Best movies that are oscar winners in writing (screenplay based on material previously produced or published) category

L.A. Confidential(1997)

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Combined Critics Rating: 85

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Schindler's List(1993)

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Combined Critics Rating: 84

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

A Beautiful Mind(2001)

Combined Rating:
Combined Critics Rating: 79

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

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Combined Critics Rating: 77

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

The Cider House Rules(1999)

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Combined Critics Rating: 74

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

Sling Blade(1996)

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Combined Critics Rating: 69

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Howards End(1992)

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Combined Critics Rating: 74

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Gods and Monsters(1998)

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Combined Critics Rating: 66

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.


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Combined Critics Rating: 43

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Sense and Sensibility(1995)

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Combined Critics Rating: 42

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.