ANNUAL BLACK LIST

Every December, we survey over 600 production company and film financier executives about their most liked screenplays and aggregate the responses for the industry and the public.

These are those lists.


BLACK LIST FILMS

THE ANNUAL BLACK LIST



BLACK LIST FILMS

Since the launch of the annual Black List in 2005 as a survey of Hollywood executives’ most liked screenplays, more than 250 of the screenplays selected have been produced as feature films for theatrical distribution.

Those films have made more than $16 billion in worldwide box office and been nominated for over 150 Academy Awards, winning of three of the last five Best Pictures and seven of the last twelve screenwriting Oscars.


2005

  • 21 Peter Steinfeld & Allan Loeb
  • A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck
  • A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN (The American) Laura Harrington
  • ARMORED James V. Simpson
  • BABEL Guillermo Arriaga
  • BLACK SNAKE MOAN Craig Brewer
  • BLADES OF GLORY Jeff Cox, Craig Cox, John Altschuler, & Dave Krinsky
  • BLOOD DIAMOND Charles Leavitt
  • BREACH Bill Ray, Adam Mazer, & William Rotko
  • CHAPTER 27 J.P. Schaefer
  • CHARLIE BARTLET Gustin Nash
  • CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR Aaron Sorkin
  • DAN IN REAL LIFE Peter Hedges
  • DANGEROUS PARKING Peter Howitt
  • DEATH AT A FUNERAL Dean Craig
  • DEXTER Jim Manos
  • ENDER’S GAME D.B. Weiss
  • FACTORY GIRL Captain Mauzner
  • FANBOYS Ernest Cline & Adam F. Goldberg
  • FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS Erin Cressida Wilson
  • GARY THE TENNIS COACH (Balls Out) Rick Stempson
  • GET LOW Chris Provenzano
  • HALL PASS Pete Jones
  • HAROLD Greg Fields
  • HORRIBLE BOSSES John Francis Daley, Michael Markowitz & Jonathan Goldstein
  • IN BLOOM (The Life Before Her Eyes) Emil Stern
  • JUNO Diablo Cody
  • LARS AND THE REAL GIRL Nancy Oliver
  • LEGENDARY John Posey
  • LITTLE CHILDREN Todd Field & Tom Perrotta
  • LONELY MAIDEN (AKA The Maiden Heist) Michael LeSieur
  • LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA Ronald Harwood
  • LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN Jason Smilovic
  • MAMA’S BOY Hank Nelken
  • MARGARET Kenneth Lonergan
  • MARRIAGE (Married Life) Ira Sachs
  • MEET DAVE Rob Greenberg & Bill Corbett
  • MICHAEL CLAYTON Tony Gilroy
  • MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPERS (Cougars, Inc.) K. Asher Levin
  • MUMMY 3 (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
  • NACHO LIBRE Jared & Jerusha Hess & Mike White
  • NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST Lorene Scafaria
  • NOTES ON A SCANDAL Patrick Marber
  • PASSENGERS Ronnie Christiansen
  • PATHFINDER Laeta Kalogridis
  • PU-239 Scott Z. Burns
  • QUID PRO QUO Carlos Brooks
  • RESERVATION ROAD Terry George & John Burnham Schwartz
  • RIGHTEOUS KILL Russell Gerwitz
  • SOUL OF THE AGE (Anonymous) John Orloff
  • SPRING BREAK IN BOSNIA (The Hunting Party) Richard Shepard
  • STAIN (Henry Poole Is Here) Albert Torres
  • STARDUST Matthew Vaughn
  • STOP-LOSS Mark Richard & Katherine Peirce
  • TENURE Mike Million
  • THE BLIND SIDE John Lee Hancock
  • THE BUCKET LIST Justin Zackham
  • THE KITE RUNNER David Benioff
  • THE LEDGE Matthew Chapman
  • THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • THE NUMBER 23 Fernley Phillips
  • THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL Peter Morgan
  • THE PRESTIGE Jonathan Nolan
  • THE PROMOTION Steven Conrad
  • THE PROPOSAL Peter Chiarelli
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS Steve Conrad
  • THE QUEEN Peter Morgan
  • THE SASQUATCH GANG Tim Skousen
  • THE WORDS Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal
  • THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE Allan Loeb
  • TONIGHT, HE COMES (Hancock) Vince Gilligan
  • TURISTAS Michael Ross
  • WE ARE MARSHALL Jamie Linden
  • WILD HOGS Brad Copeland
  • YOUTH IN REVOLT Gustin Nash

2006

  • 3:10 TO YUMA Michael Brandt, Derek Haas & Halsted Welles
  • 500 DAYS OF SUMMER Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • A MIGHTY HEART John Orloff
  • ASSASINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDEN Kevin Jakubowski & Tim Calpin
  • AWAY WE GO Dave Eggers & Vendela Vita
  • DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY Ronald Harwood
  • FROST/NIXON Peter Morgan
  • GET SMART Tom J Astle & Matt Ember
  • HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY Jon Hurwitz & Jayden Schlossberg
  • IN BRUGES Martin McDonagh
  • LIFE OF PI Jean Pierre Jeunet & Guillame Laurent
  • LIONS FOR LAMBS Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • NATURAL SELECTION Robbie Pickering
  • OPEN GRAVE The Borey Brothers
  • RENDITION Kelley Sane
  • SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall
  • SEVEN POUNDS Grant Nieporte
  • SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh
  • SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE Sean Anders & Jim Morris
  • STATE OF PLAY Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • SUPERBAD Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
  • THE BROTHERS BLOOM Rian Johnson
  • THE CHANGELING J. Michael Straczynski
  • THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS Peter Straughan
  • THE MESSENGER Oren Moverman & Alessandro Camon
  • THE OTHER WOMAN Don Roos
  • THERE WILL BE BLOOD Paul Thomas Anderson
  • THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Dave Eggers
  • WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY Jake Kasdan & Judd Apatow

2007

  • ADVENTURELAND Greg Mottola
  • ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO John McLaughlin
  • ALL GOOD THINGS Marcus Hinchey
  • BURN AFTER READING Joel & Ethan Coen
  • CLASH OF THE TITANS Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, & Matt Manfredi
  • DEAR JOHN Jamie Linden
  • DOUBT John Patrick Shanley
  • DUPLICITY Tony Gilroy
  • EAGLE EYE John Glenn, Hilary Seitz, Dan McDermott, & Travis Adam Wright
  • HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE Josh Radnor
  • HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE Peter Straughan
  • INVICTUS Anthony Peckham
  • JENNIFER'S BODY Diablo Cody
  • LAST CHANCE HARVEY Joel Hopkins
  • LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS Charles Randolph & Edward Zwick
  • MANAGEMENT Stephen Belber
  • NEVER LET ME GO Alex Garland
  • ORPHAN David Leslie Johnson
  • RECOUNT Danny Strong
  • SALT Kurt Wimmer
  • SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Simon Beaufoy
  • SOURCE CODE Ben Ripley
  • THE ANSWER MAN John Hindman
  • THE BOOK OF ELI Gary Whitta
  • THE DUCHESS Jeffrey Hatcher & Anders Thomas Jensen
  • THE HANGOVER Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
  • THE IDES OF MARCH George Clooney & Grant Heslov
  • THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN Matt Drake
  • THE ROAD Joe Penhall
  • THE TOWN Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, & Aaron Stockard
  • THE WACKNESS Jonathan Levine
  • THE WRESTLER Robert Siegel
  • VALKYRIE Christopher McQuarrie & Nathan Alexander
  • WHIP IT Shauna Cross
  • WORLD WAR Z J. Michael Straczynski
  • YES MAN Nicholas Stoller
  • ZOMBIELAND Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

2008

  • 47 RONIN Chris Morgan
  • 50/50 Will Reiser
  • A.C.O.D. Stu Zicherman & Ben Karlin
  • BAD TEACHER Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg
  • BROKEN CITY Brian Tucker
  • BUTTER Jason Micallef
  • COP OUT Robb & Mark Cullen
  • EASY A Bert V. Royal
  • EVERYTHING MUST GO Dan Rush
  • GAY DUDE Alan Yang
  • GOING THE DISTANCE Geoff LaTulippe
  • INGLORIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino
  • MEMOIRS (Remember Me) Will Fetters
  • NO STRINGS ATTACHED Elizabeth Meriwether
  • NOWHERE BOY Matt Greenhalgh
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, & Michael Robert Johnson
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY Julia Leigh
  • THE BACK-UP PLAN Kate Angelo
  • THE BEAVER Kyle Killeen
  • THE DESCENDANTS Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • THE FOURTH KIND Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • THE LOW DWELLER (Dust to Dust) Brad Inglesby
  • THE ORANGES Ian Helfer & Jay Reiss
  • UNTITLED VANESSA TAYLOR PROJECT (Hope Springs) Vanessa Taylor
  • UP IN THE AIR Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner

2009

  • 2 GUNS Blake Masters
  • 30 MINUTES OR LESS Michael Diliberti
  • ARTHUR Peter Baynham
  • BAYTOWN DISCO (AKA The Baytown Outlaws) Barry Battles & Griffin Hood
  • BURIED Chris Sparling
  • CEDAR RAPIDS Phil Johnston
  • CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER Rashida Jones & Will McCormack
  • DEVILS DOUBLE, THE Michael Thomas III
  • DUE DATE Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, & Todd Phillips
  • HANNA Seth Lochhead & David Farr
  • I HATE YOU, DAD (That's My Boy) David Caspe
  • MY MOTHER'S CURSE (The Guilt Trip) Dan Fogelman
  • NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (The Watch) Jared Stern
  • RED RIDING HOOD David Leslie Johnson
  • RESTLESS Jason Lew
  • TAKE THIS WALTZ Sarah Polley
  • THE HAND JOB (The To Do List) Maggie Carey
  • THE HUNGRY RABBIT JUMPS (Seeking Justice) Robert Tannen
  • THE KING'S SPEECH David Seidler
  • THE LAST STAND Andrew Knauer
  • THE SITTER Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka
  • THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin
  • THE TREES Tyler Hisel
  • WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS Allan Loeb
  • WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Richard LaGravanese
  • WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD (Lawless) Nick Cave

2010

  • ABDUCTION Shawn Christensen
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Seth Grahame-Smith
  • ARGO Chris Terrio
  • ATM Chris Sparling
  • BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY David Posamentier & Geoff Moore
  • CHRONICLE Max Landis
  • CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. John Requa & Glenn Ficarra
  • FUN SIZE Max Werner
  • GET A JOB Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel
  • LOLA VERSUS Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones
  • LOOPER Rian Johnson
  • MARGIN CALL JC Chandor
  • ONE DAY David Nicholls
  • OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Mitchell Kapner
  • PROM Katie Wech
  • SAFE HOUSE David Guggenheim
  • SERENA Chris Kyle
  • SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Evan Daugherty
  • STOKER Wentworth Miller
  • THE HUNGER GAMES Billy Ray
  • THE IMPOSSSIBLE Sergio G. Sanchez
  • WELCOME TO PEOPLE (People Like Us) Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci & Jody Lambert

2011

  • DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
  • GANGSTER SQUAD Will Beall
  • THE PRETTY ONE Jenee LaMarque

2012

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2013

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