More Free Scripts! Download Oscar Contenders ‘Birdman,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Wild’ & Others

Get your free scripts here! Download ’em while they’re still legal.

Indiewire recently wrote about one of the upsides of awards season: studios share scripts for awards contenders in hopes of bolstering their chances at nominations. They previously shared scripts for “Boyhood,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Theory of Everything” and more, but we’ve updated the list to include all of the scripts that are available to download (for free!) so far.

For aspiring screenwriters, these scripts amount to a free screenwriting class. In studying the language, structure and pacing of the original and adapted screenplays below, you’ll learn how the masters craft a thriller like “Gone Girl” or a tearjerker like “The Fault in Our Stars.”

It’s also instructive to see each of these films first and then pore over the respective screenplays — detailing the ways in which the cinematographer, composer, editor, costume designer and all of the other members of the filmmaking team brought the screenwriter and director’s vision to the screen.

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"
Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood”

Just this morning, the New York Film Critics Association named “The Grand Budapest Hotel” this year’s Best Screenplay and now you have the opportunity to read the winning script in its entirety below, along with other awards frontrunners.

They’re listed below in alphabetical order (click on the links below to view and download).

“Belle” by Misan Sagay

“Birdman” by Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

“Boyhood” by Richard Linklater

“Box Trolls” by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava (Based on the book “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow)

“Calvary” by John Michael McDonagh

“The Fault in Our Stars” by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (Based on the novel by John Green)

“Get On Up” by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” by Wes Anderson, story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

“Kill the Messenger” by Peter Landesman (Based on the books “Dark Alliance” by Gary Webb and “Kill the Messenger” by Nick Schou

“Locke” by Steven Knight

“St. Vincent” by Theodore Melfi

“The Theory of Everything” by Anthony McCarten

“Wild” by Nick Hornby (Based on the memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed)

Of course, we should remind you that these scripts are for educational purposes only.

Special thanks to Indiewire for this one.


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