WGA's 100 Funniest Screenplays

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Re: WGA's 100 Funniest Screenplays

Postby Kellens101 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:54 pm

I'll just post my favorites in no particular order:
Duck Soup
Some Like it Hot
Tootsie
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It Happened One Night
The Thin Man
Top Hat
Bullets over Broadway
Groundhog Day
To Be or Not to Be
My Man Godfrey
What's up Doc?
Bringing up Baby
Modern Times
City Lights
The Great Dictator
Monseiur Verdoux
Mash
Singin in the Rain
Dr. Strangelove
Annie Hall
Almost Famous
Ghost World
The Awful Truth
The Producers
500 Days of Summer
Sideways
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Being John Malkovich
Adaptation
Toy Story
Nebraska
The Royak Tenenbaums
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Palm Beach Story
A Night at the Opera
Paper Moon
Young Frankenstein
Broadcast News
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Back to the Future
The Truman Show
Shakespeare in Love
Victor/Victoria
High Fidelity
American Hustle
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Re: WGA's 100 Funniest Screenplays

Postby mlrg » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:45 pm

You should save a spot for a movie from The Monty Python. Any movie, just pick your favourite because they should be on this list

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Re: WGA's 100 Funniest Screenplays

Postby Kellens101 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:32 pm

Tootsie and Some Like it Hot, without a doubt two of the greatest, funniest comedies ever and ones with perfect screenwriting!

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WGA's 100 Funniest Screenplays

Postby The Original BJ » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:16 pm

This month, the WGA is asking its members to vote on the 101 Funniest Screenplays, to be published in a list similar to their list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays a few years back. And, as I am now a card-carrying WGA member...I get a ballot! I have until April 30th to submit my choices, and as I go about doing so, I thought I might enlist some of my favorite film historians (i.e. you guys) to help me.

Here's basically how the ballot works: I get to submit 15 titles, in no particular order. All films must be over one hour in length (no shorts), must have been released theatrically first before they aired on television, and can include silent, animated, and documentary films (as well as screenplays not written under WGA contracts.) The only really exemption is that screenplays written in a language other than English cannot be included.

I'm not necessarily looking for anything in particular from you guys -- if some people are interested in posting their personal top 15, that would be of interest. If others are interested in talking about what some of their choices might be and why, that would be of interest too. Even in just starting to think about possibilities, some interesting questions arise. There are comedies that I think are pretty wonderful that I remember more for their moving dramatic moments than necessarily big belly laughs (City Lights would immediately come to mind.) And then there are movies that I think are genuinely laugh-out-loud funny but that I wouldn't at all consider among the most all-time memorable works of screenwriting (like, say, Airplane!) And then there's the question of whether or not, with only 15 slots, one should spread the wealth among screenwriters to give support to a wide range of different types of films, or if folks like Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, and Preston Sturges deserve to be cited multiple times.

I've got a month to come up with my titles, but if anyone wants to make a case for any of their favorites, I'm all ears! (And if no one is, then no worries.)


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