Sample Screenplays

Reading screenplays is a good way to become more familiar with the format.  Good writers are also good readers.  There are many places where you can get copies of produced screenplays online for free.

Below is a short list of official studio released screenplays, posted for award consideration, that you can read and download.

 

A24

The Bling Ring by Sophia Coppola - download script (pdf)

A Most Violent Year by J.C. Chandor - download script (pdf)

Locke by Steven Knight - download script (pdf)

Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine - download script (pdf)

 

COLUMBIA PICTURES

The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich - download script (pdf)

 

DISNEY

Into the Woods by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine - download script (pdf)

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DREAMWORKS

How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Dean DeBlois - download script (pdf)

Lincoln by Tony Kushner - download script (pdf)

 

FOCUS FEATURES

Anna Karenina by Tom Stoppard, based on the book by Leo Tolstoy - download script (pdf)

The Boxtrolls by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava - download script (pdf)

Burn After Reading by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - download script (pdf)

Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack - download script (pdf)

The Debt by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan - download script (pdf)

Hanna by Seth Lochhead and David Farr - download script (pdf)

Hyde Park on Hudson by Richard Nelson - download script (pdf)

Jane Eyre by Moira Buffini, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte - download script (pdf)

Kill the Messenger by Peter Landesman - download script (pdf)

Milk by Dustin Lance Black - download script (pdf)

Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola - download script (pdf)

ParaNorman by Christopher Butler - download script (pdf)

Pariah by Dee Rees - download script (pdf)

The Place Beyond the Pines by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder - download script (pdf)

Promised Land by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, story by Dave Eggers - download script (pdf)

The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten - download script (pdf)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John le Carre - download script (pdf)

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FOX

12 Years A Slave by John Ridley- download script (pdf)

Beasts of the Southern Wild by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Based on the stage play “Juicy and Delicious” by Lucy Alibar - download script (pdf)

Belle by  Misan Sagay download script (pdf)

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Ol Parker, Based on the book “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach - download script (pdf)

Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - download script (pdf)

Cavalry by John Michael McDonagh - download script (pdf)

Enough Said by Nicole Holofcener - download script (pdf)

The Fault In Our Stars by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, Based on the novel by John Green - download script (pdf)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - download script (pdf)

Hitchcock by John J. McLaughlin - download script (pdf)

The Sessions by Ben Lewin - download script (pdf)

The Way Way Back by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash - download script (pdf)

Wild by Nick Hornby - download script (pdf)

 

IFC

Boyhood by Richard Linklater - download script (pdf)

 

LIONSGATE

Margin Call by J.C. Chandor - download script (pdf)

 

OPEN ROAD

Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy - download script (pdf)

 

PARAMOUNT

Flight by John Gatins - download script (pdf)

Labor Day by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard - download script (pdf)

Nebraska by Robert W. Nelson - download script (pdf)

The Wolf of Wall Street by Terrence Winter - download script (pdf)

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ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Dear White People by Justin Simien - download script (pdf)

 

SONY

American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell - download script (pdf)

Amour by Michael Haneke - download script (pdf)

Another Year by Mike Leigh - download script (pdf)

Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy - download script (pdf)

Celeste and Jesse Forever by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack - download script (pdf)

Foxcatcher by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - download script (pdf)

Inside Job by Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck and Adam Bolt - download script (pdf)

The Invisible Woman by Abi Morgan - download script (pdf)

Kill Your Darlings by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn - download script (pdf)

Leviathan by Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev - download script (pdf)

Looper by Rian Johnson - download script (pdf)

Love is Strange by Mauricio Zacharias & Ira Sachs - download script (pdf)

Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh - download script (pdf)

Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain - download script (pdf)

Smashed by James Ponsoldt and Suzan Burke - download script (pdf)

Still Alice by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel by Lisa Genova - download script (pdf)

Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour - download script (pdf)

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle - download script (pdf)

Wild Tales by Damián Szifron - download script (pdf)

 

UNIVERSAL

Despicable Me 2 by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio - download script (pdf)

Get On Up by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, Story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth - download script (pdf)

Lone Survivor by Peter Berg - download script (pdf)

Rush by Peter Morgan - download script (pdf)

Unbroken by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen  and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand - download script (pdf)

 

WARNER BROS

Argo by Chris Terrio - download script (pdf)

Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski - download script (pdf)

 

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

Big Eyes by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski - download script (pdf)

Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino - download script (pdf)

The Imitation Game by Graham Moore, Based on “Alan Turing: The Enigma” By Andrew Hodges - download script (pdf)

The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson - download script (pdf)

Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick - download script (pdf)

St. Vincent by Theodore Melfi - download script (pdf)

 

In addition, there are a number of other websites that host screenplays that you can download.  A few of the better ones are listed below.

John August’s Library - Screenplays that John August has written, including Go and Big Fish.  It also has some of his teleplays, outlines, treatments and even a couple of his pitch documents.  A great resource.

rcjohnso.com – The cool, eclectic internet home of writer/director Rian Johnson.

       Brick - download script (pdf)

       The Brothers Bloom - download script (pdf)

       Looper - download script (pdf)

SimplyScripts – Great screenplay archive with literally hundreds of film and television scripts, plays, radio scripts, treatments and more.

TV Scripts – Just what it says, lots and lots of TV scripts available for you to read and download at your convenience.

 

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