Top 5 Heist Movie Scripts

This week, Scripts on Screen takes a look at classic heist films that have been the benchmark for high stakes crime capers.From banks, casinos to government offices, heist movies have been a great source of action and entertainment. And with a ragtag group of criminals taking on a job of a lifetime, the stakes have never been higher.

1. Heat Script (1995)
2. Sneakers Script (1992)
3. Ocean’s Eleven Script (2001)
4. Ronin Script (1998)
5. Dead Presidents (1995)

Star Wars Scripts

The most successful franchise ever, George Lucas’ Star Wars:

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Paul Haggis Scripts

What do Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005) have in common? Apart from being Oscar winners as Best picture, these two films share another trait- Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay for both these Film. He became the first screenwriter since 1950 to write two Oscar winning movies in Best film category back to back. Million Dollar Baby was the first released feature film that had a screenplay written by Haggis whereas Crash was his directorial debut.

Before starting his silver screen affair, Haggis wrote scripts of various TV series for more than two decades. His writing credit includes some very popular shows such as Chuck Norris’  Walker, Texas Ranger, Thirtysomething, The Facts of life and even the Scooby-doo show. His vast and diversified experience explains how he managed to write scripts that are totally different in terms of genre or structure. After Crash, he teamed up with Clint Eastwood and joined in the screenplay collaboration of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. The later one earned him a third Oscar nomination for screenplay.

He also wrote the screenplay of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the last two James Bond movies that gave a new life to this character. Being inspired by a Playboy article, Haggis wrote the script of In the Valley of Elah and also directed the movie himself. Without any doubt, this Canadian writer (and director also) has achieved a rare level of skill in his craft.

Here you can find all Paul Haggis movie scripts.

Million Dollar Baby Script

Crash Script

The Last Kiss Script

Flags of Our Fathers Screenplay

Casino Royale Script

Letters from Iwo Jima Script

In the Valley of Elah Script

Quantum of Solace Script


The Next Three Days Script

The Godfather Scripts

One of the only series of films that manged to create great sequels.

For Your Consideration – 2014

Its that time of year where studios are vying for award nominations and publish scripts for all to see. Official nominees will be announced Jan 16, 2014. Here is what we have so far:


  1. 42 Script written by Brian Helgeland
  2. Gravity Script written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
  3. Prisoners Script written by Aaron Guzikowski
  4. The Great Gatsby Script written by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
  5. Despicable Me 2 Script written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
  6. Lone Survivor Script written by Peter Berg
  7. Rush Script written by Peter Morgan
  8. Mud Script written by Jeff Nichols
  9. Before Midnight Script written by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy
  10. The Invisible Woman Script written by Abi Morgan
  11. Kill Your Darlings Script written by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn
  12. Wadjda Script written by Haifaa Al Mansour
  13. The Past Script written by Asghar Farhadi
  14. The Bling Ring Script written by Sofia Coppola
  15. The Spectacular Now Script written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  16. Spring Breakers Script written by Harmony Korine
  17. Enough Said Script written by Nicole Holofcener
  18. 12 Years A Slave Script written by John Ridley - winner best adapted screenplay and best picture
  19. The Way Way Back Script written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
  20. Lee Daniels’ The Butler Script written by Danny Strong
  21. One Chance Script written by Justin Zackham
  22. Fruitvale Station Script written by Ryan Coogler
  23. The Croods Script written by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
  24. The Place Beyond the Pines Script written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder
  25. Wreck-It Ralph Script
  26. Monsters University Script written by Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird & Dan Scanlon
  27. Frankenweenie Script written by John August
  28. Frozen Script written by Jennifer Lee
  29. August: Osage County Script by Tracy Letts
  30. Dallas Buyers Club Script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
  31. The Fifth Estate Script
  32. Nebraska Script by Robert W. Nelson
  33. Philomena Script by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  34. Short Term 12 by Destin Daniel Cretton
  35. The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter
  36. Labor Day Script by Jason Reitman
  37. Saving Mr. Banks Script by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
  38. All Is Lost Script by J.C. Chandor

Meryl Streep Scripts

merylstreep-oscarMeryl Streep has a career of over 40 years and is considered by many one of the greats. She has been nominated for an oscar 17 times and won 3 times. The following is her filmography and links to scripts when available.









