Best movies that are oscar winners or nominees in writing (screenplay written directly for the screen) category

Almost Famous(2000)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 86

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.



American Beauty(1999)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.



Saving Private Ryan(1998)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.



Pulp Fiction(1994)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 82

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.



The Truman Show(1998)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 83

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.



Being John Malkovich(1999)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 83

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.



Gosford Park(2001)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 85

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.



Toy Story(1995)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.



Shakespeare in Love(1998)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 82

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.



The Royal Tenenbaums(2001)

Combined Rating:
86
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry.



Gladiator(2000)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 76

When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.



Unforgiven(1992)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 78

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.



Fargo(1996)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 77

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.



Magnolia(1999)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 78

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.



Back to the Future(1985)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 75

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.



Platoon(1986)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 76

A young recruit in Viet Nam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.



Do the Right Thing(1989)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 80

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.



Erin Brockovich(2000)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 76

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.



Thelma & Louise(1991)

Combined Rating:
81
Combined Critics Rating: 74

Two best friends set out on an adventure but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the American police as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed!



Boogie Nights(1997)

Combined Rating:
81
Combined Critics Rating: 73

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.




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