Writers

by aissaguzman | created - 09 Apr 2020 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

1. Tracy Oliver

Writer | Girls Trip

Tracy Oliver is a producer and writer, known for Girls Trip (2017), First Wives Club (2019) and Little (2019).

2. Tina Gordon

Writer | What Men Want

Tina Gordon is a writer and director, known for What Men Want (2019), Drumline (2002) and ATL (2006).

3. Numa Perrier

Producer | Jezebel

Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier is an actress, writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She produces and develops TV and film projects under her production banner House of Numa. She trained in acting under Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Polina Klimovitskaya...

4. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.

Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. ...

5. Beau Willimon

Writer | The Ides of March

Beau Willimon is a writer and producer, known for The Ides of March (2011), House of Cards (2013) and Mary Queen of Scots (2018).

6. Misha Green

Writer | Lovecraft Country

Misha Green is a writer and producer, known for Lovecraft Country (2020), Underground (2016) and Helix (2014).

7. Emily Carmichael

Writer | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Emily Carmichael was born and raised in New York City. She was the top-ranked English student in her graduating class at Stuyvesant High School, and shared the second-place ranking in Physics with one other student.

As a teenager, she contributed two essays ("Fight Girl Power" and "Acid Torches of ...

8. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

9. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...

10. Emerald Fennell

Writer | Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell was born on October 1, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England as Emerald Lilly Fennell. She is an actress and writer, known for Promising Young Woman (2020), The Crown (2016) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Chris Vernon. They have one child.

11. Jessica Bendinger

Writer | Bring It On

Jessica Bendinger was born on November 10, 1966 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Bring It on (2000), Stick It (2006) and Aquamarine (2006).

12. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

13. Alma Reville

Writer | Suspicion

Alma Reville was born on August 14, 1899 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Alma Lucy Reville. She is known for her work on Suspicion (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and The 39 Steps (1935). She was married to Alfred Hitchcock. She died on July 6, 1982 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, ...

14. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

15. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

16. René Clair

Writer | Le silence est d'or

René Clair was born on November 11, 1898 in Paris, France as René-Lucien Chomette. He was a writer and director, known for Man About Town (1947), Beauties of the Night (1952) and The Grand Maneuver (1955). He was married to Bronia Clair. He died on March 15, 1981 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...

17. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

18. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

19. Lorene Scafaria

Producer | Hustlers

Lorene Scafaria is a producer and writer, known for Hustlers (2019), Coherence (2013) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).

20. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

21. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

22. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Spider-Man (2002).

23. Katie Silberman

Writer | Booksmart

Katie Silberman is known for her work on Booksmart (2019), Set It Up (2018) and Isn't It Romantic (2019).

24. Robert Towne

Writer | Chinatown

Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest ...

25. Kenneth Lonergan

Writer | Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His film, You Can Count on Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film ...

26. Herman J. Mankiewicz

Writer | Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...

27. D.B. Weiss

Producer | Game of Thrones

D.B. Weiss was born on April 23, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Brett Weiss. He is a producer and writer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Dirty White Boys and Untitled Lovecraft Project. He is married to Andrea Troyer.

28. John Singleton

Writer | Boyz n the Hood

Son of Danny Singleton, a mortgage broker, and Sheila Ward, a pharmaceutical company sales executive, and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC, after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three ...

29. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May (born under the name Elaine Iva Berlin) is an American actress, comedian, film director, playwright, and screenwriter from Philadelphia. Her professional career started in the 1950s and is still ongoing. She has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. She ...

30. Brian Kehoe

Writer | Blockers

Brian Kehoe is a writer and director, known for Blockers (2018), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) and Top of the Food Chain.

32. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

33. 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).

34. Nancy Meyers

Writer | It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Complicated (2009), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Holiday (2006). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.

35. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

36. Mark Fergus

Writer | Children of Men

Mark Fergus is a writer and producer, known for Children of Men (2006), The Expanse (2015) and Iron Man (2008).

