Film Scripts with Great Dialogue

Dialogues are just one of the many mechanisms that can move the plot forward. For some screenwriters though, it doesn’t seem to be a resource, but their chief weapon. While Quentin Tarantino may have become the ultimate modern reference, many other authors have also forged a reputation as masters of dialogue.

Aaron Sorkin has compared dialogue to music. There is indeed a rhythmic nature in the way his characters interact: from courtroom battles to rapid-fire Harvard computing chatter, Sorkin enjoys taking his characters to the limit not by physical, but argumentative exhaustion.

Always proud of his origins, Kevin Smith often uses real life friends as direct models for his characters. The Star Wars exchange in Clerks is both hilarious and genuine: Smith wasn’t afraid of driving the plot with the same kind of conversations he’d have with his own buddies- expletives and pop culture references included.

Which brings us to Richard Linklater, who inspired Smith to start his career. Watching Slacker or the Before trilogy, one might feel that those conversations are going nowhere. But they’re slowly, cleverly taking us to the next point.

Conversations are dynamic, and so are film dialogues, which are as diverse as the minds that crafted them. They can introduce us to the main conflict (Glengarry Glenn Ross), read a character’s thoughts for us (Juno, Fight Club), make outlaws be likable (Point Break, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) or just captivate us through absency (enjoy The Artist and There Will Be Blood’s brilliant opening!).

Some other examples of films with great dialogues are:

(1942) Casablanca 

(1949) The Third Man

(1972) The Godfather

(1974) Chinatown

(1976) Taxi Driver

(1979) Manhattan 

(1985) The Breakfast Club 

(1989) Do The Right Thing

(1991) The Silence of the Lambs

(1994) Pulp Fiction

(1996) Fargo  

(1997) Chasing Amy

(1997) As Good as it Gets  

(1999) American Beauty

(2006) Little Miss Sunshine

(2011) Moneyball 

Steve Jobs Script

Year:2015
Director:Danny Boyle
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Writer), Walter Isaacson (Book)

Script Synopsis:Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
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Malice Script

Year:1993
Director:Harold Becker
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay), Scott Frank (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches infants, Andy's a college professor. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.
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Moneyball

Year:2011
Director:Bennett Miller
Written by:Stan Chervin (Story), Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay), Steven Zaillian (Screenplay), Michael Lewis (Novel)

Script Synopsis:The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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The Social Network

Year:2010
Director:David Fincher
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay), Ben Mezrich (Novel)

Script Synopsis:On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among friends soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
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The American President

Year:1995
Director:Rob Reiner
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Widowed U.S. president Andrew Shepherd, one of the world's most powerful men, can have anything he wants -- and what he covets most is Sydney Ellen Wade, a Washington lobbyist. But Shepherd's attempts at courting her spark wild rumors and decimate his approval ratings.
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Charlie Wilson’s War

Year:2007
Director:Mike Nichols
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A drama based on Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
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A Few Good Men

Year:1992
Director:Rob Reiner
Written by:Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
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Aaron Sorkin Movie Scripts

Aaron Sorkin is revered as one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood. Despite his initial background as an actor, his unmatched skill for writing has made him one of the most sought after cinematic scribes in the world.

After writing the modern classic A Few Good Men (1992), Sorkin quickly climbed the ranks of showbusiness by using television as a means of showcasing his knack for sharp dialogue and strong, intelligent characters.

More popularly recognized for his work in the West Wing, Sorkin had only recently begun turning his skills back towards the big screen. Here is a collection of Sorkin’s feature-length screenplays:

1.The Social Network Script (2010)
2. Charlie Wilson’s War Script (PDF) (2007)
3. The American President Script (1995)
4. Malice Script (1993)
5. A Few Good Men Script (1992)