Greatest Biopic Film Scripts

It is said that truth is stranger than fiction, which is why cinema owes a lot of its greatest accomplishments to reality. Biographical films are a special breed among movies based in true events, because they try to portray the evolution of real life characters through the most important events of their lives.

It’s a daunting task for the screenwriter, sometimes hard-pressed to fit decades of life into roughly 100-120 pages. That is probably why biopics often become monumental projects that bring the audience to a fast paced journey across a bunch of dissimilar environments.

But they are often the stories of those who shaped the world- for better or worse. And well written biopics seem to generally succeed in fulfilling the demands of reviewers and audiences alike. They are a challenge for the performer as well, compelled to carry most of the narrative weight through the whole shooting process. However, those efforts are often rewarded with wide recognition, and the Academy seems to have a certain weakness for biographical dramas.

A lot of moviegoers feel an inherent curiosity about watching the tale of a notorious figure in the big screen, and the list of famous –or infamous- individuals whose life has been adapted into a film keeps growing.

Here are some of the most acclaimed biopic film scripts of all time:

(1960) Spartacus

(1962) Lawrence of Arabia

(1967) Bonnie and Clyde

(1972) Lady Sings the Blues

(1980) Raging Bull

(1980) The Elephant Man

(1982) Gandhi

(1984) Amadeus

(1987) The Last Emperor

(1990) Goodfellas

(1992) Malcolm X

(1992) Chaplin

(1994) Ed Wood

(1995) Braveheart

(2001) A Beautiful Mind

(2002) Catch me if you Can

(2005) Walk the Line

(2010) The Social Network

(2014) The Theory of Everything

Martin Sheen’s Many Movies

640px-Sheen,_Martin_(2008)One of the finest actors in recent decades, on both the big and small screens, Martin Sheen has multiple Emmy (10 nominations, 1 win) and Golden Globe (8 nominations) nominations and awards.

Born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, he suffered an injury at birth that left one of his arms inches shorter than the other, and with limited range of motion. Growing up one of ten children in Dayton, Estevez wanted to be an actor, despite opposition from his father. In his early 20s he borrowed money from a Catholic priest and moved to New York City to pursue a career, after deliberately failing the entrance exam for the University of Dayton.

Over his career to date Sheen has narrated or appeared in 115 feature films, narrated or appeared in 41 documentaries and starred or guest starred in 33 television shows. That has not stopped him, however, from his political and social activism. In fact, Sheen is quoted as saying that “While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive.”

His political activities have caused him to be arrested 66 times (as of 2010) for protesting and acts of civil disobedience, including trespassing at a Nevada nuclear site.

Sheen has shown himself capable of playing presidents, priests and privates, generals, gangsters and grandfathers. Here’s looking forward to many more scripts to come.

This is the master list of Sheen’s commercial movies.

  1. (2014) The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  2. (2014) Trash
  3. (2014) The 33
  4. (2014) Unity
  5. (2012) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Script
  6. (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man
  7. (2012) Bhopal: Prayer for Rain
  8. (2011) Stella Days
  9. (2011) The Double
  10. (2010) The Way
  11. (2009) Echelon Conspiracy
  12. (2009) Love Happens
  13. (2009) Imagine That Script
  14. (2009) The Kid: Camacho
  15. (2008) A Single Woman
  16. (2007) Talk To Me Script
  17. (2007) Bordertown
  18. (2007) Flatland: The Movie
  19. (2006) The Departed Script
  20. (2006) Bobby
  21. (2004) Jerusalemski sindrom
  22. (2003) Mercy of the Sea
  23. (2003) The Commission
  24. (2002) Catch Me if You Can
  25. (2001) O Script
  26. (1999) Ninth Street
  27. (1999) Lost & Found Script
  28. (1999) Storm
  29. (1999) A Texas Funeral
  30. (1998) Family Attraction
  31. (1998) Stranger in the Kingdom
  32. (1998) Gunfighter
  33. (1998) Monument Ave.
  34. (1998) Shadrach
  35. (1998) A Letter from Death Row
  36. (1998) Free Money
  37. (1998) No Code of Conduct
  38. (1998) The Thin Red Line Script
  39. (1997) Truth or Consequences, N.M Script
  40. (1997) An Act of Conscience
  41. (1997) Hostile Waters
  42. (1997) Spawn Script
  43. (1996) The War at Home Script
  44. (1996) Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Script
  45. (1996) Project ALF
  46. (1995) The American President Script
  47. (1995) Sacred Cargo
  48. (1995) Dillinger and Capone
  49. (1995) Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys
  50. (1995) A Hundred and One Nights
  51. (1995) The Break
  52. (1995) Dead Presidents Script
  53. (1995) Gospa
  54. (1994) Guns of Honor
  55. (1994) Hits!
  56. (1994) Grey Knight
  57. (1994) Boca
  58. (1993) When the Bough Breaks
  59. (1993) My Home, My Prison
  60. (1993) Ghost Brigade (aka The Killing Box)
  61. (1993) Fortunes of War
  62. (1993) Hear No Evil
  63. (1993) Hot Shots! Part Deux
  64. (1993) Gettysburg Script
  65. (1993) A Matter of Justice
  66. (1992) Running Wild
  67. (1992) Original Intent
  68. (1991) Touch and Die
  69. (1991) The Maid
  70. (1991) JFK Script
  71. (1990) Cadence
  72. (1989) Marked for Murder
  73. (1989) Cold Front
  74. (1989) Beverly Hills Brats
  75. (1989) Nightbreaker
  76. (1989) Beyond the Stars
  77. (1988) Da
  78. (1988) Judgment in Berlin
  79. (1987) The Believers
  80. (1987) Siesta
  81. (1987) Wall Street Script
  82. (1986) A State of Emergency
  83. (1986) Shattered Spirits
  84. (1985) The Fourth Wise Man
  85. (1984) Firestarter
  86. (1983) Enigma
  87. (1983) In the King of Prussia
  88. (1983) Man, Woman and Child
  89. (1983) The Dead Zone Script
  90. (1982) Gandhi
  91. (1982) That Championship Season
  92. (1982) In the Custody of Strangers
  93. (1981) Loophole
  94. (1980) The Final Countdown Script
  95. (1979) Apocalypse Now
  96. (1979) Eagle’s Wing
  97. (1976) The Cassandra Crossing
  98. (1976) The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  99. (1975) The Last Survivors
  100. (1975) Sweet Hostage
  101. (1974) The Legend of Earl Durand
  102. (1974) The California Kid
  103. (1974) The Missiles of October
  104. (1974) The Execution of Private Slovik
  105. (1973) When the Line Goes Through
  106. (1973) Badlands Script
  107. (1973) The Conflict (Catholics)
  108. (1972) No Drums, No Bugles
  109. (1972) Pickup on 101
  110. (1972) Rage
  111. (1972) That Certain Summer
  112. (1970) Catch-22 Script
  113. (1968) The Subject Was Roses
  114. (1967) The Incident