37. Pamela Ribon

Writer | Moana

Pamela Ribon was born on April 4, 1975 in the USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Moana (2016), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Samantha Who? (2007). She is married to Jason W. Upton. They have one child. She was previously married to Stephen Falk.

38. Burny Mattinson

Writer | The Great Mouse Detective

Burny Mattinson's helmed the Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette "Mickey's Christmas Carol." In 1986, wrote, produced and directed "The Great Mouse Detective." Mattinson's worked on"Sleeping Beauty," "101 Dalmatians," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats" and "...

39. Noël Coward

Writer | In Which We Serve

Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...

40. Isa Mazzei

Writer | Cam

Isa Mazzei is a writer, known for Cam (2018), Faces of Death and 50 States of Fright (2020).

41. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his ...

42. Adele Lim

Writer | Crazy Rich Asians

Adele Lim was born in Malaysia. She is known for her work on Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Life on Mars (2008) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

43. Gareth Evans

Writer | Serbuan maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

44. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...

45. David E. Talbert

Writer | Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

An imaginative auteur breaking boundaries with his pioneering works in theater, film and literature, David E. Talbert is a brilliant force in the entertainment industry.

Born into a family of pastors and preachers, Talbert learned early on that comedy and drama were essentially two sides of the same...

46. Christopher Landon

Writer | Freaky

Christopher Landon was born on February 27, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Christopher Beau Landon. He is a writer and producer, known for Freaky (2020), Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) and Happy Death Day 2U (2019).

47. Scott Lobdell

Writer | Happy Death Day

He is mostly known for his work throughout the 1990s on Marvel's X-Men related titles, specifically Uncanny X-Men, the main title itself, and the spin-off series that he conceived with artist Chris Bachalo, Generation X. Generation X focused on a number of young mutant students who attempted to ...

48. Kristin Rusk Robinson

Writer | Life as We Know It

Writing partner is Ian Deitchman.

49. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

50. Justin Simien

Writer | Dear White People

Justin Simien is a writer and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Dear White People (2017) and Bad Hair (2020).

51. Oscar Micheaux

Writer | Within Our Gates

Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche ...

52. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | The Secret Life of Bees

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

53. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter is the Oscar®-winning director of "Monsters, Inc.," "Up," and "Inside Out," and Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios. He is currently directing Pixar's feature film "Soul" with producer Dana Murray, which is set to release June 19, 2020.

Starting at Pixar in 1990 as the ...

54. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

55. Kemp Powers

Writer | One Night in Miami...

Kemp Powers is a writer and director, known for One Night in Miami... (2020), Soul (2020) and Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

56. Gina Wendkos

Writer | Coyote Ugly

Gina Wendkos is a writer and producer, known for Coyote Ugly (2000), The Perfect Man (2005) and The Princess Diaries (2001).

57. Amy Heckerling

Writer | Clueless

Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and people started to take notice. In 1985, ...

58. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Westworld

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

60. Christina Hodson

Writer | Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Christina Hodson is a writer and producer, known for Birds of Prey (2020), Bumblebee (2018) and Shut In (2016).

61. William Goldman

Writer | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in ...

62. Shane Black

Writer | The Nice Guys

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

63. Jennifer Lee

Writer | Frozen

Jennifer Lee was born on October 22, 1971 in Barrington. Rhode Island, USA as Jennifer Michelle Rebecchi. She is a writer and producer, known for Frozen (2013), Frozen II (2019) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

64. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

65. Jeanette Dilone

Actress | Rizo

Jeanette Dilone is an actress and writer, known for Rizo (2020), Homeland (2011) and Exposed (2016).

66. Shaka King

Director | Judas and the Black Messiah

Shaka King is a director and writer, known for Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), Newlyweeds (2013) and Mulignans (2015).

67. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

68. Kelly Reichardt

Director | Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in ...

69. Damien Chazelle

Writer | Whiplash

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

70. Eric Pearson

Writer | Thor: Ragnarok

Eric Pearson is known for his work on Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Widow (2021) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021).



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