The Black List: 2015 • Screenplays • Part 1

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The 11th edition of "The Black List" features 81 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 40, indexed alphabetically, from A to L.

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Read and download all of the "Black List: 2015" screenplays. We have 81 of the 81 selected scripts from the 11th edition.

Four Your Consideration, we have the first 40 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through L, for quick access. From Andrew Cypiot's "105 and Rising: The Fall of Saigon", to Maggie Cohn's "Lou", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2015" 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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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: 2015".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Good Boys", and Oscar-winner "Argo."

Black List: 2015 Index | Alphabetically From: A - L

    105 and Rising: The Fall of Saigon

    Written by: Andrew Cypiot

    Mentions: 7

    Amid the chaos of a failing nation on April 29, 1975, the objective was clear: safely evacuate all remaining Americans from Saigon. But to Major Jim Kean and Ambassador Graham Martin, the moment represented something else: the final opportunity to uphold promises and obligations to the people of South Vietnam.

    A Life Fantastic

    Written by: Natalie Antoci

    Mentions: 8

    A single mother with a terminal diagnosis embarks on a road trip with her eccentric nine-year-old son and nanny to find a loving and progressive family that will accept him for whoever he may grow up to be.

    A Speck in the Sea

    Written by: Jeff Pope

    Mentions: 10

    Based on the article "A Speck in the Sea" by Paul Tough. The true story of the rescue of lobster fisherman John Aldridge who fell into the ocean in the middle of the night on July 24th, forty miles off Montauk with no life vest and no way to signal where he was.

    All the Money in the World (2017)

    Written by: David Scarpa

    Mentions: 17

    The story of the Getty kidnapping crisis encompassing the Red Brigades, the Italian tabloids and the Vatican.

    An African Western

    Written by: Chloe Castellón | Ridgeway Wilson

    Mentions: 8

    When a young African woman’s village is destroyed by a "Christian" paramilitary unit and her sister is kidnapped, she uses every weapon at her disposal on an odyssey to save her last living relative.


    Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet

    Mentions: 9

    The survival story of an astronaut whose space capsule crash lands in the African desert and whose mission to space was part of a larger conspiracy.

    Atlantic Wall

    Written by: Zach Dean

    Mentions: 8

    A lone American paratrooper stranded behind enemy lines hours before D-Day, is tasked with delivering intelligence critical to the outcome of the war and compelled to fulfill a promise to protect the young son of a murdered ally.

    Bare Knuckle

    Written by: David Matillo

    Mentions: 11

    New York City 1862: The bare knuckle boxing champion, Bad Jack, develops a crush on a common French girl and uses his political influence to send her Irish lumberman husband off to the Civil War so he can take her for his own.

    Battle of New Orleans

    Written by: Daniel Kunka

    Mentions: 10

    In one of the greatest untold stories in American history, General and future President Andrew Jackson reluctantly partners with world-renowned pirate Jean Lafitte to lead a rag-tag team of soldiers against the indomitable British Army in the climactic battle of the War of 1812.

    Bed Rest (2022)

    Written by: Lori Evans Taylor

    Mentions: 8

    An expectant mother who is confined to bed rest starts to experience paranormal events.


    Written by: Chris Bremner

    Mentions: 12

    Set around the Blackfriars massacre of 1978, the true story of a Boston police officer and a con-man-turned-witness, who become unlikely friends hiding out in Bermuda, ultimately perpetrating a con on the Boston DA they’re tasked to serve.


    Written by: Matt King

    Mentions: 18

    A slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country.


    Written by: Mattson Tomlin

    Mentions: 17

    A teenage boy is born with special abilities and spends his childhood switching names and cities in order to keep his identity hidden. When he loses control and accidentally kills his father, he and his mother have to go on the run.


    Written by: Isaac Adamson

    Mentions: 44 (1st overall in 2015)

    A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.


    Written by: Ori Guendelman | Rob McClelland

    Mentions: 21 (10th overall in 2015)

    After an accidental hit and run, a young lawyer’s entire life unravels over the span of one night as he attempts to dispose of a corpse that turns out to be way more than an innocent victim.


    Written by: Matías Caruso

    Mentions: 6

    A deadly carnival knife-thrower hunts down the members of a powerful crime syndicate who murdered his sister.

    Castle Drive

    Written by: Matthew Scott Weiner

    Mentions: 14

    Based on real events, the story of the writing of Fatal Vision, the 1983 bestselling true crime classic that chronicles the summer journalist Joe McGinness spent with "Green Beret Killer" Jeffrey McDonald while he was on trial for the brutal murder of his wife and children.

    Chappaquiddick (2017)

    Written by: Taylor Allen | Andrew Logan

    Mentions: 14

    A historically factual look at what really happened when Ted Kennedy drove off the road into a Martha’s Vineyard bay with Mary Jo Kopechne in the car.

    Circle of Treason

    Written by: Anna Waterhouse | Joe Shrapnel

    Mentions: 14

    Based on the book "Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and The Men He Betrayed" written by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. When two women in the CIA suspect there is a mole working there, they have to overcome the institution’s hierarchy and chauvinism to bring down the traitor.

