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Picture this: you’re curled up with your favorite book that also happens to be your favorite movie. A nation spending more time at home the past year has resulted in an uptick of book sales, and film screenplays are a unique way for cinephiles to deep dive into their favorite films.
Reading a movie screenplay can be an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity to see a film through the eyes of the screenwriter — who in some cases doubles as the director, and star. Sure, it’s easy to own a movie or stream it online, but reading the script feels as if it works a whole other muscle. For the moviegoers who haven’t made it back to theaters just yet, the aspiring screenwriters looking to study up on writing and character-building techniques, or anyone interested in reading about a movie, Amazon has a bunch of screenplays that you can own at an affordable price.
To make things easier for you, we put together a list of screenplays from an assortment of classic films. The selection includes Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated directorial debut, Quentin Tarantino’s breakout film, and Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime saga. Below are the best screenplays that are currently available on Amazon.
Own the screenplay from Jordan Peele’s brilliant 2017 directorial debut starring Daniel Kaluuya. The socially-conscious horror film blends the story of a young Black man visiting his white girlfriend’s parents, into the terrifying reality of being Black in America.
Film historian Jenny M. Jones leads the way on this surreal journey through one of the most celebrated movies of all time. “The Godfather” screenplay book has more than just dialogue, the collection includes commentary on every scene, plus little-known facts about the Francis Ford Coppola film starring Marlon Brando.
This special two-piece set captures the sheer beauty in Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning film. The book comes complete with a graphic novel storyboard showcasing each exquisite scene from the fSouth Korean dark comedy thriller as illustrated by Bong.
Writes James L., “I am not much of a book collector or reader. I consider myself a major Cinephile who lives for film. ‘Parasite’ was not only my favorite film of 2019, [but] one of my favorite films of all time. So instantly when I heard that Bong himself was releasing his storyboards in novel form I instantly pre ordered! And oh boy was it worth the wait. Having this beautiful bold and detailed book about of the best film ever made just brought so much joy to me. I have always been a fan of Bong and to finally have something like this is so important to have by any fan of His or film in general. This story board novel brings out a lot of detail that you can convey yourself that you may have not noticed before watching the film itself. As well as an important foreword piece written by Bong himself to the reader.”
Pick up the spellbinding full script and storyboard collection from the 2019 psychological thriller “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix. Released last year, the 226-page book authored by David Van Antwerp, blends scripts and storyboards from the film. Writes Andrew, “Great movie, great screenplay. Brilliant. A couple of typos/spaces missing here and there, but overall good quality with detailed descriptions. Definitely highly recommended.”
On a lighter note, Emma Thompson’s screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility” is a must-have for enthusiasts of the Oscar-winning film, which was adapted from the classic Jane Austen novel. The screenplay book includes Thompson’s personal account of making the film about two formerly wealthy English sisters forced to marry for financial security.
Writes Pambedelia, “I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published, but I’m so glad to have it now. I read it over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite movies and Emma Thompson can do no wrong. I wish she would write more books. I know she’s busy but she’s so good.”
Based on the Stephen King novella, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” the 1994 film adaptation is a riveting story about two inmates who become unlikely friends after spending decades in prison together. “The Shawshank Redemption,” which received five Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, was written and directed by Frank Darabont.
Writes one excited customer, “This my favorite script ever written. I first read it back in the mid 90’s after the movie came out, but I somehow lost my copy of it over the years. I bought this one to replace it and couldn’t be happier. The thing that I love about this copy is Frank’s commentary after the script about scenes that we were cut, how scenes came about and the best part him explaining the grueling job called filmmaking. Extremely useful insight. I highly recommend this script to all writers, aspiring or working. In fact this is a must read if you are a writer. Yes, it’s that’s great!”
If you love the way Tarantino’s dialogue comes to life on screen, then the screenplay for “Pulp Fiction” will make for a fascinating read. The 1994 dark comedy/crime film starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, became Tarantino’s breakout film and a cult-classic to boot. Writes Elias, “I think this book is for the fans of Tarantino and his movies. The format of the book is exactly as a script, printed with a typeface that resembles the font that typewriters used to have, and has all the annotations for the actors or camera movement to play the movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a technical book, it’s just the script with all the long dialogues we all love from this movie. I would recommend it if you enjoyed the movie, nice book to display and it almost reads as a novel, I really really liked it.”
Revisit the 1997 drama that put Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the map. Robin Williams stars opposite Affleck and Damon in the film that earned the pair an Oscar for Best Screenplay, and a Best Supporting Actor win for Williams. The plot follows the untapped mathematical genius of a young janitor, Will Hunting (Damon), whose court-ordered therapy sessions help him re-think his future.
Writes Arun K, “’Good Will Hunting’ has always been one of my favorite movies. Being an ardent movie buff, I decided to get this book to understand how they capture the mood and conversations. This is a fantastic book for those looking to write their own screenplays or if you are just curious.”