By Laura Crisp Davis - December 28, 2018

How it started: 

I have a confession. I’ve pretty much stopped reading books. In 2018, I happily accepted a friend’s invitation to join a small, private reading group. We were supposed to post when we’d read a book from various categories: a new book, a new author, a favorite author, a certain genre, etc. but at the end of the year, I’d posted twice. TWO books. How could that be accurate? I felt like I was reading ALL. THE. TIME. Then I realized… I’d switched to reading screenplays! 

What I read in 2018:

A Few Good Men

A Star is Born (1976)

A Star is Born (2018)

American Beauty

Back to the Future

Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Battle of the Sexes

The Big Sick


The Bourne Identity


Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Call Me By Your Name


Dallas Buyers Club

The Dark Knight

Dead Poets Society



Edward Scissorhands

Eighth Grade

Fight Club


Get Out

The Girl on a Train

The Godfather

Groundhog Day

The Hangover

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

I, Tonya

Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark


Leave No Trace


Mary Queen of Scots

The Matrix

Molly’s Game


Princess Bride

Schindler’s List


Shakespeare in Love

The Shape of Water

Silence of the Lambs

Sixth Sense

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

Training Day


12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men (1997)


West Wing (pilot)

When Harry Met Sally

I read scripts as a juror for two international competitions, as well as for screenwriting colleagues. This brought my totals for 2018 to over 100 scripts!

Total yet-to be produced scripts: 48

Total produced scripts: 54

Grand total: 102

What I learned: 

A good script can be a bad movie if the other collaborators (producer, director, casting, actors, editor, sound, marketing, etc) screw it up somehow. A bad script is rarely a good movie.

Where to find scripts:



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Sometimes I'm serious, sometimes I'm silly. Any scripts referenced are for educational purposes only. (My lawyer made me say that part.)