Top 10 Film Writing Partnerships

By April 18, 2011Top 10 Lists

It’s a phenomenon that is still hard for me to wrap my mind around: the screenwriting partnership.

I admit it. I have a hard time writing ANYTHING when there is another human being within a 1-mile radius of me. So, it’s no wonder that my isolated brain cannot fathom the actuality of screenwriting collaborations.

I like to think that screenwriting partners are a different breed of people. Surely, they are very different than myself. More patient. Less moody. Bursting with creativity. You would have to have some of these characteristics to make it work, right? I mean two people, with two separate brains and two separate ideas, creating a single story in a cohesive way… that’s pretty amazing.

Perhaps it’s just a case of yin and yang. Maybe it’s just two people that use each other as a creative sound board. Whatever it is, it works. Some of the greatest films started when two people partnered together to create a screenplay: Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles for Citizen Kane, Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman for Annie Hall, Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco for Crash.

Complied below is a list of the Top 10 writing partnerships in Hollywood. This list doesn't just salute one-time collaborators (ahem… Ben Affleck and Matt Damon). It takes a look at the brave souls that partner up time and time again. And while I admit that the term “writing partners” conjures up images of myself in a divorce-like battle (“You can keep the characters, but I get the plot!”), these writers prove that sometimes two minds are indeed better than one.