The Black List: 2016 Screenplays • Part 5

The Black List 2016 screenplays part 5.

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The 12th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 11, indexed alphabetically, from M to P.

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Read and download nearly all of the "Black List: 2016" screenplays. We have 73 of the 73 selected scripts from this particular year.

And, For Your Consideration, we have the next 11 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from M through P, for quick access. From Joseph J. Greenberg's and David Robert Mitchell's "Man Alive," to Liz Hannah's "The Post," 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".

Man Alive

Written by: Joseph J. Greenberg | David Robert Mitchell

Mentions: 14

After an alien invasion takes over the minds of humankind, one survivor known as "Man" must make peace with the alien force to fight a greater evil.

Maximum King!

Written by: Shay Hatten

Mentions: 15

An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed his horror classic MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE.

Miller's Girl

Written by: Jade Bartlett

Mentions: 6

A precocious young writer becomes involved with her high school creative writing teacher in a dark coming of age drama that examines the blurred lines of emotional connectivity between professor and protégé, child and adult.

The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire (2024)

Written by: Ben Bolea

Mentions: 18 (13th overall in 2016)

The unbelievable true story of a family man from Alaska in the midst of a midlife crisis who embarks on what he hoped would be a dream sailing vacation but ends up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with a charming but psychotic sea captain who has decided to stop taking his medication.

Mr. Toy

Written by: Chai Hecht

Mentions: 6

The true story of Marvin Glass, brilliant, charismatic, self-loathing, paranoid, demanding – and probably the greatest toy inventor of all time.

Northeast Kingdom

Written by: Alex R. Johnson

Mentions: 12

When Angie witnesses the betrayal and murder of her father during a smuggler’s drop, the vigilant and determined young woman calls in the help of a mysterious female assassin to seek revenge against all those responsible.

The Olympian

Written by: Tony Tost

Mentions: 35 (3rd overall in 2016)

The true story of an underdog rower trying to make it into the 1984 Olympics, told through the story of his relationships with his coach, his father, his fiancée, and with competition itself.


Written by: Steve Desmond | Michael Sherman

Mentions: 8

Inspired by actual events from a phenomenon that occurred in 1974, a young married couple discover a mysterious metallic orb in the woods near their house following a meteor shower. While the unusual object dazzles the couple by exhibiting some awe-inspiring properties, its true purposes are revealed to be far more sinister than they could ever imagine.

Oxygen (2021)

Written by: Christie LeBlanc

Mentions: 22 (7th overall in 2016)

Waking up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there, Charlie must somehow escape the chamber before her air runs out.

Palmer (2021)

Written by: Cheryl Guerriero

Mentions: 7

A recently-paroled convict returns to his hometown in the South, where he forms an unlikely-but-powerful bond with a young, effeminate boy.

The Post (2017)

Written by: Liz Hannah

Mentions: 35 (4th overall in 2016)

Before Watergate, there was the Pentagon Papers. This is the true story of how Washington Post scion Katharine Graham and legendary editor Ben Bradlee overcame their differences to publish the story that would change their lives.

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