Screenplay Writers

Throughout history, there have been many screenplay writers who have contributed greatly to their field. The list includes many familiar and great screenplay writers, such as John Krasinski, Quentin Tarantino, Roald Dahl, Emilio Estevez and John Cleese.
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 1 Roald Dahl

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

 2 John Krasinski

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Famous As: Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
The charming actor John Krasinski is best recognised for playing Jim Halpert in the famous American television show, The Office. Apart from working in numerous other film and television projects as well as commercials, John Krasinski further cemented his position in the entertainment world by branching out into writing, producing and directing movies like The Promised Land and The Hollars.
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 3 Quentin Tarantino

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Famous As: Fimmaker
Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popular film director, screenwriter, and producer, Quentin Tarantino, first rose to fame as an independent filmmaker in the early 1990s. His films are known for their nonlinear story-lines and neo-noir elements and have garnered both critical and commercial success. He is the winner of two Academy Awards and has been called "the single most influential director of his generation."

 4 Herman J. Mankiewicz

Herman J. Mankiewicz
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1953
Herman J. Mankiewicz is remembered for co-writing the screenplay for the film Citizen Kane. He had also worked for the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. He came to be known for his signature witty humor, known as "Mankiewicz humor” and inspired the 2020 Netflix biopic Mank

 5 Ethan Hawke

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

American actor, Ethan Hawke, is an acclaimed artist and has had a successful career. His breakthrough role was of a school student in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. Training Day, First Reformed, Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight are some of his critically appreciated movies. He has also directed several films and acted in many stage productions.

 6 Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Emilio Estevez is known for acting in movies like The Mighty Ducks, The Breakfast Club and Repo Man as well as Bobby and The Public, the last two of which he also wrote and directed. One of the members of 1980s Brat Pack group of actors, he has also directed television shows like CSI: NY and appeared in music videos.

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 7 Shonda Rhimes

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Famous As: Television Producer
Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

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 8 Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola
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Famous As: FilmMaker
Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers ever, Francis Ford Coppola was a prominent figure in the Hollywood Renaissance filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A much revered and celebrated filmmaker, he is credited with directing some of the greatest films of all time, including The Godfather movie series.

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 9 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 10 John Cleese

John Cleese
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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: October 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Before stepping into sketch comedy with Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese wrote scripts for Broadway and West End shows. A Cambridge law graduate, John has had a species of lemurs named after him, owing to his love for the animal. His dark humor is part of his signature style.
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 11 David E. Kelley

David E. Kelley
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Famous As: Film producer, Screenwriter, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 12 Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Television director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: July 2, 2016

 13 Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson
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Famous As: Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: New Zealander

New Zealand director/producer Peter Jackson is best known for his three-time Academy Award-winning work in The Return of the King, the third part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The third-highest-grossing director ever, he is also the man behind The Hobbit trilogy and the 2005 film King Kong

 14 Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Birthdate: June 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Joss Whedon is best known for creating the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. He has directed the Marvel film The Avengers and its sequel. He co-wrote Justice League and Toy Story. He has also created various comic book series, such as Astonishing X-Men, and owns two production houses.

 15 Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman
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Famous As: screenwriter, film producer, film director, writer
Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 16 Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Oliver Stone is a filmmaker best known for his trilogy of war films, which he made based on his own experience in the Vietnam War, where he served as an infantry soldier. Known for making controversial films based on political issues, he is often criticized for misrepresenting real-world events and promoting conspiracy theories in his films.

 17 Denis Villeneuve

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

Known for directing critically acclaimed movies, such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was adjudged Filmmaker of the Decade in 2019 by the Hollywood Critics Association. One of the most popular and respected filmmakers of the current generation, Denis Villeneuve's films have had a major impact all over the world.

 18 Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre
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Famous As: Writer, Television Producer, Director
Birthdate: October 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Chuck Lorre is an American actor, composer, and television director. Referred to as the King of Sitcoms throughout the 2010s, Lorre is credited with creating popular sitcoms, such as The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Dharma & Greg, The Kominsky Method, and Young Sheldon.

 19 Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 20 Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton
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Famous As: Author, Screenwriter, Film Director
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 4, 2008

Michael Crichton was an American filmmaker and author. He wrote several science-fiction books, which have sold more than 200 million copies. Many of his books, such as The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Sun, and Disclosure, have been adapted into highly successful films. He is also credited with creating the popular medical drama TV series, ER.

 21 Adam McKay

Adam McKay
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 22 Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Famous As: Writer, Director, Producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 5, 1993

 23 Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2012
Ray Bradbury is best remembered for his writings in the science-fiction, mystery, and horror genres, the most notable being the short story anthology Martian Chronicles and the novel Fahrenheit 451. He also contributed to the screenplays of various series and films, and won an Emmy for writing The Halloween Tree.

 24 Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: September 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. One of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, Noah Baumbach has received Academy Award nominations for films, such as Marriage Story and The Squid and the Whale. His style of filmmaking is cited as an influence by many aspiring filmmakers.

 25 Nora Ephron

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

 26 Gore Vidal

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Birthdate: October 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 2012

Gore Vidal was an American intellectual and writer. He served as a major inspiration to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as he was openly bisexual and often incorporated LGBT characters in his novels, which was very unusual at the time. He was also known for his debates with William F. Buckley Jr., which inspired the 2015 documentary film Best of Enemies.

 27 Donald P. Bellisario

Donald P. Bellisario
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television producer, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: August 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Sajid Nadiadwala

Sajid Nadiadwala
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Famous As: film producer
Birthdate: March 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 29 Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry
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Birthdate: August 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1991
TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, also produced its spin-offs. He was the first TV writer to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His ashes were flown into space.

 30 Greg Daniels

Greg Daniels
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Eric Kripke

Eric Kripke
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television director, Film director
Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director
Birthdate: April 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish
Died: December 22, 1989

 33 Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist
Birthdate: December 9, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 10, 1976

 34 David Mamet

David Mamet
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Birthdate: November 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 35 Nick Castle

Nick Castle
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Film actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 36 Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director
Birthdate: January 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian

 37 Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh
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Famous As: Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish, British

 38 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 39 Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini
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Famous As: Film Director and Scriptwriter
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 31, 1993

 40 Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 41 Amy Sherman-Palladino

Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Ash Baron-Cohen

Ash Baron-Cohen
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, film editor
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Nationality: British

 43 Wyatt Cooper

Wyatt Cooper
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1978

 44 Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: August 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 45 Peter Marc Jacobson

Peter Marc Jacobson
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Television actor, Film actor, Film director, Actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Shane Black

Shane Black
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 47 Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Dancer, Writer, Blogger, Journalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 48 David Chase

David Chase
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: August 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 James L. Brooks

James L. Brooks
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Writer
Birthdate: May 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 50 Martha Fiennes

Martha Fiennes
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, writer
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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