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18 Best Screenwriting Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Screenwriting books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best screenwriting books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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    The Writer's Journey
  3. 5
    Adventures in the Screen Trade
  4. 8
    On Writing
  5. 9
    The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  6. 13
  7. 17
    Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect
  8. 18
    150 Screenwriting Challenges


  • How was this Screenwriting books list created?

    We searched for 'best Screenwriting books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Screenwriting books are in this list?

    There are 18 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Screenwriting books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Screenwriting books on the internet.

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