You Want to Write Like Charlie Kaufman? Read and Download His Screenplays

'Synecdoche; New York'Credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Travel somewhere weird, and learn screenwriting from a master. 

One of the most unique voices in cinema is Charlie Kaufman. He's an American screenwriter, producer, director, and novelist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind along with many others. Kaufmann is known for his diverse and interesting worlds. 

It seems like a guy like this has a lot to teach us about screenwriting. So read and download his scripts and enjoy! 

Read and Download Charlie Kaufman Screenplays

A Scanner Darkly (1997)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (unproduced draft)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Human Nature (2001)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Adaptation (2002)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Synecdoche; New York (2008)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Anomalisa (2015)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Let us know your favorite Kaufman film in the comments!

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Thanks Jason!!! I had only read Eternal Sunshine previously, and these are all gold. Just finished up ITOET, very much a treat

I glanced at Adaptation and burst out laughing, because I wasn't sure that The Orchid Thief was a real thing, that this actually counted as a serious adaptation

July 24, 2022 at 2:21PM

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