Free Screenplays of 2016’s Best Films


You can now read some of the great 2016 screenplays online for free. Valuable to critics and aspiring filmmakers or screenwriters alike, reading these can be a great way to focus on the details of how a scene comes together. You can more easily see the progression of the story and how theme and language create the structures that make the film palpable.

Below are links to the screenplays of several films I personally admired this year. 

The year’s best:

“Moonlight,” screenplay by Barry Jenkins (courtesy of A24)

“Manchester By The Sea,” screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan (courtesy of Amazon)

“Loving,” screenplay by Jeff Nichols (courtesy of Focus Features)

“Arrival,” screenplay by Eric Heisserer (courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

“Elle,” screenplay by David Birke (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Good films:

Captain Fantastic,”  screenplay by Matt Ross (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

Eye in the Sky,” screenplay by Guy Hibbert (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

Hail, Caesar!,” screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen (courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“Love & Friendship,” screenplay by Whit Stillman (courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Films I haven’t yet seen but am excited for:

“Jackie,” screenplay by Noah Oppenheim (courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

“Julieta,” screenplay by Pedro Almodovar (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (courtesy of Focus Features)

“Fences,” screenplay by August Wilson (courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

“20th Century Women,” screenplay by Mike Mills (courtesy of A24)



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