The best 21 screen writers

by silvia-ramosdebarton | created - 08 Jan 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2011 | Public

By Silvia Ramos de Barton Filmmaker and script writer Argentina

1. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...


2. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Legend of 1900 (1998), The Best Offer (2013) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

Cinema Paradiso, tardo 10 años en conseguir el dinero para filmarla....increible!!! pero lo logró. ES MI IDOLO ABSOLUTO SU TESON, NO ABANDONAR Y SEGUIR Y SEGUIR. Love Giuseppe

3. Eduardo Sacheri

Writer | El secreto de sus ojos

Eduardo Sacheri is a writer, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Secret in Their Eyes (2015) and Underdogs (2013).

Argentine Writer of El Secreto de sus Ojos, the film won the Oscar for Best Foreing Movie 2009.

4. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

Ladron de Bicicletas, inolvidable y tan actual...

5. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

En Ágora alcanza el sumun como winemaker, script writer, and intelectual. Congrats Alejandro!

6. Mateo Gil

Writer | Agora

Mateo Gil was born on September 23, 1972 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain as Francisco Mateo Gil Rodríguez. He is a writer and director, known for Agora (2009), Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Sea Inside (2004).

ÄGORA together with Alejandro Amenabar, EXQUISITE !

7. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

Belleza Americana, American Beauty, habla de la hipocresía de nuestros tiempos, de los cambios de valores, del odio a envejecer

8. Guillermo Arriaga

Writer | The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for Three Burials (2005), Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003).

The burnning Plain, me encantó, es un capo, Babel..

9. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

I love Cassandra Dream...and Match Point, two art pieces

10. Thea von Harbou

Writer | Metropolis

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), Spies (1928) and M (1931). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 in Berlin, Germany.

Spouse of Fritz Lang, was the writer of METROPOLIS, a genius

11. Peter Morgan

Writer | Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan was born on April 10, 1963 in London, England as Peter Julian Robin Morgan. He is a writer and producer, known for Frost/Nixon (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and The Queen (2006).

Hereafter, the Queen, one of the best nowadays

12. Alan Nourse

Writer | Out of the Unknown

Alan Nourse was born on August 11, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Alan Edward Nourse. He was an actor and writer, known for Out of the Unknown (1965), Ürtörténetek (1977) and Star Tonight (1955). He was married to Ann Jane Morton. He died on June 19, 1992 in Thorp, Washington, ...

THe Bladerunner writer wowoowo


14. Julius J. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Julius J. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). He was married to Ann Margot Laszlo and Frances Sage. He died on December 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, ...

One of the four writers of Casablanca

15. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


Escribio EL GRAN TRUCO, The Prestige, es un guión extraordinario, mágico, cultural, novelado alrededor de hechos reales como Tesla y la teletransportación. Un genio. Divina película. Tambien escribio Memento y El Origen, (Y Batman el caballero de la NOche)

16. Michael Ondaatje

Writer | The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje was born on September 12, 1943 in Colombo, Ceylon as Philip Michael Ondaatje. He is a writer, known for The English Patient (1996), Elimination Dance (1998) and The Offering (1966). He is married to Linda Spaulding.

The English Patient, one of my 5 favourite novels, the film is unforgettable, I saw it 9 times. The play, the music, the actors, the impossible love....

17. Richard Curtis

Writer | Love Actually

Richard Curtis was born on November 8, 1956 in Wellington, New Zealand as Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis. He is a writer and producer, known for Love Actually (2003), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and About Time (2013).

Writer of 4 weddings and a funeral, 4 bodas y un funeral fue un antes y un despues en las comedias romanticas

18. Sylvia Nasar

Writer | A Beautiful Mind

Sylvia Nasar was born on August 17, 1947 in Rosenheim, Germany. She is known for her work on A Beautiful Mind (2001), 1st Look (2011) and American Experience (1988).


19. Ted Tally

Writer | The Silence of the Lambs

Ted Tally was born on April 9, 1952 as Theodore Tally. He is known for his work on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Mission to Mars (2000).


20. Peter Shaffer

Writer | Amadeus

Educated St Paul's School & Trinity College, Cambridge. Worked in Aquisitions Dept. of New York Public Library and for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes before finding fame as playwright.


21. John Briley

Writer | Gandhi

John Briley was born on June 25, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA as John Richard Briley. He was a writer and producer, known for Gandhi (1982), Molokai (1999) and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992). He was married to Nancy Helmich Whitcomb , Dorothy Reichart and Valerie Belsky. He died on ...


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