The Father of 'The Princess Bride'by yrnej | created - 20 Nov 2018 | updated - 20 Nov 2018 | Public
IMDb is saddened to announce the death of celebrated screenwriter and author William Goldman, at the age of 87. Goldman, the brother of Oscar-winning author James Goldman, is best known for his many classic screenplays, including Oscar-winners Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and All the President's Men (1976), but he also wrote some plays and 25 books, including novels, non-fiction and memoirs. His highly-recommended non-fiction books and memoirs are of particular interest to fans and scholars as they tell both juicy, behind-the-scenes stories and give practical advice on screenwriting.
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1. Harper (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.
Adapted from the novel by Ross Macdonald
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
Votes: 200,559 | Gross: $102.31M
Oscar-winning original screenplay, #216 on IMDb's Top Rated Movies list
3. The Hot Rock (1972)
PG | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...
Votes: 4,944 | Gross: $2.54M
Adapted from the novel by Donald E. Westlake
4. The Stepford Wives (1975)
PG | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.
Votes: 16,207 | Gross: $8.72M
Adapted from the novel by Ira Levin
5. The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama
After WW1, an ex-pilot takes up barn-storming and chance-meets a former German ace fighter pilot with whom he co-stars in Hollywood war movies depicting aerial dog-fights.
Votes: 5,333 | Gross: $20.64M
Screenplay based on an original story by director George Roy Hill
6. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 101,461 | Gross: $70.60M
7. Marathon Man (1976)
R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
A history student becomes caught in the middle of a dangerous international plot involving Nazis, stolen jewels, and government agents.
Votes: 57,653 | Gross: $21.71M
Adapted from his own novel
8. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
Votes: 51,600 | Gross: $50.80M
Adapted from the book by Cornelius Ryan
9. Magic (1978)
R | 107 min | Drama, Horror
A failed magician finds sudden stardom as a ventriloquist when he comes across a foul-mouthed dummy named Fats. But as the pressures of stardom mount, something strange begins to happen as the dummy takes control of his human.
Votes: 9,188 | Gross: $25.94M
Adapted from his own novel
10. The Princess Bride (1987)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
Votes: 390,071 | Gross: $30.86M
Adapted from his own novel, #213 on IMDb's Top Rated Movies list
11. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Votes: 182,229 | Gross: $61.28M
Adapted from the novel by Stephen King
12. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
After a freak accident, a yuppie turns invisible and runs from a treacherous CIA official, while trying to cope with his new life.
Votes: 22,520 | Gross: $14.36M
13. Year of the Comet (1992)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
What seemed to be a simple little trip becomes an international chase, when an extremely rare bottle of wine's discovered (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811). ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,493 | Gross: $2.79M
14. Chaplin (1992)
PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin.
Votes: 52,947 | Gross: $9.49M
15. Maverick (1994)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.
Votes: 100,811 | Gross: $101.63M
Original screenplay based on the TV show created by Roy Huggins
16. The Chamber (1996)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.
Votes: 12,548 | Gross: $14.55M
17. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.
Votes: 55,874 | Gross: $38.62M
18. Absolute Power (1997)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Votes: 50,019 | Gross: $50.01M
Adapted from the book by David Baldacci
19. The General's Daughter (1999)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.
Votes: 53,049 | Gross: $102.71M
20. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery
Widowed Liz Garfield and her son Bobby change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan enters their lives.
Votes: 36,349 | Gross: $24.19M
Adapted from the novel by Stephen King
21. Dreamcatcher (2003)
R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.
Votes: 88,302 | Gross: $33.72M
22. Wild Card (2015)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play...and it's all or nothing.
Votes: 50,691 | Gross: $0.00M
Adapted from his own novel Heat