Sample Scripts

As a scriptwriter you can never read too many scripts. Think of reading scripts as your study time, with your scriptwriting as your actual work. Here I’ve tried to pluck a script from every genre of film. If you are currently writing a script on a specific genre it can be most helpful to read through other scripts in that genre to see how the story was structured and how the characters were bought to life.

All these scripts are for educational purposes only and not to be resold.

Alien by Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett – Action, Sci-Fi
American Outlaws by Roderick Taylor and John Rogers – Western
An Officer and a Gentleman by Douglas Day Stewart – Drama, Romance
Antz by Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz – Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola – Action, Drama, War
The Big Lebowski by Ethan & Joel Coen – Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Blade by David S. Goyer – Action, Horror, Thriller
The Blues Brothers by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis – Comedy, Musical
The Bourne Identity by Tony Gilroy –Action, Mystery, Thriller
Braveheart by Randall Wallace –Action, Biography, Drama, War
The Cable Guy by Judd Apatow & Lou Holtz Jr – Comedy Clerks by Kevin Smith – Comedy
The Crow by David Schow – Action, Fantasy, Thriller Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George A. Romero – Horror
Dead Poets Society by Tom Schulman –Drama Die Hard by Jeb Stuart – Action, Thriller, Crime
The Empire Strikes Back by George Lucas – Sci-Fi
Fight Club by Jim Uhls & Chuck Palahnuik – Action, Drama
Good Will Hunting by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – Drama
The Green Mile by Frank Darabont –Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
The Graduate by Buck HenryComedy, Drama, Romance

Highlander by Gregory Widen – Action, Fantasy

I Am Legend by Mark Protosevich –Horror, Sci-Fi, Action Independence Day by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich – Sci-Fi
Jaws by Peter Benchly & Howard Sackler – Adventure, Horror, Thriller Jerry Maguire by Cameron Crowe –Romance, Comedy
JFK by Jim Marrs & Jim Garrison –Drama Jurassic Park by David Koepp – Action, Thriller
Little Miss Sunshine by Michael Arndt –Comedy, Drama
The Mask by Michael Fallon & Mark Verheiden – Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Misery by William Goldman – Horror
Midnight Run by George Gallo – Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
The Nightmare Before Christmas by Caroline Thompson – Animation, Horror
North By Northwest by Ernest LehmanAdventure
Office Space by Mike Judge – Comedy, Romance
The Patriot by Robert Rodat – War, Drama, History
Pirates of the Caribbean by T. Elliott & T. Rossio – Action, Adventure, Comedy

Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, Roger AvaryAction, Crime Drama

Raiders Of The Lost Ark by Lawrence Kasdan – Adventure
Rocky by Sylvester Stallone – Drama, Sports
Sister Act by Paul Rudnick – Comedy, Crime, Musical
The Silence Of The Lambs by Ted Tally – Horror, Thriller
Sixth Sense by M. Night Shyamalan –Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Suspense
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, & Pam Brady –Comedy, Animation
Thelma & Louise by Callie Khouri –Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Truman Show by Andrew Niccol –Comedy, Thriller
Walk The Line by Gill Dennis & James Mangold – Biography, Drama, Musical, Romance
When Harry Met Sally by Nora Ephron –Romance, Comedy
The X-Files Movie by Chris Carter – Sci-Fi, Thriller
Young Frankenstein by Gene Wilder & Mel Brooks – Comedy, Horror


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  1. I’m mighty glad to have found this website! I’m an upcoming film writer from Zambia and I’ve been struggling with finding the right information to aid work. Now I have found what I have been looking for. All that I have to learn is right here on this site. We don’t have any film schools in my country and as much as I would like to be a professional film maker the obstacles are many. Thanks a million!!

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