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The 10th edition of "The Black List" features 70 screenplays. Here are the first 38, indexed alphabetically, from A to M.

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Read and download all of the "Black List: 2014" screenplays. We have 70 of the 70 selected scripts from the 10th edition.

Four Your Consideration, we have the first 38 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through M, for quick access. From Zander Lehmann's "A Beautiful Game", to Marc Meyers's "My Friend Dahmer", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2014" scripts were chosen by more than 250 film-industry executives.

What is "The Black List" you ask? To find out how it all works, scroll down a little bit.

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Unsure about exactly what is "The Black List"? Read on.

Consider the name ironic. This isn't a list of scripts written by those who are unwelcome in the industry. Rather, "The Black List" is a compilation of "most liked" unproduced screenplays from a certain year. Screenwriters, young and old, repped or voiceless, submit their works for consideration.

Annually, since 2005, film industry executives read hundreds of screenplays and choose which ones are their favorite. Referred to as a "mention", favored scripts with the most mentions are featured on, in this regard, the "Black List: 2014".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Crazy, Stupid, Love", and "Source Code."

Black List: 2014 Index | Alphabetically From: A - M

    A Beautiful Game

    Written by: Zander Lehmann

    Mentions: 6

    A high school soccer star’s personal life becomes complicated leading up to his championship game as he develops a relationship with his soccer coach.

    A Garden at the End of the World

    Written by: Gary Graham

    Mentions: 7

    In a post-apocalyptic world, a recluse, trying to recreate trees to produce new life, takes in a young girl who is on the run from some bad men, including her father.


    Written by: Krysty Wilson-Cairns

    Mentions: 24 (8th overall in 2014)

    In near future London, a revolutionary technology has been invented that can record sounds hours after they were made. Detective Harry Orwell, inventor of this technology, is part of a pilot program where investigators record and analyze past sound waves and finds himself the prime suspect while investigating a string of brutal murders.

    Beauty Pageant

    Written by: Evan Mirzi | Shea Mirzai

    Mentions: 8

    After they unwittingly get their daughters disqualified from the child beauty circuit, two warring stage-mothers are forced to go head to head in an adult beauty pageant.


    Written by: Jeff Lock

    Mentions: 11

    The manager of a fast food chain in Muncie, Indiana gets in over his head with some bookies.


    Written by: F. Scott Frazier

    Mentions: 14

    As the Berlin Wall is being constructed at the height of the Cold War, a veteran CIA agent searches for a Soviet mole who has already killed several fellow agents, including a young agent he’s mentored.

    Big Time Adolescence (2019)

    Written by: Jason Orley

    Mentions: 10

    A sixteen year old virgin with a growth deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.

    Bird Box (2018)

    Written by: Eric Heisserer

    Mentions: 13

    A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight.


    Written by: Jared Cowie

    Mentions: 8

    As Britain struggles through the darkest hours of World War II, a naval officer, raw from the loss of his ship during the evacuation of Dunkirk, is thrust into the thick of the hunt for the Nazi super-battleship, Bismarck. Based on a true story.

    Black Winter

    Written by: Jonathan Stewart | Jake Crane

    Mentions: 11

    On the eve of a US-Soviet disarmament treaty, a British scientist and a NATO medical investigator discover a secret Soviet plot to unleash a terrifying biological weapon.


    Written by: Hernany Perla

    Mentions: 7

    Years after being fully paralyzed during an infamous bank robbery, a man is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. His only form of communicating with the outside world - and outsmarting his captors – is his ability to blink.

    Boston Strangler

    Written by: Chuck MacLean

    Mentions: 7

    In the 1960s, a determined detective puts his life and career on the line to solve the case of the Boston Strangler.

    Cartoon Girl

    Written by: Randall Green

    Mentions: 11

    When a young boy finds out that the cartoon character he’s in love with is based on a real girl, he drags his single father on a road trip to track her down.


    Written by: Kieran Fitzgerald

    Mentions: 25 (7th overall in 2014)

    Based on the documentary style film 'The Day Britain Stopped' directed by Gabriel Range, an oil tanker collides with an Iranian patrol boat in the Strait of Hormuz, triggering a chain of tragic disastrous events.

    Catherine the Great

    Written by: Kristina Lauren Anderson

    Mentions: 51 (1st overall in 2014)

    Sophia Augusta takes control of her life, her marriage, and her kingdom becoming Russia’s most celebrated and beloved monarch: Catherine the Great.


    Written by: Kimberly Barrante

    Mentions: 9

    When a missing astronaut crash lands forty years after he launched having not aged a day, his elderly twin brother helps him escape the NASA scientists hunting him. As the government closes in, neither brother is who they claim to be.

    Coffee & Kareem (2020)

    Written by: Shane McCarthy

    Mentions: 6

    An overweight, foul-mouthed nine year old reluctantly teams with the straight edge cop sleeping with his mom to take down Detroit’s most ruthless drug lord.


    Written by: Scott Wascha

    Mentions: 17

    A genre bending action comedy about a pill popping thug who begins to develop superpowers.


    Written by: Chris MacBride

    Mentions: 18 (11th overall in 2014)

    A CIA drone coordinator battles his own psychological health while trying to decipher whether his wife has been replaced.

    Erin's Voice

    Written by: Greg Sullivan

    Mentions: 7

    A deaf computer genius’ world is thrown into turmoil when he meets a troubled coffee shop waitress whose voice turns out to be the only thing he can miraculously hear.

    Everybody Wants Everything

    Written by: Abraham Higginbotham

    Mentions: 7

    As his life reaches its neurosis-inducing midpoint, a married man asks himself an eternal question with no real answer -- 'Am I living the life I want to be living, or do I need to start over before its too late?' Torn between two lives, he’s forced to do the one thing he doesn’t want to do — make a choice.

    Forgive Me

    Written by: Max Hurwitz

    Mentions: 6

    How Mike Wallace helped to create 60 Minutes and how years later, he confronted and dealt with his own depression.

    Gifted (2017)

    Written by: Tom Flynn

    Mentions: 7

    A thirty year old man attempts to continue raising his deceased sister’s seven year old daughter, a kid-genius, while battling his own mother for custody.

    Huntsville (n.k.a. Josie) (2018)

    Written by: Anthony Ragnone II

    Mentions: 13

    A girl tracks down the man responsible for her father’s death and avenges him.

    I Am Ryan Reynolds

    Written by: Billy Goulston

    Mentions: 9

    An inside look at the marriage, career, and mental state of 2010’s Sexiest Man Alive.

    In Real Time

    Written by: Chai Hecht

    Mentions: 6

    A young man convinced that his mentally unstable sister needs to relive her high school prom from ten years prior to overcome her depression goes to great lengths to recreate that event.

    In the Deep (n.k.a. The Shallows) (2016)

    Written by: Anthony Jaswinski

    Mentions: 13

    A lone surfer attacked by a shark and stranded on a reef must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries.

    In This, My Darkest Hour

    Written by: Bryan McMullin

    Mentions: 6

    A man rises to power during the California gold rush, tearing his family apart.


    Written by: Dave Callaham

    Mentions: 9

    After a group of bumbling teachers win a large amount of money, their greed and incompetence put them on a hilarious path toward death and destruction.

    LBJ (2016)

    Written by: Joey Hartstone

    Mentions: 7

    Lyndon Johnson goes from powerful Senate Majority Leader, powerless Vice President to President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

    Manchester by the Sea (2016)

    Written by: Kenneth Lonergan

    Mentions: 7

    An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.


    Written by: Eric Koenig

    Mentions: 15

    A prison psychologist has 48 hours to convince a serial killer to tell her the location of her final victim before she is executed.

    Mena (n.k.a. American Made) (2017)

    Written by: Gary Spinelli

    Mentions: 18 (12th overall in 2014)

    In the late 1970s to mid 1980s, Barry Seal, a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States, one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal.


    Written by: Andrew Bozalis, Derek Mether

    Mentions: 7

    When a disgraced former soldier finds success by working for a private security company, the illegal tactics the company employs challenges his worldview.

    Money Monster (2016)

    Written by: Alan DiFiore | Jim Kouf | Jamie Linden

    Mentions: 6

    After a man loses all his money in the stock market by following the advice of a Wall Street TV host, he takes the money adviser hostage on live television.


    Written by: David Weil

    Mentions: 16

    The investigation of a murder on a moon colony.

    Morgan (2016)

    Written by: Seth W. Owen

    Mentions: 8

    A corporate risk management consultant is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.

    My Friend Dahmer (2017)

    Written by: Marc Meyers

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy and during his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.

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