The Black List: 2018 • Screenplays • Part 2

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The 14th edition of the "Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are 35 of them, indexed from N to Z.

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They're listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. For Your Consideration, the next batch of 35 scripts. From Graham Moore's "Naked Is the Best Disguise", to Matt Whitaker's, "Your Boy", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2018" scripts were chosen by industry executives as their favorite among unproduced screenplays from the past year.

What is the "Black List" you ask? It may not be exactly what you'd expect. Discover more, below.

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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 particular 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: 2018".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past scripts include "The Babysitter", "Manchester by the Sea" and "The Founder."

Black List: 2018 Index | Alphabetically From: N - Z

    Naked Is the Best Disguise

    Written by: Graham Moore

    Mentions: 8

    In a near future in which illegal new technology allows specific memories to be removed from one person’s brain and inserted into another's, a woman who deals in black market memories is accused of murdering a man she does not remember knowing.

    Nobody Nothing Nowhere

    Written by: Alex Fischer | Rachel Wolther

    Mentions: 7

    Ruth is one of the non-people: human-looking beings designed and trained for the sole purpose of filling in a realistic world for a bland guy named Dave, the only person to actually exist on Earth. Tired of serving as an extra in someone else’s life, she has the audacity to demand a life of her own.

    One Night in Mississippi

    Written by: Michele Atkins

    Mentions: 7

    An elderly black man in present day with onset dementia must confront the secrets of his past in order to pursue a man, thought deceased, involved in the white supremacist killing of his brother in 1964 Mississippi.

    Our Condolences

    Written by: Greg Kalleres

    Mentions: 13

    A couple navigates their relationship after another couple, with whom they’re close, tragically loses their child.


    Written by: Hannah Hafey | Kaitlin Smith

    Mentions: 8

    A story of power, betrayal, scandal, and deceit – you know, high school.

    Promising Young Woman (2020)

    Written by: Emerald Fennell

    Mentions: 30 (6th overall in 2018)

    Still hurting years later from the suicide of her mistreated best friend, a woman is torn between seeking vengeance on the lost friend’s behalf and moving on with her life.


    Written by: Harry Tarre

    Mentions: 8

    Based on the inspiring true story of the world’s first openly transgender high school Prom Queen, Corey Rae.

    Queen & Slim (2019)

    Written by: Lena Waithe

    Mentions: 9

    The story of a black man and a black woman whose first date goes awry after they are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. After killing the police officer in self-defense, they decide against turning themselves in and go on the run.

    Queens of the Stoned Age

    Written by: Elyse Hollander

    Mentions: 13

    Forced out of a fashion industry that exploited her, former model Honey stumbles into dealing weed to make ends meet – and soon discovers a gift for it. Hiring all her model friends to work with her, they quickly become one of the biggest weed dealers in New York City, knowing all the right people and using their looks and charm to avoid detection. But their success soon brings all the wrong kinds of attention... and they find themselves in a fight for their lives. Based on a true story.


    Written by: Krystin Ver Linden

    Mentions: 7

    The story of NASA’s least likely female candidate, Sally Ride, as she becomes America’s most likely hero as the first American woman in space.

    Rub & Tug

    Written by: Gary Spinelli

    Mentions: 14

    In 1970s Pittsburgh, Dante 'Tex' Gill (fka Jean Marie Gill) runs a massage parlor and steroids operation that challenges the mob, rising to power with the support of the gay community and girlfriend Cynthia.

    Saddam & Me

    Written by: Larry J. Cohen

    Mentions: 14

    The true story of the FBI’s interrogation of Saddam, carried out by a special agent whose family came to the US as refugees from Lebanon, ultimately leading to the discovery that there were no WMDs in Iraq.


    Written by: Ryan Jaffe

    Mentions: 7

    Sharon Osbourne tells the story of her relationship with Ozzy before they were married.


    Written by: Meredith Dawson

    Mentions: 7

    When a young African-American woman takes a job at a well-known venture capitalist firm in Silicon Valley, she must figure out a way to succeed in an elitist society where she feels inherently excluded.

    The 29th Accident

    Written by: Alanna Brown

    Mentions: 8

    A young man tragically loses his wife on the day of their wedding. He is devastated, until four years later on their wedding anniversary, he awakens to find his beloved wife alive and well beside him.

    The Biscuit

    Written by: Jack Waz

    Mentions: 19 (12th overall in 2018)

    In 1998, a teacher and her veteran husband find a way to afford the family they’ve always dreamed of: by selling America’s nuclear launch codes after President Bill Clinton loses them.

    The Broodmare

    Written by: Michael Voyer

    Mentions: 20 (10th overall in 2018)

    When a recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous decides to make amends with his high school sweetheart, he soon realizes that her newfound love of equines may have some darker, more sinister connections.

    The Defender (2023)

    Written by: E. Nicholas Mariani

    Mentions: 8

    At the height of Jim Crow, a courageous black attorney with the audacious name of Scipio Africanus Jones risks his life and career to defend eighty-seven men wrongfully accused of murder, taking the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court and achieving a stunning victory that will change American history forever. Based on a true story.