Catch Me If You Can

Year:2002
Director:Steven Spielberg
Written by:Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (Novel), Stan Redding (Novel), Frank Abagnale Jr. (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is a cunning con man -- posing as a doctor, lawyer and pilot all before turning 21. He's also a deft forger, and his work attracts the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who makes it his mission to put Frank behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit, even taking time to taunt Carl by phone.
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Amy Adams Scripts

Miltary brat and Mormon, Amy Adams has proven herself as quite the actress over the last 12 years. Here are all of the movies she appeared in.

  1. The Muppets (2011)
  2. On the Road (2011)
  3. The Fighter Script $ (2010)
  4. Leap Year Script $ (2010)
  5. Julie and Julia Script $ (2009)
  6. Moonlight Serenade (2009)
  7. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Script $ (2009)
  8. Sunshine Cleaning Script (2009)
  9. Doubt Script (2008)
  10. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  11. Charlie Wilson’s War Script (2007)
  12. Enchanted Script $ (2007)
  13. Underdog(2007)
  14. The Ex (2007)
  15. Standing Still (2006)
  16. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Script $ (2006)
  17. Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny(2006)
  18. Junebug Script (2005)
  19. The Wedding Date Script (2005)
  20. The Slaughter Rule (2003)
  21. Catch Me If You Can Script (2002)
  22. Pumpkin Script $ (2002)
  23. Serving Sara Script $ (2002)
  24. Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)
  25. Psycho Beach Party Script $ (2000)
  26. The Peter Principle (2000)
  27. Drop Dead Gorgeous Script (1999)

Steven Spielberg Movie Scripts

Steven Spielberg may be one of the most widely-recognized living filmmakers of our time. Though his directorial efforts have garnered him the most acclaim, his work as a producer has managed to make possible some of the most widely successful films in the past decade.

From aliens to dinosaurs, high-adventure to historical dramas, Spielberg continues to keep the spectacle of movies alive and fresh for audiences young and old.

Check out a collection of his feature length scripts below:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Script (2008)
2. Munich Script (2005)
3. War of the Worlds Script (2005)
4. The Terminal Script (2004)
5. Catch Me If You Can Script (2002)
6. Minority Report Script (2002)
7. A.I Artificial Intelligence Script (2001)
8. Saving Private Ryan Script (1998)
9. Amistad Script (1997) ($)  (alternate $)
10. The Lost World: Jurrasic Park Script (1993)
11. Schindler’s List Script (1993)
12. Jurassic Park Script (1993)
13. Hook Script (1991)
14. Always Script (1989)
15. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Script (1989)
16. Empire of the Sun Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1987)
17. The Color Purple Script (1985)
18. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Script (1984)
19. E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial Script (1982)
20. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Script (1981)
21. 1941 Script (1979)
22. Close Encounters of the Third Kind Script (1974)
23. Jaws Script (1975)
24. The Sugarland Express Script  (1974)
25. Firelight Script (1964)