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6 of WGA's 101 Greatest Screenplays Written by Women

by Kerensa Cadenas
February 28, 2013 2:15 PM
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It's A Wonderful Life Co-Written by Frances Goodrich

Another list and with that another sad feeling about women being underrepresented in film. This time around it's the Writers Guild of America's 101 Greatest Screenplays. The list has many screenplays with the original source material written by women; however, it does not have that many screenplays written by women.

Only 6 out of the 101 screenplays chosen were written by women, none of those cracked the top ten and only one the top twenty--It's A Wonderful Life co-written by Frances Goodrich.

What do you think are some of the greatest screenplays written by women? Let us know in the comments.

Below you can find the screenplays written by women from the WGA list with their ranking number.

20.  IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank Capra. Based on short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Contributions to screenplay Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling

25.  THE WIZARD OF OZ: Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum

40.  WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Written by Nora Ephron

65.  SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown

67.  E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: Written by Melissa Mathison

72.  THELMA & LOUISE: Written by Callie Khouri

101 Greatest Screenplays (Writers Guild of America)

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  • Silke Cecilia Schultz | February 28, 2013 7:32 PMReply

    How about these? Winter's Bone by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Shame by Abi Morgan, Erin Brockovich by Susannah Grant, The Piano by Jane Campion, American Psycho by Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron, Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola, Me and You and Everyone We Know by Miranda July, Whale Rider by Niki Caro, The Empire Strikes Back by Leigh Bracket.

  • VD | March 2, 2013 4:55 AM


  • CrumbThumber | March 1, 2013 8:35 AM

    I think some of those are fine screenplays, but most of those do not belong in the 101 greatest of all time. I could see arguments for Lost in Translation and maybe a few others, but at that point, you are trying to force women writers in just for the sake of having women writers.

    It would've been great if women had all the opportunities in Hollywood as they are beginning to have, but you can't rewrite history and disregard the history of cinema.

  • Gina | February 28, 2013 6:13 PMReply

    I thought Bridesmaids was good, but so was Lovely and Amazing, The Piano, Thirteen, and The Kids are Alright.

  • Brian | February 28, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    These are all obviously great scripts, but what are some other titles written by women that deserve to be here? I think it's not necessarily fair to suggest that any of these 6 are lower on the list because they were written by women.

  • Aaron | February 28, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    This list was voted upon by the members of the Writers Guild East and West, about a quarter of whom are women. So the problem isn't as much about the selection process for the list, which is about as fair as you can get given the gender mix of the membership, the problem – which is reflected by the list – is not enough women are getting work as writers in Hollywood.

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