    The Fastest Game

    Written by: Katie Werner | Zach Werner

    Mentions: 11

    Miami, 1975. Ronnie Weiss, a law school graduate primed to start his life, is suddenly saddled with his late- father’s enormous gambling debt and thrust into a world he has desperately tried to avoid. To climb out of the hole and escape a notorious Miami Beach bookie, Ronnie and a childhood friend devise a betting system that exploits the glamorous, high-stakes sport of Jai Alai, making millions of dollars and enemies of the Boston Mob and Federal Government in the process. Based on a true story.

    The Half of It (2020)

    Written by: Alice Wu

    Mentions: 8

    A smart, lonely teen is commissioned by the high school running-back to write love letters to the object of his, and her, affection.

    The Interventionist

    Written by: Colin Bannon

    Mentions: 7

    When renowned interventionist Warren Man’s daughter, Christy, suffers a relapse and her family is forced to deal with their inner demons at the site of a tragedy that tore them apart, it slowly becomes clear that this is no ordinary relapse, but something much more sinister.

    The Kings of Cool

    Written by: Jon Dorsey

    Mentions: 9

    During segregation in the 1960s American South, a nerdy teen tries to win a student election at an all-black high school, but he’ll have to defeat a blossoming badass named Samuel L. Jackson to do so. Based on a true story.

    The Liberators

    Written by: Madison Turner

    Mentions: 10

    At the height of World War II, a headstrong African-American tank commander and his crew plow through war- torn Europe, determined to prove themselves as equals and bring Hitler to his knees.

    The Second Life of Ben Haskins

    Written by: Matt Kic | Mike Sorce

    Mentions: 8

    Ben Haskins loses his battle with cancer, leaving his beloved wife Kat a widow. About twenty years later, a mysterious new technology has brought Ben’s consciousness back - but into a different body, one belonging to a more recently deceased man. After acclimating to his new self, Ben asks to be reunited with his long lost wife, only to discover she has opted never to see him again. Convinced this must be a mistake, Ben enlists a new friend to help him in the search to win back the love of his (former) life.

    The Seventh

    Written by: Reiss Clauson-Wolf | Julian Silver

    Mentions: 18

    A look at the regiment led by Colonel Custer in the days leading up to the disastrous fight at Little Bighorn against Sitting Bull.

    The United States of America v. Bill Gates

    Written by: Justin Kremer

    Mentions: 11

    An inexperienced and idealistic twentysomething finds himself at the center of the largest anti-trust suit in modern American history when his idol, billionaire behemoth Bill Gates, wages war against his young internet company.

    The Worst Guy of All Time (And the Girl Who Came to Kill Him)

    Written by: Michael Waldron

    Mentions: 26 (8th overall in 2018)

    Barret is a social media influencer, the worst guy ever, and the eventual President of the United States. Dixie is a badass freedom fighter, sent back from 2076 to kill him before he takes over the world and ruins the future. They hate each other. Then they accidentally fall in love.


    Written by: Sean Thomas

    Mentions: 12

    When former NFL player Pat Tillman is killed in battle, his family uncovers the truth from the United States government who lied about the circumstances of his death.

    To the Extreme

    Written by: Chris Goodwin | Phillip Van

    Mentions: 12

    From a high school dropout selling used cars in Dallas to having the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts with Ice Ice Baby, a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.

    Untitled Coast Guard

    Written by: Alex Sohn

    Mentions: 8

    An inexperienced Coast Guard Captain is put to the test after she unknowingly intercepts one of the world’s most dangerous drug lords. With a hurricane bearing down on them, the captain and her crew must defend the ship against a series of unrelenting attacks. Based on "Drug War On the High Seas: Onboard the Coast Guards Billion-Dollar Busts" by Hunter Atkins.

    Untitled Syria Project

    Written by: Stephanie Carrie

    Mentions: 7

    A disillusioned and indoctrinated American teenage girl travels to Syria to help ISIS build their Caliphate and, what she has been led to believe, is a better world. Through her relationship with an everyday Syrian family, she will discover the true face of Islam and the courage to fight for what is right against insurmountable odds.

    Welcome to the Neighborhood

    Written by: Ross Lazar | Sebastian Shepard

    Mentions: 8

    When a new job transplants an upper-middle class family from San Francisco into an up-and-coming neighborhood outside of Portland, they don’t get the neighborly welcome they were expecting.


    Written by: Amy Wang

    Mentions: 7

    When an ambitious girl from the slums of China manipulates her way into marriage with a media tycoon, she becomes one of the most powerful women in the Western world. This is the story of Wendi Deng, second wife of Rupert Murdoch.

    Young Wild Free (2023)

    Written by: Tony Rettenmaier | Juel Taylor

    Mentions: 8

    A teenager struggling to provide for his younger siblings in Compton finds his life turned upside down when he’s held at gunpoint by the girl of his dreams.

    Your Boy

    Written by: Matt Whitaker

    Mentions: 8

    Home for the summer on Long Island, a shy black college student comes out to his oldest and closest friend. But after an internship in Manhattan leads him to an exhilarating gay social scene, the 21-year-old is caught between his newly confident lifestyle and the unpopular straight friend who once knew him best.

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