Wrap-Ranker Oscar Poll: Best All-Time Winners for Best Adapted Screenplay

Francis Ford Coppola? Aaron Sorkin? Emma Thompson?

“Seven Samurai” director Akira Kurosawa once said, “With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film.” Which Oscar-winning screenwriters wrote the best adapted masterpiece?

Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo collaborated on the scripts for both “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part 2,” both of which are considered masterpieces in world cinema and are especially lauded for their screenplays.

Aaron Sorkin won a total of six Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The West Wing,” but finally won his first Academy Award for “The Social Network,” one of three wins and eight nominations for the film.

Emma Thompson adapted “Sense and Sensibility,” one of Jane Austen‘s most cherished works, into an acclaimed drama that stands a classic on it own merits. It also launched Ang Lee‘s directorial career in the United States.

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