True Grit

Director:Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Written by:Joel Coen (Screenplay), Ethan Coen (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and adventure on the journey, and each has his or her “grit” tested.

Top 5 Westerns Scripts

Westerns and cowboy movies have enjoyed quite a prominent role throughout the history of Hollywood. These films, on one hand, depict the difficulties that were faced by the American frontier families and on the other, show us the distinctive lifestyle that existed during the Wild West era. Most of the Western classics usually focus on the life of a single cowboy or gunfighter, taking arms against a bunch of looters and plunderers. These films have distinctive soundtracks, accents and a storyline that has some elements in common with the mobster flicks.

Westerns have given some of the most memorable characters and most celebrated icons such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood to American cinema. The film usually revolves around the incidents happening in and affecting a small community of people settled in remote areas of America southern states, with the leading character usually a loner and a vagabond who is always shifting places. Even though these films are usually associated with specific time and place of American history, they are famous and enjoyed throughout the world.

Script of some of the most famous and cherished Western classics are available here:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Script (1966)
The Searchers Script (1956)
True Grit Script (1969)
The Wild Bunch Script (1969)
Unforgiven Script (1992)

Links to 2011 Oscar Nominee Scripts

‘Tis Oscar season and for those of us looking for scripts on the internet it’s a bonanza.  The studios, in their quest for nominations and awards, made their candidates’ scripts available (and in PDF no less !)  This year’s list of screenplay  candidates (original and adapted) almost matches the Best Picture nominee list. The exceptions are Black Swan which did not get a screenplay nod and Another Year which didn’t make it on the best picture list.

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Best Motion Picture of the Year