WGA publishes list of 101 greatest screenplays of the 21st century
The Writers Guild of America (WGA, East and West) has published a list of what it considers to be the 101 greatest screenplays of the 21st century. Get out, an American horror thriller topped the list, followed closely by the Academy Award-winning romance The eternal sun of the flawless mind, the history of Facebook at the top of the charts Social network, and critically acclaimed Korean thriller Parasite.
WGA members weighed the craft on the genre while voting, celebrating the evolution of screenwriting and the skills of writers from several countries. That’s why several genres, like comedy and horror, which are often overlooked at award ceremonies, have landed high on the list, along with period dramas and biopics.
The Greatest Scenarios of the 21st Century, in Order of WGA Ranking
1. Get out, 2017
Topping the list of the biggest storylines is the American horror that follows the life of young African American Chris Washington as he takes new heights in his relationship with his boyfriend. [white] girlfriend Rose Armitage. The script for this dark comedy has been hailed for a difficult portrayal of racial stereotypes, skillfully blending comedy and social commentary and keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Get out was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut that made him the first black writer to win a Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2018.
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2. The Eternal Sun of the Spotless Spirit, 2004
This romantic sci-fi drama takes a look at the life of Clementine and Joel, who undergo a procedure to erase all memories of their relationship after a painful break-up. The film has been praised for delicately portraying the complexity, depth, and inevitable pain of relationships and heartbreak. Written by Charlie Kaufman, the imaginative screenplay earned the film several accolades, including an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2005.
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3. The social network, 2010
Based on the book Accidental billionaires, this film examines the life of second-year Harvard student and computer genius, Mark Zuckerberg, as he proposes a concept that would become a social media giant, Facebook. However, once he becomes one of the youngest billionaires of all time, Zuckerberg finds himself caught in a series of lawsuits, including one involving a former friend. The screenplay received critical acclaim for its clever writing, and the film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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4. Parasite, 2019
This dark satire explores the themes of greed, capitalism, and class discrimination that threaten to reverse the relationship between the poverty-stricken Kims who put themselves in the service of the wealthy Park family. The film immediately struck audiences and critics alike and praised for its clever portrayal of the parasitic nature of the rich and the struggles of the working class. The layered scenario of Bong Joon Hoon won the film multiple Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2020.
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5. No country for the elderly, 2007
Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, There is no country for old people tells the story of Llewelyn Moss, who finds herself trapped as a result of drug trafficking during a hunt. Unable to resist two million dollars, the hunter takes the money with him, only to be hunted down by a psychopathic killer named Chigurh. Also on his trail is an aging lawyer named Sheriff Bell with a dark secret of his own. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s grim storyline has been hailed for its cryptic and existential reflections interspersed with sudden outbursts of violence. The film also won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Other movies that made the list include Bad girls and Knives Out
Other highlights on the list include Spike Jonze Her, which tells the story of a man who falls in love with an operating system and that of Meg LeFauve Upside down, an animated film that tells the story of the emotions of a little girl who fights for control of her brain. Tina Fey’s iconic Bad girls and the spiritual spirit of Rian Johnson Knives Out are also among the films presented. Here are all of the movies that made the top 10 on the list:
1. Get Out (2017), by Jordan Peele
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), by Charlie Kaufman
3. The social network (2010), by Aaron Sorkin
4. Parasite (2019), by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won
5. No Country for Old Men (2007), by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
6. Moonlight (2016), by Barry Jenkins
7. There Will Be Blood (2007), by Paul Thomas Anderson
8. Inglorious Basterds (2009), by Quentin Tarantino
9. Almost Famous (2000), by Cameron Crowe
10. Souvenir (2000), by Christopher Nolan
See the full list here.
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