Best Scripts About Fighting

download (11)At the heart of every script is a conflict, and it is this conflict that drives the decisions of the characters. How the characters choose to reconcile this conflict is what gives the story its meaning. These conflicts manifest themselves in a variety of ways, sometimes as a single man versus seemingly overwhelming odds, or as a difficult choice a character must make that forces him to sacrifice something he loves. Sometimes this conflict manifests itself a little more directly, in the form of fists striking flesh, and feet shuffling to dodge blows, and when this happens the release of tension can be truly cathartic.

There are few images more compelling than a physical struggle between the sources of conflict in a film, and there are a number of ways this device can be used effectively. In films like David O’ Russell’s The Fighter the physical violence is only a manifestation of the internal conflicts of the film’s protagonist, whereas in Bronson the titular character relishes fighting as a way to garner the fame he desperately craves. In both cases it is a nebulous and abstract conflict giving rise to absolute primal resolution. This is the power of a well designed cinematic fight; it is truly raw.

A discussion of great movies about fighting would be incomplete without a mention of Sylvester Stallone’s first film which he wrote, produced and starred in, the immortal Rocky. Rocky is a beautiful example of the poetry of violence magnifying the conflict of a narrative, in this case the ambition of the hero vs. the insurmountable odds against him. In all these cases the violence comes when the hero is left with no recourse and the tension must find release. It isn’t always powerful, but when it is, its as poignant and poetic as any love story, and the push and pull between two foes locked in combat is closer to the posturing of new romance than one might think. These are some of the most impactful examples of the genre, though not as impactful of course as a punch from Tommy Conlon, Tom Hardy’s hard hitting character in Warrior. That guy ripped the door off a tank!

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The Fighter

Director:David O. Russell
Written by:Scott Silver (Screenplay), Paul Tamasy (Screenplay), Eric Johnson (Screenplay), Paul Tamasy (Story), Eric Johnson (Story), Keith Dorrington (Story)

Script Synopsis:The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.

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)

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