Sometimes you need to find the perfect examples...
When I want to see how a more seasoned or, let's be honest, a better writer than me attacks a story, I usually want to read their script. I want to know how they track the story on the page and for that...I need to see the screenplay.
But since I don't work at a studio, I have to find them online... and searching can be exhausting.
So, what are the best websites to download movie and TV scripts?
Let's go over them together.
The 12 Best Websites To Download Movie and TV Scripts
1. IMSDB – Internet Movie Screenplay Database
This is the first place I go for script stuff. They have a deep catalog and have proven to be a valuable resource for researching movie crews, casts, and trivia. IMSDB is just as useful for those looking for screenplays of all kinds and genres, which they have listed in categories.
I am a huge fan of Scott Myers. He gives everything for writers. Go Into the Story is the official blog for The Black List, the screenwriting community famous for its annual top ten list of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood. There's always a bank of scripts you can filter through.
What started as a blog is now an incredibly useful vault of storytelling. One thing I dig is that it holds several drafts of screenplays. That means you can read a story as it evolves over time.
Simply Scripts has a wide, diverse library that also includes things like Tennesee Willaims plays, classics, and even non-English screenplays. It’s also constantly updated, so the most current scripts available are on there.
Does it live up to its name? Yes. AwesomeFilm is another resource with dozens of scripts you can download with a single click so you can save them on your computer and read them as needed.
Again, there aren't many differences between these sites. You can search genre here or alphabetically. They have it all.
The Daily Script offers a ton of screenplays in a very simple, easy-to-navigate layout. The Courier New font is a nice, pithy touch.
The Screenplay Database is another useful resource with a large choice of scripts to choose from. If you’re interested in a certain type of film, the website also allows you to search its library by genre, allowing you to window shop and find something you didn’t even know you were looking for.
What I find most useful about this website are the beat sheets they do. They often help me break an idea down. Regardless, the front page divides its library into the three most recent years of releases, so you can find titles easily.
The title says it all. You can pull different titles out of the other, and this one is good with older screenplays.
11. No Film School
I think I do a good job with this website's screenplay downloads. Plus, I usually analyze them as well. If you have a script you want me to work on and get for you, just tell me in the comments and I'll find it, or do my best.
There are lots of white whales when it comes to finding copies of scripts. I find Reddit the best place to ask people for help in researching. I do not have a 100% success rate, but there are days I put things out into the ether and am rewarded.
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