  1. (1977) Julia Script
  2. (1978) The Deer Hunter Script
  3. (1979) Manhattan Script
  4. (1979) The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  5. (1979) Kramer vs. Kramer Script
  6. (1981) The French Lieutenant’s Woman Script
  7. (1982) Still of the Night
  8. (1982) Sophie’s Choice
  9. (1983) Silkwood Script
  10. (1984) Falling in Love
  11. (1985) Plenty
  12. (1985) Out of Africa Script
  13. (1986) Heartburn Script
  14. (1987) Ironweed
  15. (1988) A Cry in the Dark
  16. (1989) She-Devil
  17. (1990) Postcards from the Edge
  18. (1991) Defending Your Life
  19. (1991) Age 7 in America
  20. (1992) Death Becomes Her Script
  21. (1993) The House of the Spirits
  22. (1994) The River Wild
  23. (1995) The Bridges of Madison County Script
  24. (1996) Before and After
  25. (1996) Marvin’s Room
  26. (1998) Dancing at Lughnasa
  27. (1998) One True Thing
  28. (1999) Music of the Heart Script
  29. (2001) A.I. Artificial Intelligence Script
  30. (2002) Adaptation Script
  31. (2002) The Hours Script
  32. (2003) Stuck on You
  33. (2004) The Manchurian Candidate Script
  34. (2004) Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  35. (2005) Prime
  36. (2006) A Prairie Home Companion
  37. (2006) The Music of Regret
  38. (2006) The Devil Wears Prada Script
  39. (2006) The Ant Bully Script
  40. (2007) Dark Matter
  41. (2007) Evening
  42. (2007) Rendition
  43. (2007) Lions for Lambs
  44. (2008) Mamma Mia!
  45. (2008) Doubt Script
  46. (2009) Julie & Julia Script
  47. (2009) Fantastic Mr. Fox Script
  48. (2009) It’s Complicated Script
  49. (2010) Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life
  50. (2011) The Iron Lady Script
  51. (2012) Hope Springs
  52. (2013) August: Osage County


Lee Unkrich Scripts

As one of the profound minds working behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios, Lee Unkrich can easily be considered a pioneer (as most of the staff are) in the field of animation. Although his directing resume is small, each film has already become a household name across America and throughout the world. The devotion and time that goes into each project can not be overemphasized as Unkrich is responsible for the work of tons of animators and writers in addition to being held accountable to his co-directing partner. Needless to say, Unkrich has got one of the hardest jobs in America; yet, also one of the most fulfilling.

His educational background is impressive as he studied film at the University of Southern California before starting his position at Pixar Animation Studios. All in all, Unkrich’s life is proof that education does count for something, even in the film industry. Many jobs that exist in the film industry rely on the latest technological advancements and college level intellect in order to create something to impress the increasingly smarter, internet-savvy film goers that are now erupting in this new age. Any person who wishes to follow in Unkrich’s shoes will do well to study and develop responsibility to last them in this field.


  1. (2010) Toy Story 3 Script 
  2. (2003) Finding Nemo Script
  3. (2001) Monsters, Inc.
  4. (1999) Toy Story 2 Script

Bryan Cranston Scripts

Although best known for his television role as chemistry teacher Walter White on AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad (2008-present); Bryan Cranston has had a fulfilling career as a film actor as well. Cranston has showcased his talents in a variety of well known (as well as underground) pop favorites such as Drive (2011) and the Academy Award winning war epic Saving Private Ryan (1998).
His career has been littered with television show roles as well as stints of voice acting in hit shows from Adult Swim and Fox. The actor has proven himself in many different genres and has now made a huge impression in his television acting performances.
Cranston’s career is a wonderful reminder of how important diversifying is in the artistic industry. As many a wise man will tell you- don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If Cranston had focused on a film career, voice acting career or a television acting career solitarily, he may not have reached the success that he is reaping at this moment. The many diversified opportunities gave him plenty of opportunity to be heard and seen by the public. In addition, the experience gained from working on different types of sets have molded him into a better actor to work with and to see.
There is no excuse for not trying new things. It may be the thing to save your career in the art industry.


  1. (2012) Argo Script
  2. (2012) Total Recall Script
  3. (2012) Rock of Ages
  4. (2012) John Carter
  5. (2012) Red Tails
  6. (2011) Contagion Script
  7. (2011) Larry Crowne Script
  8. (2011) Leave
  9. (2011) Drive Script
  10. (2011) Detachment
  11. (2011) The Lincoln Lawyer Script
  12. (2010) Love Ranch
  13. (2007) Hard Four
  14. (2006) Dark Mind
  15. (2006) Little Miss Sunshine Script
  16. (2004) Illusion
  17. (2004) Seeing Other People
  18. (2000) Terror Tract
  19. (2000) The Prince of Light
  20. (2000) The Big Thing
  21. (1999) Last Chance
  22. (1998) Saving Private Ryan Script
  23. (1997) Strategic Command
  24. (1996) Street Corner Justice
  25. (1996) That Thing You Do! [Transcript]
  26. (1994) Clean Slate
  27. (1994) Erotique
  28. (1991) Dead Space
  29. (1990) Corporate Affairs
  30. (1988) The Big Turnaround
  31. (1987) Amazon Women on the Moon
  32. (1987) Wings of Honneamise

Online Scripts Index Updated

The Movie Scripts and Screenplays Index has been updated significantly in the past month. There are over 2700 films indexed. On the flip side there are still many stale links to be removed or replaced. I have a backlog of work to do to update the index further. Enjoy browsing…..

New Despicable Me

dm2 The Despicable Me sequel is out and topped the box office this week. Here is the script for the original: