Best Screenplays Books

Here you will get Best Screenplays Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. In the Heights: Finding Home

Author: by Lin-Manuel Miranda
288 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book gives readers an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegra Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.

[An] exuberant, unique, and invaluable record of dynamic, brilliant, and soulful creativity. Booklist (starred review)In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show’s vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan.

It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights.

That’s where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong? In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegra Hudes, the Pulitzer Prizewinning librettist of the Broadway musical and screenwriter of the film.

2. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Author: by Blake Snyder
195 pages

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Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by and why they’re important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea Mastering the 15 Beats Creating the Perfect Beast by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.

3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The First Novel By Quentin Tarantino

Author: by Quentin Tarantino
W&N (June 29, 2021)

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Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited first work of fiction – at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal – is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film. RICK DALTON – Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick’s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours.

Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? CLIFF BOOTH – Rick’s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he’s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder …

SHARON TATE – She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon’s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON – The ex-con’s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he’s their spiritual leader, but he’d trade it all to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.


4. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

Author: by Robert McKee


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Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni.

Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen.

No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

5. The Writer's Journey – 25th Anniversary Edition: Mythic Structure for Writers

Author: by Christopher Vogler
Michael Wiese Productions
510 pages

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Originally an influential memo Vogler wrote for Walt Disney Animation executives regarding The Lion King, The Writer’s Journey details a twelve-stage, myth-inspired method that has galvanized Hollywood’s treatment of cinematic storytelling. A format that once seldom deviated beyond a traditional three-act blueprint, Vogler’s comprehensive theory of story structure and character development has met with universal acclaim, and is detailed herein using examples from myths, fairy tales, and classic movies.

This book has changed the face of screenwriting worldwide over the last 25 years, and continues to do so.

6. Save the Cat!® Writes for TV: The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You'll Ever Need

Author: by Jamie Nash
272 pages

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Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!, the world’s top-selling story method for filmmakers and novelists, introduces The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You’ll Ever Need. Screenwriter Jamie Nash takes up Snyder’s torch to lay out a step-by-step approach using Blake’s principles for both new and experienced writers, including: -How to write and structure a compelling TV pilot that can launch both your series and your TV writing career -All the nuances, tricks, and techniques of pilot-writing: the Opening Pitch, the Guided Tour, the Whiff of Change, and more -The 8 Save the Cat!

TV Franchise Types that will improve your story and your pitch -The not-so-secret TV Pitch Template that turns your TV series into the necessary read-over-lunch industry document -a how-to in creating layered characters who are driven by complex internal struggles -Beat sheets of the pilots of Barry, Ozark, Grey’s Anatomy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, What We Do in the Shadows, Black-ish, The Mandalorian, This Is Us, Law and Order: SVU and more to help you crack your story Create your binge-worthy TV series with Save the Cat!Writes for TV.

7. The Godfather Notebook

Author: by Francis Ford Coppola
784 pages

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THE PUBLISHING SENSATION OF THE YEAR FOR EVERY FILM FAN The never-before-published edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo reveals the story behind one of the world’s most iconic films. The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed itFrancis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years oldreveals the intense creative process that went into making this seminal film.

With his meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo’s novel, the notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career.

Complete with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola and exclusive photographs from on and off the set, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of Coppola’s original notebook. This publication will change the way the world views the iconic filmand the process of filmmaking at large.

8. Snow Falling on Cedars

Author: by David Guterson
460 pages

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner AwardAmerican Booksellers Association Book of the Year AwardSan Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.

In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man’s guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries-memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo’s wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost.

Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense- one that leaves us shaken and changed.”Haunting….

9. The Hateful Eight

Author: by Quentin Tarantino
176 pages


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Academy Award-winning screenwriter Quentin Tarantino returns with his most infamous, most brilliant, most masterful screenplay yet? At the end of the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race toward the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Domergue to justice.

Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren, a former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter; and Chris Mannix, a renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff. Lost in a blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren, and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover.

When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob, who takes care of Minnie’s in the owner’s absence; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage; and Confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all …

10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay

Author: by J.K. Rowling
304 pages

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The Wizarding World journey continues … The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most of whom are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second screenplay in a five-film series to be written by J.K. Rowling, author of the internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Set in 1927, a few months after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and moving from New York to London, Paris and even back to Hogwarts, this story of mystery and magic reveals an extraordinary new chapter in the wizarding world.

11. Screenwriting For Dummies

Author: by Laura Schellhardt
For Dummies
368 pages

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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios.

You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z – from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters – from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script – from developing an outline and getting over writer’s block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood – from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry – from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story’s time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay – from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

12. Blank Screenwriting Notebook: Write Your Own Movies – 200 Pages of Pre-Formatted Script Templates – 8.5" x 11" Journal for Ideas + Notes in Sidebars for Writers of TV Shows & Films (Vomit Draft)

Author: by P.E. Robinson
204 pages

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The Blank, 200-Page Formatted Notebook to Spill Out Your Film and TV Scripts By Hand! Vomit Draft Screenwriting Notebooks are simple to understand and provide visual guidelines on every page to help shape your words into industry-style screenplays. Unlock your wildest spec film and TV scripts without pre-editing or time-wasting like many do in front of a keyboard.

Click on AUTHOR name for 8 genre colors! Matte cover to write Title on Spine. Guides for Titles, Slug Lines, Action, Dialogue, Characters, Page #s & Dates.’ Titles & Loglines page. 3-Act brainstorming pages. Notes & Objectives’ sidebars. 8 Scene bubbles to easily spot location changes later.

40 Horizontal lines numbered for accuracy. 200 Pages in all; 96 script pages, if using single-sided.Full-Bleed design. NO wifi or digital distractions. NO staring at blank white computer screens.NO lost files. Keep ideas in one place. NO dead batteries or clutter.

TRAVEL & write wherever you get your spark! END PROCRASTINATION or GIFT ONE TO A WRITER.

13. Inglourious Basterds: A Screenplay

Author: by Quentin Tarantino
Little, Brown and Company
176 pages

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From the most original and beloved screenwriter of his generation, the complete Oscar-nominated screenplay of Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic Inglorious Basterds. From the brilliant writer/director behind the iconic films Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, comes Tarantino’s most ambitious movie: a World War II epic starring Brad Pitt and filmed on location in Germany and France.

The action tale follows the parallel story of a guerrilla-like squad of American soldiers called “The Basterds” and the French Jewish teenage girl Shosanna who find themselves behind enemy Nazi lines during the German occupation. When the Inglourious Basterds encounter Shosanna at a propaganda screening at the movie house she runs, they conspire to launch an unexpected plot to end the war.

Pitt plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine – the leader of the Basterds. Raine is an illiterate hillbilly from the mountains of Tennessee who puts together a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers to hunt down the Nazis. Filled with Tarantino’s trademark electric dialogue and thrilling action sequences, Inglourious Basterds is one of the most celebrated films of the twenty-first century.

14. The Diary of Anne Frank

Author: by Frances Goodrich
122 pages

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The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett “This Drama Play is a wonderful addition to anyone who has a passion for Anne Frank related reading. A dramatization for the stage and ready for anyone, including schools, to use.”

15. Natural Born Killers: The Original Screenplay

Author: by Quentin Tarantino
Grove Press

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Natural Born Killers is a disturbing and brilliant indictment of violence in the media and American celebrity culture. Mickey and Mallory Knox, outlaw lovers on the run, go on a killing spree of startling viciousness – and find themselves transformed into cult celebrities by the tabloid media.

The film, directed by Oliver Stone, departed significantly from Tarantino’s original screenplay, so much so that Tarantino removed his name from the screenplay credits. Now available in America for the first time, the original screenplay offers fans and film buffs of all stripes the opportunity to compare Tarantino’s original vision with Stone’s version of the story of Mickey and Mallory.

16. The Screenwriter's Workout: Screenwriting Exercises and Activities to Stretch Your Creativity, Enhance Your Script, Strengthen Your Craft and Sell Your Screenplay

Author: by Will Hicks
452 pages

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Flex your screenwriting skills and stretch your creativity with The Screenwriter’s Workout! The Screenwriter’s Workout is a complete training program for your mind – with over 75 exercises and hundreds of activities specifically designed for both new and experienced screenwriters to train the neural pathways that generate story.

Have Fun While You:Design Dynamic Characters – New character creation tools make it easy to create characters designed to fit seamlessly with your script. Explore Structure – Delve inside structure to learn what it does, what it really is, and why you need it.

Create Stories – Explore the art, science and craft of cinematic narrative with story-building tools, lessons and theories specifically designed to enhance your storytelling skills. Redefine Conflict – Learn what conflict actually is and what it does to an audience.

Analyze Your Work – Save time and effort with rewriting tools to analyze the design of your screenplay. Craft Compelling Loglines – Learn how to write powerful loglines designed to help your screenplay sell. Discover Interactive Screenwriting – Learn the techniques and theories behind writing screenplays that engage and interact with audiences.