  • Zodiac

    46.Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    Screenplay by
    James Vanderbilt

    Based on the book by
    Robert Graysmith

  • Gladiator

    47.Gladiator

    Screenplay by
    David Franzoni, John Logan & William Nicholson

    Story by
    David Franzoni

  • The Incredibles

    48.The Incredibles

    Written by
    Brad Bird

  • Knives Out

    49.Knives Out

    ★★★½

    Written by
    Rían Johnson

  • Ex Machina

    50.Ex Machina

    Written by
    Alex Garland

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    51.Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★½

    Written by
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bó

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2015
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2015

  • The Lives of Others

    52.The Lives of Others

    Written by
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

  • Nightcrawler

    53.Nightcrawler

    Written by
    Dan Gilroy

  • 12 Years a Slave

    54.12 Years a Slave

    Screenplay by
    John Ridley

    Based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by
    Solomon Northup

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2013

  • The Big Short

    55.The Big Short

    Screenplay by
    Adam McKay & Charles Randolph

    Based on the book by
    Michael Lewis

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2016
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2016

  • Moneyball

    56.Moneyball

    Screenplay by
    Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian

    Story by
    Stan Chervin

    Based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” by
    Michael Lewis

  • Black Panther

    57.Black Panther

    Written by
    Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole

    Based on the Marvel comics by
    Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

  • You Can Count on Me

    58.You Can Count on Me

    Written by
    Kenneth Lonergan

    Winner:
    • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award — Sundance Film Festival, 2000
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2000

  • Boyhood

    59.Boyhood

    Written by
    Richard Linklater

  • Finding Nemo

    60.Finding Nemo

    Screenplay by
    Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson & David Reynolds

    Original story by
    Andrew Stanton

  • The Hurt Locker

    61.The Hurt Locker

    Written by
    Mark Boal

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2010
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2010

  • Roma

    62.Roma

    ★★★★★

    Written by
    Alfonso Cuarón

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    63.The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Terence Winter

    Based on the book by
    Jordan Belfort

  • Hell or High Water

    64.Hell or High Water

    ★★★½

    Written by
    Taylor Sheridan

  • Manchester by the Sea

    65.Manchester by the Sea

    Written by
    Kenneth Lonergan

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2017

  • A Separation

    66.A Separation

    Written by
    Asghar Farhadi

  • Spirited Away

    67.Spirited Away

    Written by
    Hayao Miyazaki

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    68.Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    Written by
    George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nico Lathouris

  • Booksmart

    69.Booksmart

    ★★★½

    Written by
    Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel & Katie Silberman

  • City of God

    70.City of God

    Screenplay by
    Bráulio Montovani

    Based on the novel by
    Paulo Lins

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    71.Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Screenplay by
    Rodney Rothman & Phil Lord

    Story by
    Phil Lord

    Based on the Marvel comics

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    72.Inside Llewyn Davis

    Written by
    Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

  • The King's Speech

    73.The King's Speech

    Written by
    David Seidler

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2011

  • Django Unchained

    74.Django Unchained

    Written by
    Quentin Tarantino

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2013
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2013

  • Ocean's Eleven

    75.Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★

    Screenplay by
    Ted Griffin

    Based on a screenplay by
    Harry Brown & Charles Lederer
    and a story by
    George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    76.The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    Screenplay by
    Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens

    Based on the novel “The Fellowship of the Ring” by
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Shaun of the Dead

    77.Shaun of the Dead

    Written by
    Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg

  • Erin Brockovich

    78.Erin Brockovich

    Written by
    Susannah Grant

  • Call Me by Your Name

    79.Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Screenplay by
    James Ivory

    Based on the novel by
    André Aciman

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2018
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2018

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    80.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Written by
    Martin McDonagh

    Winner:
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2018
    • Best Screenplay — Venice Film Festival, 2017

  • The Lobster

    81.The Lobster

    Written by
    Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou

  • The Prestige

    82.The Prestige

    Screenplay by
    Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan

    Based on the novel by
    Christopher Priest

  • Midnight in Paris

    83.Midnight in Paris

    Written by
    Woody Allen

    Winner:
    Best Original ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2012
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2012
    • Best Original Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2012

  • The Master

    84.The Master

    Written by
    Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Argo

    85.Argo

    Screenplay by
    Chris Terrio

    Based on a selection from the book “The Master of Disguise” by
    Antonio J. Mendez
    and
    the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by
    Joshuah Bearman

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2013
    • Best Adapted Screenplay — Writers Guild of America, 2013

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    86.Y Tu Mamá También

    Written by
    Alfonso Cuarón & Carlos Cuarón

    Winner:
    • Best Screenplay — Venice Film Festival, 2001

  • Phantom Thread

    87.Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Written by
    Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Superbad

    88.Superbad

    ★★★★

    Written by
    Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

  • Little Women

    89.Little Women

    ★★★½

    Screenplay by
    Greta Gerwig

    Based on the novel by
    Louisa May Alcott

  • BlacKkKlansman

    90.BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★½

    Screenplay by
    Spike Lee, Charlie Watchel, David Rabinowitz & Kevin Willmott

    Based on the book by
    Ron Stallworth

    Winner:
    Best Adapted ScreenplayAcademy Awards, 2019

  • The Farewell

    91.The Farewell

    Written by
    Lulu Wang

  • La La Land

    92.La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Written by
    Damien Chazelle

    Winner:
    • Best Screenplay — Golden Globes, 2017

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    93.Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Screenplay by
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer

    Story by
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips

    Based on a character created by
    Sacha Baron Cohen

  • The 40 Year Old Virgin

    94.The 40 Year Old Virgin

    Written by
    Judd Apatow & Steve Carell

  • Ratatouille

    95.Ratatouille

    Screenplay by
    Brad Bird

    Original story by
    Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava & Jim Capobianco

  • Lars and the Real Girl

    96.Lars and the Real Girl

    Written by
    Nancy Oliver

  • Nomadland

    97.Nomadland

    ★★★½

    Screenplay by
    Chloé Zhao

    Based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by
    Jessica Bruder

  • Winter's Bone

    98.Winter's Bone

    Screenplay by
    Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

    Based on the novel by
    Daniel Woodrell

    Winner:
    • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award — Sundance Film Festival, 2010

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    99.O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Written by
    Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

    Based on “The Odyssey” by
    Homer

  • Legally Blonde

    100.Legally Blonde

    Screenplay by
    Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith

    Based on the novel by
    Amanda Brown