The Black List: 2016 Screenplays • Part 1

Black List 2016 screenplays part 1.

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The 12th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 13, indexed alphabetically, from A to B.

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Read and download all of the "Black List: 2016" screenplays. We have all 73 of the 73 selected scripts from the 12th edition.

And, For Your Consideration, we have the first 13 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through B, for quick access. From Aaron and Jordan Kandell's "Adrift," to Jenny Halper's "The Burning Season," and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2016" 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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Discover more about the "Black List: 2016" scripts

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: 2016".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Spotlight," and "The Sleepover."

Adrift (2018)

Written by: Aaron Kandell | Jordan Kandell

Mentions: 10

In this incredible true story of love and survival, Tami Ashcraft sails into the heart of a hurricane and embarks on a harrowing 41 day odyssey against impossible odds to save the man she loves.

Allison Adams

Written by: Devon Graye

Mentions: 6

A little girl goes missing in a small town, and the key to finding her resides with four disparate women who share nothing in common except for the young girl’s name…Allison Adams.

America: The Motion Picture (2021)

Written by: Dave Callaham

Mentions: 6

An R-rated action comedy, animated, revisionist history of the founding of the United States of America.

American Rebel

Written by: Christopher Cosmos

Mentions: 9

The true story of Deborah Sampson, a woman from Massachusetts who risked her life by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army to help fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.

Bad Education (2019)

Written by: Mike Makowsky

Mentions: 6

The beloved superintendent of New York's Roslyn school district and his staff, friends and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.


Written by: Rosalind Ross

Mentions: 11

Based on the true story of Boudicca, a queen and warrior of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

Battle of Alcatraz

Written by: Neil Widener | Gavin James

Mentions: 14

A plan to escape from Alcatraz prison turns into a battle and hostage crisis that pits armed prisoners against US Army troops for two full days.

Bitter Pill

Written by: Turner Hay

Mentions: 6

When an out-of-work divorced mother stops taking the court-ordered medication that made her feel like a zombie, her brazenly immoral, fifteen-year-old imaginary friend appears to get her life back on track.

Blonde Ambition

Written by: Elyse Hollander

Mentions: 48 (1st overall in 2016)

In 1980s New York, Madonna struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposal.

Boyfriend Material

Written by: Mackenzie Dohr

Mentions: 8

In the near future, a heartbroken girl who hates technology participates in an experiment that allows you to program a robot into your dream man.

The Builder

Written by: Tom Cartier

Mentions: 11

A look inside the tortuous drama of Donald Trump’s first Manhattan real estate deal, his relationships with troubled older brother Freddy and famed fixer Roy Cohn, and how they all created the Trump of today.

Burn Run

Written by: Matt Tente

Mentions: 7

In war-torn Afghanistan, an American mercenary team is hired to escort a 20-ton heroin seizure bound for destruction but get caught up in a botched drug deal when their leader goes rogue, forcing them to overcome various enemies who wish to steal it.

The Burning Season (2022)

Written by: Jenny Halper

Mentions: 8

A primatologist takes her teenage daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationship and safety at risk. Based on the short story "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us" by Laura Van Den Berg.

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