    Crater (2022)

    Written by: John Griffin

    Mentions: 34 (5th overall in 2015)

    On the moon, five teens take an unauthorized and adventure-filled road trip just before one of them is to be sent away on a seventy-five year journey to another planet, leaving behind his best friends.

    Crimson Trail

    Written by: Jeremy Shipp

    Mentions: 10

    Based on a true story. Devastated by the cold-blooded murder of his family, a devout frontier preacher risks his soul to lead a posse in pursuit of the Harpe Brothers -- America’s first serial killers.

    Crook County

    Written by: Gita Pullapilly | Aron Gaudet

    Mentions: 6

    A whistleblower’s harrowing journey into an undercover FBI operation in 1980’s Cook County, Illinois, sending him toe-to-toe with corrupt judges, hustling defense attorneys, and Chicago mobsters; and ultimately resulting in the largest number of convictions of government officials in the history of the United States.

    Cut and Run

    Written by: Zoë McCarthy

    Mentions: 14

    A female urologist and a retired hooker form an unlikely friendship when they team up to take down a notorious sex trafficker in Miami.


    Written by: Bryan McMullin

    Mentions: 6

    After first being locked up in a tower and then hidden deep in the forest to prevent a prince from rescuing her, long-haired Rapunzel vows to get revenge.

    Do No Harm

    Written by: Julia Cox

    Mentions: 16

    An ambitious surgeon’s life takes a dangerous turn when she indulges in an affair with a doctor whose god complex challenges her own.

    Dreamland (2019)

    Written by: Nicolaas Zwart

    Mentions: 18

    With his family’s farm on the precipice of foreclosure, fifteen-year-old Eugene Evans is determined to capture a fugitive bank robber and collect the bounty on her head. Against all odds, he beats out the FBI and the local police to capture her, only to discover that all may not be what it seems.

    Eli (2019)

    Written by: David Chirchirillo

    Mentions: 21 (11th overall in 2015)

    Having moved into a "clean house" to treat his auto-immune disorder, eleven-year-old Eli begins to believe that the house is haunted. Unable to leave, Eli soon realizes that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear.

    Francis and the Godfather

    Written by: Andrew Farotte

    Mentions: 6

    Facing financial ruin, auteur filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is forced to direct the adaptation of Mario Puzo’s pulp novel The Godfather, pitting him against legendary mega-producer Robert Evans in this comedy about art versus commerce.

    Free Agent

    Written by: Sam Regnier

    Mentions: 6

    A female NBA executive for the Golden State Warriors pursues the biggest free agent of her career while managing a messy divorce and a complicated relationship with a younger colleague and his teenage sister.

    Great Falls

    Written by: Andy Friedhof

    Mentions: 11

    After negligently killing a hunter with their patrol car, an alcoholic Sheriff’s Deputy and her superior officer must decide what to do with the only witness to their crime - a death row inmate only days from execution.

    Green River Killer

    Written by: Michael Sheen

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the Eisner Award winning graphic novel of the same name. The story follows the detectives in the Green River Killer case as they attempt to unravel not only the facts behind the gruesome series of murders that plagued the Pacific North West for over a decade, but also the psychosis of the killer they now find themselves face to face with.


    Written by: Mike Van Waes

    Mentions: 16

    A terminally-ill teenager looking for answers about his missing father finds a key that unlocks an opening to an alternate animated dimension, and a new friend helps him repair his broken family.


    Written by: Jacques Edeline

    Mentions: 7

    A teenage boy, raised in total seclusion and indoctrinated by his enigmatic father, is sent to live with a foster family and enrolled in a public high school when his father is incarcerated, threatening their relationship and causing the boy to question everything he’s learned.

    Hunting Eichmann (n.k.a. Operation Finale) (2018)

    Written by: Matthew Orton

    Mentions: 10

    The thrilling capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann by a secret Mossad team in South America.

    I Believe in America

    Written by: William Peter Blatty (as Terence Clyne)

    Mentions: 8

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE GODFATHER, revealing the creative forces behind one of the finest American films ever made were all as cunning and ruthless as the mobsters portrayed in Mario Puzo’s bestseller.

    Ida Tarbell

    Written by: Mark McDevitt

    Mentions: 8

    Ida Tarbell’s magazine series "The History of the Standard Oil Company," would not only change the history of journalism, but also the fate of Rockefeller’s empire, shaken by the powerful pen of its most implacable observer.

    LAbyrinth (n.k.a. City of Lies) (2018)

    Written by: Christian Contreras

    Mentions: 10

    Based on the book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan. The story of the investigation into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG.


    Written by: Will Staples | Tony Camerino

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the book How to Break a Terrorist by Tony Camerino. The story of America’s search for terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the man who played a key role in tracking him down by using psychological warfare.


    Written by: Maggie Cohn

    Mentions: 8

    An elderly woman who hacks out a rough existence on a remote island is forced to help her dimwitted neighbor rescue her daughter from her ex who has kidnapped her and run off into the woods.

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