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.



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

Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine - download script (pdf)



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



Frankenweenie by John August - download script (pdf)

Frozen by Jennifer Lee - download script (pdf)

Monsters University by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon - download script (pdf)

Saving Mr. Banks by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith - download script (pdf)

Wreck It Ralph by Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston  - download script (pdf)

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The Croods by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders - download script (pdf)

Lincoln by Tony Kushner - download script (pdf)



Anna Karenina by Tom Stoppard, based on the book by Leo Tolstoy - 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)

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)

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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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)

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

Enough Said by Nicole Holofcener - download script (pdf)

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

Life of Pi by David Magee - download script (pdf)

The Sessions by Ben Lewin - download script (pdf)

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



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



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)



Machine Gun Preacher by Jason Keller, based on the life of Sam Childers - download script (pdf)



All Is Lost by J.C. Chandor - download script (pdf)

Mud by Jeff Nichols - download script (pdf)

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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)

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)

Looper by Rian Johnson - 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)

Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour - download script (pdf)



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

Rush by Peter Morgan - download script (pdf)

Lone Survivor by Peter Berg - download script (pdf)



42 by Brian Helgeland - download script (pdf)

Argo by Chris Terrio - download script (pdf)

The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald - download script (pdf)

Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski - download script (pdf)



August: Osage County by Tracy Letts - download script (pdf)

Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino - download script (pdf)

Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler - download script (pdf)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler by Danny Strong - download script (pdf)

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

One Chance by Justin Zackham - download script (pdf)

Philomena by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope - download script (pdf)

Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick - 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. – 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.


NOTE:  These scripts are intended for educational purposes only.  We do not own any rights to these screenplays and they are linked to publicly available websites for personal use only.  Should any of the links change or be broken, or if you would like to request us to remove a link, please contact the webmaster at webmaster {at} scriptsandscribes [dot] com.