Fight Club

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Director:David Fincher
Written by:Jim Uhls (Author), Chuck Palahniuk (Novel)

Script Synopsis:A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Film Scripts Based on Mental Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and depression are among the many psychological disorders that have gained notoriety in films over the past few decades. The concept of a warped mind that sees the world in a much different way from the mainstream is something that intrigues people from all walks of life. Individualism is shown in its true dark form and for a few moments, an audience is able to comprehend what it’s like to see through a “crazy” person’s mind.

Many of the best psychological disorder films were written by people who actually had the disorder. This adds realism and definition to the characters and makes it likeable by many audiences. However, some disorders (such as schizophrenia) can be so debilitating that it’s difficult to find a person who can write a story representing their experience.

So in these cases, writers are given a challenge to try to experience something they know nothing about using only clinical definitions and second-hand accounts from doctors or family members. But when an interesting perspective is found, it opens a path that allows many people to experience a different state of mind as well.

Below is a list of some of the best film scripts based on a person with a mental disorder. From these scripts, a writer will be able to see how disorders are characterized by people with experience and those without. By taking note of the methods used in writing these scripts, a person will be better prepared to show the perspective of someone or something that they had never experienced in their lives; yet do so in a way that is believable.

For those who have suffered with a disorder, these scripts show how to use scenes and dialogue to help people understand what it feels like to live with that disorder.


  1. (2003) Identity Script
  2. (2002) May Script [Transcript]
  3. (2001) Donnie Darko Script
  4. (2001) A Beautiful Mind Script [Transcript]
  5. (1999) Fight Club Script
  6. (1999) Girl, Interrupted Script [Transcript]
  7. (1997) As Good As It Gets Script
  8. (1993) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Script [Transcript]
  9. (1988) Rain Man Script  [Transcript]

Top Confusing Movie Scripts

Watching a movie is like taking a trip into the mind of another person. Fiction stories are concocted by people based on their life experiences and imagination. When the stories are put onto film, audience members are allowed insight into the imagination and personal thoughts of the writer.

Some writers find it easy to share their ideas with other people. Their messages come out strong and clear so that no other interpretation can be assumed. However, there are a few directors who have such complex mind processes that they have difficulty sharing it with others in a linear, easy to understand manner.

Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman are examples of writers/directors that have this personal challenge. They do not always think in a formulaic, Hollywood manner and this can lead to complex story lines, odd dialogue and questionable plot lines.

However, just because a movie is confusing does not make it bad. Most of the films listed below are considered masterpieces- far beyond their time and steaming with profound thought. However, the full message cannot be understood in one viewing. An audience member may have to research the film and watch it over and over again before it starts making sense.

In order to help with the process of understanding, we have linked to the scripts to some of these great, but confusing, films. Reading the script may help give insight that simply watching the film would not. We hope that with time, you may be able to discover deeper meaning from these films and many other confusing masterpieces.

  1. (1957) The Seventh Seal Script
  2. (1977) Eraserhead [Transcript]
  3. (1995) Dead Man [Transcript]
  4. (1998) Pi Script
  5. (1999) Fight Club Script
  6. (2000) Memento Script
  7. (2001) Donnie Darko Script
  8. (2001) Mulholland Drive Script
  9. (2001) The Matrix Script
  10. (2003) The Matrix Reloaded Script
  11. (2003) The Matrix Revolutions Script
  12. (2004) Primer Script

David Fincher Movie Scripts

David Fincher may not be as popular a household name as other directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, but his growing portfolio of works puts him well on his way.

With Social Network (2010) stealing a lot of last year’s cinematic thunder, audiences wait with baited breath on what he’ll be releasing next.

Check out the complete collection of David Fincher’s feature length scripts.

1. The Social Network Script (2010)
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Script (2008)
3. Zodiac Script (2007)
4. Panic Room Script (2002)
5. Fight Club Script (1999)
6. The Game Script (1997)
7. Seven Script (1995)
8. Alien 3 Script (1992)