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6 of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays Written by Women

6 of WGA's 101 Greatest Screenplays Written by Women

Another list and with that another sad feeling about women
being underrepresented in film. This time around it’s the Writers Guild of
America’s 101 Greatest Screenplays. The list has many screenplays with the
original source material written by women; however, it does not have that many
screenplays written by women.

Only 6 out of the 101 screenplays chosen were written by
women, none of those cracked the top ten and only one the top twenty–It’s A Wonderful Life co-written by
Frances Goodrich.

What do you think are some of the greatest screenplays
written by women? Let us know in the comments.

Below you can find the screenplays written by women from the
WGA list with their ranking number.

20.  IT’S A
WONDERFUL LIFE: Screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank
Capra. Based on short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren
Stern. Contributions to screenplay Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling

OF OZ: Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf
Adaptation by Noel Langley. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum

MET SALLY: Written by Nora Ephron

THE RAIN: Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Based
on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown

67.  E.T. THE
EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: Written by Melissa Mathison

& LOUISE: Written by Callie Khouri

101 Greatest Screenplays (Writers Guild of America)

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Silke Cecilia Schultz

How about these? Winter's Bone by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Shame by Abi Morgan, Erin Brockovich by Susannah Grant, The Piano by Jane Campion, American Psycho by Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron, Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola, Me and You and Everyone We Know by Miranda July, Whale Rider by Niki Caro, The Empire Strikes Back by Leigh Bracket.


I thought Bridesmaids was good, but so was Lovely and Amazing, The Piano, Thirteen, and The Kids are Alright.


These are all obviously great scripts, but what are some other titles written by women that deserve to be here? I think it's not necessarily fair to suggest that any of these 6 are lower on the list because they were written by women.


This list was voted upon by the members of the Writers Guild East and West, about a quarter of whom are women. So the problem isn't as much about the selection process for the list, which is about as fair as you can get given the gender mix of the membership, the problem – which is reflected by the list – is not enough women are getting work as writers in Hollywood.

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