Screenwriting isnt quite as hard as novel writing or literary writing of any kind, but it is still a difficult thing. Forming a character and its words is a most disagreeable endeavour imagine what Tolstoy went through but there are some people who have gone a long way in making screenwriting as important as the film itself almost. The script is as we know a blueprint for what could be a great thing. There are thousands of screenwriters but only a few who have gone on to utter greatness but in my mind there is only one who has never failed, and he ranks at number 1 on this list. That persons films are so enjoyable that even the bad ones are fun to watch. Considering a small list like this means considering an awful lot of people and making it a small list 5 points makes it that much more interesting and difficult to decide upon the finalists. There are notable writers I have excluded for no other reason than the following people are better but it should be noted that they are great writers. They include Fellini, Wes Anderson, Sofia and Francis Coppola and one who I think is the most underrated screenwriters in history, the incredible Gore Vidal who is highly regarded for his novels and essays but not for his massive contributions to cinema which include great amounts of Ben-Hur which he helped write. Interesting note: as he wrote Ben-Hur, Fellini was down the hall working on La Dolce Vita. Screenwriting opens up a debate on who makes the movies? Directors? Actors? Or is it the writers? Thats a debate that Ill save for another article. For now though, immerse yourself in my choices of the people I consider to be the greatest movie writers in the history of this glorious medium which has offered up films like The Great Dictator, The Pianist, American Beauty and Movie 43 that last one was a joke, awful film, right?