Richard Linklater Scripts

download (17)Richard Linklater’s films are a sort of challenge to the film industry. His willingness to depart from traditional techniques and narratives and to do so in such a radically independent way have established him as a perfect of example of what independent filmmaking could be. Linklater is a totally self-taught screenwriter, director and producer and has won numerous awards for his films including several Austin Film Awards. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay twice, as well as awards at Cannes film festival and Independent Spirit.

His career began with a $3,000 super 8 feature called It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books but his first real fame came in 1993 with Dazed and Confused which also helped launch the career of a young Matthew McConaughey. The film followed the exploits of young people dealing with disaffection and apathy which became a recurring, prominent theme in his work.

With Waking Life Linklater brought the idea of lucid dreaming into prominence, and developed a rotoscoped animation technique he would later perfect in, A Scanner Darkly. A few years later, he experienced some mainstream success with School of Rock. In 2011 he worked with Jack Black a second time in the para-documentary Bernie which featured stellar performances by a cast of non-actors who had actually experienced the events of the film. In 2013 he completed his “Before” trilogy with Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke reprising his role from Before Sunset and Before Sunrise.

Linklater’s strength as a writer comes from his ability to capture the essence of people like him: artistic, alternative and hip kids with something to prove. His legacy as a filmmaker serves as a powerful testament to the potential of independent film, and the proper ways to go about making them.  Here are some of his best scripts.

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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)

Alejandro González Iñárritu Movie Scripts

Alejandro González Iñárritu may not be a filmmaker readily known by mainstream Hollywood audiences, but this Mexican-borne director has had the opportunity of working with some of America’s biggest stars.

From Sean Penn, Benicio del Torro, Brad Pitt to Cate Blanchett, Iñárritu has proven time and time again that he is more than capable of handling a strong measure of story, character and drama in a single film.

Check out his collection of feature length works below:

1. Biutiful Script (2010)
2. Babel Script (2006)
3. 21 Grams Script (for purchase) $ (2003)
4. Amores Perros Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2000)

Top 5 Teacher Movie Scripts

Teachers have always been a favorite profession for characters in cinema, and classrooms their complimentary setting. Countless films have been based on the tried and tested formula of a teacher-classroom relationship, where the students also end up educating the teacher as much as he or she has.

Listed below are the Top 5 Teacher Movie Scripts that have turned regular classroom fair into cinematic classics.

1. Dead Poets Society Script (1989)
2. Mr. Holland’s Opus Script (1995)
3. To Sir With Love Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1967)
4. Dangerous Minds Script (1995)
5. Goodnight Mr. Chips Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1939)

Top 5 Christmas Movie Scripts

Christmas time is here again, and what better way to celebrate the yuletide season than with a truck load of  Christmas movies to keep the spirit alive well unto the New Year. So warm yourself by your television sets and kick back with some good holiday cinematic-cheer.

Check out our list of top five screenplays that make mandatory Christmas viewing:

1. Home Alone Script (1990)
2. Elf Script (2003)
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas Script (1993)
4. The Santa Clause Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1994)
5. Scrooged Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1988)

William Broyles Jr. Movie Scripts

William Broyles Jr. may not be one of the most recognizable names in the movie industry, but his name has been attached to some of the most memorable films in the past two decades.

Having written for acclaimed directors such as Ron Howard, Sam Mendez and Clint Eastwood to name a few, Broyles has proven his versatility by penning everything from science fiction to historical drama.

Read through his impressive portfolio of scripts in the collection below:

1. Flags of Our Fathers Script $ (for Purchase) (2006)
2. Jarhead Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2005)
3. The Polar Express Script (2004)
4. Unfaithful Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2002)
5. Planet of the Apes Script (2001)
6. Cast Away Script (2000)
7. Entrapment Script (1999)
8. Apollo 13 Script (1995)

Truman Show vs. Ed TV Movie Scripts

With the reality television boom of the 1990s, it was only matter of time before Hollywood started churning out stories that tapped into our fascination with reality t.v. Ed TV (1999) and The  Truman Show (1998) were films that were largely compared because of their milieu, but had stories that veered into completely different directions.

See just have different how different their scripts were by going through the links below:

1. Ed TV Script (1999)
2. The Truman Show Script (1998)

Stanley Kubrick Movie Scripts

With a stunning filmography of some of the most iconic films ever made, legendary writer-director Stanley Kubrick requires little to no introduction. From his doomsday black comedy Dr. Strangelove (1964) to his sexual suspense thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Kubrick has solidified his reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Browse through his scriptwriting filmography yourself with this complete collection of Stanley Kubrick scripts:

1.  Eyes Wide Shut Script (1999)
2.  Full Metal Jacket Script (1987)
3.  The Shining Script (1980)
4. Barry Lyndon Script (1975)
5.  A Clockwork Orange Script (1971)
6.  2001: A Space Odyssey Script (1968)
7.  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Script (1964)
8.  Lolita Script (1962)
9.  Spartacus Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1960)
10. Paths of Glory Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1957)
11. The Killing Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1956)
12. The Killer’s Kiss (Dialogue Transcript) (1955)

Top 5 Gangster Movie Scripts

Whoever said that “crimes does not pay” probably didn’t watch a lot of movies. Gangster films have been the bread and butter of many of Hollywood’s most prized actors and directors for as long as anyone can remember.And whether it’s the seductive life of crime or the constant struggle of good and evil that have been the big lure at the box-office, directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese have made a name for themselves by filming crime lords and mob bosses.

This week, Scripts on Screen looks at some of the best gangster screenplays of all time:

1. Godfather Script (1972)
2. Goodfellas Script (1990)
3. Scarface Script (1983)
4. Casino Script (1995)
5. Miller’s Crossing Script (1990)

Robert Rodriguez Movie Scripts

With only $7,000 in cash, Robert Rodriguez made a splash in the Sundance film festival with feature-length debut, El Mariachi (1992).

Close to twenty years later,  Robert Rodriguez is now one of the most sought after, viscerally unique writer-directors in the industry. With an extensive filmography as surprising as his rise to fame, Rodriguez continues to capture and entertain audiences with a style as independent as his background.

Check out a list of his feature-length writing credentials below:

1. Machete Script (PDF Download) (2010)
2. Shorts Script (2009)
3. Grindhouse: Planet Terror Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2007)
4. Curandero Script (2005)
5. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D Script (2005)
6. Once Upon a Time in Mexico Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2003)
7. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2003)
8. Sky Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams Script (2002)
9. Sky Kids Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2001)
11. Desperado Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1995)