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In the Beginning was the Word: Fifty Great Films Born of Brilliant Screenplays

  1. Ace in the Hole
  2. The Americanization of Emily
  3. ‘Breaker’ Morant
  4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  5. Casablanca
  6. Citizen Kane
  7. Cool Hand Luke
  8. Dr. Strangelove
  9. A Face in the Crowd
  10. Fail-Safe
  11. Gattaca
  12. Glengarry Glen Ross
  13. The Godfather
  14. The Godfather II
  15. Goodfellas
  16. The Great Santini
  17. Harold and Maude
  18. High Noon
  19. The Hill
  20. Hombre
  21. Hud
  22. The Hustler
  23. I, Claudius (Series)
  24. Lawrence of Arabia
  25. The Lion in Winter
  26. The Long Good Friday
  27. The Man Who Would Be King
  28. Missing
  29. The Molly Maguires
  30. Network
  31. Norma Rae
  32. North Dallas Forty
  33. The Pope of Greenwich Village
  34. The Prestige
  35. Quills
  36. Requiem for a Heavyweight
  37. The Road Warrior
  38. Rollerball
  39. The Seventh Seal
  40. The Sweet Smell of Success
  41. Taxi Driver
  42. They Shoot Horses Don’t They?
  43. The Third Man
  44. Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead
  45. Three Days of the Condor
  46. The Usual Suspects
  47. The Verdict
  48. Who Will Stop the Rain
  49. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  50. Withnail and I

Never Heard that Before: Great Films featuring Original Lingoes

  1. Alien Nation
  2. A Clockwork Orange
  3. Catch-22
  4. Deadwood
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. Gattaca
  7. Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead

“Words, words, words”: Dialogue-fests Worth Hearing

  1. Mindwalk
  2. My Dinner with Andre

Jigsaw Puzzles: Great Films that Successfully Employ Unusual Story Structures

  1. Ararat
  2. Arrival
  3. Betrayal
  4. Citizen Kane
  5. The Clearing
  6. Donnie Darko
  7. Don’t Look Now
  8. Dust
  9. Full Metal Jacket
  10. The Funeral
  11. The Godfather
  12. The Godfather II
  13. How to Make an American Quilt
  14. I, Tonya
  15. Lenny
  16. Medium Cool
  17. Memento
  18. Morlang
  19. Nocturnal Animals
  20. Once Upon a Time in America
  21. Orlando
  22. Performance
  23. The Prestige
  24. The Pumpkin Eater
  25. Rendition
  26. Roshomon
  27. Session 9
  28. Sleepers
  29. Star 80
  30. Triangle
  31. Vahalla Rising

“Match me, Sidney”: Great Films featuring Snarky, Razor-Sharp Dialogue

  1. Ace in the Hole
  2. All About Eve
  3. All the King’s Men
  4. The Bad and the Beautiful
  5. Double Indemnity
  6. House of Strangers
  7. I, Claudius (Series)
  8. Inherit the Wind
  9. The Lion in Winter
  10. Separate Tables
  11. Sleuth
  12. Stalag 17
  13. Sweet Smell of Success
  14. Sunset Boulevard
  15. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

“A rose by any other name”: Great Films with God-Awful Titles

  1. The Americanization of Emily
  2. The Astronaut’s Wife
  3. August
  4. The Beguiled
  5. Bravo Two Zero
  6. The Broken
  7. Cargo Space is Cold
  8. The Chumscrubber
  9. Code 46
  10. The Day
  11. Dirty Pretty Things
  12. Heaven
  13. In Celebration
  14. Love, Honour and Obey
  15. Notes on a Scandal
  16. Puffball: The Devil’s Eyeball
  17. The Pumpkin Eater
  18. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  19. A Secret
  20. Series 7: The Contenders
  21. Session 9
  22. The Shawshank Redemption
  23. The Squid and the Whale
  24. Subject Two
  25. Monster’s Ball
  26. The 400 Blows
  27. XX/XY

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”: Great Films from Paddy Chayefski Scripts

  1. The Americanization of Emily
  2. The Hospital
  3. Marty
  4. Network

Fuckin’ Foul-Mouthed Films and Television Series

  1. Deadwood
  2. Scarface
  3. Slap Shot
  4. Last Exit to Brooklyn
  5. Taxi Driver
  6. Trainspotting
  7. Sexy Beast
  8. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut