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The 8th edition of "The Black List" features 78 screenplays. Here are the first 39, indexed alphabetically, from A to M.

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Read and download all of the "Black List: 2012" screenplays. We have all 78 of the 78 selected scripts from the 8th edition.

Four Your Consideration, we have the first 39 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through M, for quick access. From Sean Armstrong's "A Country of Strangers", to Will Simmons's "Murder City", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2012" scripts were chosen by more than 290 film-industry executives as some of the best unproduced scripts this year.

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 evaluation and possible 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: 2012".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Disturbia", and "Hanna."

Black List: 2012 Index | Alphabetically From: A - M

    A Country of Strangers

    Written by: Sean Armstrong

    Mentions: 43 (2nd overall in 2012)

    Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.

    All-Nighter (n.k.a. Run All Night) (2015)

    Written by: Brad Ingelsby

    Mentions: 11

    An aging hitman goes up against his boss over a single night in order to protect his family.

    Almanac (n.k.a. Project Almanac) (2015)

    Written by: Jason Pagan | Andrew Stark

    Mentions: 6

    A group of high school kids discover how to time travel, but fail to recognize the potential consequences.


    Written by: Ben Poole

    Mentions: 20

    In a China-dominated near future, a former LAPD officer attempts to save his family from destitution in Los Angeles by working for a crime lord in the American ghetto within a thriving Hong Kong.

    Black Box

    Written by: David Guggenheim

    Mentions: 13

    When Air Force One crashes, a journalist discovers a cover up after gaining access to the plane’s black box data and must unravel the mystery.

    Bleeding Kansas

    Written by: Russell Sommer | Dan Frey

    Mentions: 7

    A runaway slave and a sheriff must journey to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Gubernatorial candidate against the backdrop of Kansas’ induction into statehood and whether or not it would be a slave or free state.

    Border Country

    Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes

    Mentions: 8

    A veteran goes to war against a crew of corrupt cops intent on controlling the US / Mexico border.

    Cherries (n.k.a. Blockers) (2018)

    Written by: Brian Kehoe | Jim Kehoe

    Mentions: 13

    Three fathers learn of their teenage daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night and band together to stop them.


    Written by: Natasha Pincus

    Mentions: 19

    After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.

    Comancheria (n.k.a. Hell or High Water) (2016)

    Written by: Taylor Sheridan

    Mentions: 19

    Two brothers, one an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two kids, face the foreclosure of their family’s West Texas farm. They team for a skillfully-calculated bank robbing spree that puts them on a collision course with two Texas Rangers determined to take them down.

    Come and Find Me (2016)

    Written by: Zack Whedon

    Mentions: 6

    When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be.


    Written by: Marissa Jo Cerar

    Mentions: 9

    A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.

    Devils at Play

    Written by: James Dilapo

    Mentions: 28 (10th overall in 2012)

    In the Soviet Union in 1937, a worker of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs finds a list of traitors, which he thinks is going to be his way out.

    Don't Make Me Go (2022)

    Written by: Vera Herbert

    Mentions: 6

    When a single father to a teenage daughter learns that he has a fatal brain tumor, he takes her on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before and to try to teach her everything she might need over the rest of her life.


    Written by: Evan Mirzai | Shea Mirzai

    Mentions: 8

    Buttoned-down 20-something Eric isn’t ready to marry his longtime girlfriend Abby. His only way out is through slacker Sam, his identical twin brother, who offers to pose as Eric to do the dumping. But the plan becomes a disaster when Sam realizes Abby is actually really cool--and falls head over heels for her.

    Draft Day (2014)

    Written by: Rajiv Joseph | Scott Rothman

    Mentions: 63 (1st overall in 2012)

    On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.

    El Tigre

    Written by: Aaron Buchsbaum | Teddy Riley

    Mentions: 15

    A family vacation goes horribly awry when the father is mistaken for the most ruthless drug lord in Mexico, El Tigre.

    Ex Boyfriend of the Bride

    Written by: Matt Hausfater

    Mentions: 7

    After discovering one of their high school sweethearts is getting married, two best friends head to the wedding in order to stop the bride from going through with it.

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

    Written by: Michael Werwie

    Mentions: 31 (7th overall in 2012)

    Based on a true (and ultimately surprising) story, a promising young law student fights an oppressive legal system and growing public scrutiny when his routine traffic stop snowballs into shocking criminal charges, imprisonment, daring escapes, and ultimately acting as his own attorney in a nationally televised murder trial.

    Fathers & Daughters (2015)

    Written by: Brad Desch

    Mentions: 25

    A woman recalls her close relationship with her famous novelist father while struggling to overcome her fear of emotional involvement with her first real boyfriend.

    Flower (2017)

    Written by: Alex McAulay

    Mentions: 19

    A coming of age story about the unlikely bond that forms between a sexually adventurous teenage girl and her obese, mentally unstable step-brother.

    From New York to Florida

    Written by: Austin Reynolds

    Mentions: 13

    An undisciplined boy is sent to Florida for the summer with his grandparents, and the drive south changes him forever.

    Fuck Marry Kill

    Written by: Neel Shah | Alex Blagg

    Mentions: 6

    Three best friends return for their high school reunion intent on righting all the wrongs done to them in high school … by either fucking, marrying, or killing their tormentors.


    Written by: Jeff Shakoor

    Mentions: 18

    When an acerbic alcoholic finds himself penniless and alone he has no choice but to crash his family’s holiday. Years of alienating them makes for a stiff challenge, but eventually he subtly helps them heal.


    Written by: Carter Blanchard

    Mentions: 29 (8th overall in 2012)

    When three friends go missing on a camping trip in a forest rumored to be haunted, the two left behind discover clues that lead them to a safe deposit box containing video tapes... showing exactly what happened to their friends.

    Goodbye, Felix Chester

    Written by: Max Taxe

    Mentions: 9

    After finding out he has a month left to live, high school junior Felix Chester focuses all of his time and energy on one goal: losing his virginity to his dream girl.

    Hey, Stella!

    Written by: Tom Shephard

    Mentions: 13

    The story of how Marlon Brando won the role of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan’s Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire.


    Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet | Will Frank

    Mentions: 7

    A wrongly convicted inmate volunteers for a hibernation experiment in exchange for one day of parole every five years, which he uses to prove his innocence and search for his missing daughter across an increasingly futuristic landscape.

    Hold on to Me

    Written by: Brad Ingelsby

    Mentions: 6

    Based on an article written by Hillel Levin and Jim Keene, a ruthless and money-hungry woman uses a hapless man as a pawn in her criminal schemes.

    If They Move... Kill 'Em

    Written by: Kel Symons

    Mentions: 21

    After losing his luster and respect in Hollywood, famed director Sam Peckinpah hopes to direct his next great film with financial backing from Colombian drug lords and brings along a novice screenwriter to write the film in Colombia.

    Jojo Rabbit (2019)

    Written by: Taika Waititi

    Mentions: 12

    After being severely hurt by a grenade at Hitler youth camp, a prideful and nationalistic ten-year old boy discovers that his mother is hiding a fifteen year old Jewish girl in their house.

    King of Heists

    Written by: Will Staples

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the book King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America, written by J. North Conway. An unassuming man in the elite New York society assembles a crew that pulls off the largest bank heist in American history in 1878.

    Man of Tomorrow

    Written by: Jeremy Slater

    Mentions: 16

    In an alternate 1940s reality, the US Government makes a deal with an indestructible gangster to kill Hitler in exchange for the city of Chicago, which he will build into his own utopia. Unfortunately his model city never comes to fruition and both he and his Bureau liaison get much of the slack for destroying one of America’s greatest cities and now the government wants him dead.


    Written by: Justin Kremer

    Mentions: 11

    It is 1951. Junior Senator Joe McCarthy feels lost. He’s anonymous, just another suit on Capitol Hill. He craves attention and celebrity. He’s desperate to be noticed, to be adored. Inspired by the response of the American public to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, McCarthy decides that communism will be his defining issue. What follows is nearly unthinkable -- national fame, a shocking conspiracy, a sitting President afraid to oppose him, and a torrid journey of self destruction and paranoia.

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

    Written by: Jesse Andrews

    Mentions: 29 (9th overall in 2012)

    Based on Andrews’s eponymous novel, a quirky high school student who enjoys making films sparks a friendship with a classmate dying of leukemia.

    Midnight at Noon

    Written by: Nathaniel Halpern

    Mentions: 7

    On the run after robbing a bank during the great depression, two brothers find themselves trapped in the harsh region known as the Dust Bowl where a ruthless killer hunts them down.


    Written by: Matt Ackley

    Mentions: 6

    A dangerous love affair between a photojournalist and a black market smuggler set against the June 2001 massacre of the Royal Family in Nepal.

    Murder City

    Written by: Will Simmons

    Mentions: 15

    An ensemble crime story set in Detroit about an ex-con who goes back for one last heist in order to settle his family’s debt.

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