The fun of lists like this, though, are the surprises -- and the getting angry when your favorites are neglected. Going through the top 101, I was pleasantly surprised to see that actual screenwriters respect screenplays I love, like those for The Wild Bunch (#99), Grand Illusion (#85 is way too low, but at least it's on there), Broadcast News (#51), and All the President's Men (#53), the last of which strikes me as very nearly perfect. But by the same token, I was pretty stunned that Forrest Gump (#89) made the list, along with Jaws (#63), the former simply because I think it's a cloying, awful movie, and the latter because, though it's one of my favorites, there are a couple of scenes that have always struck me as awkwardly written, and there a tendency in the screenplay to cheaply create a depth by hinting at conflicts and emotions that are never actually proved to exist. On the neglected pile I'd throw virtually all the wonderful foreign films that, as usual, have been ignored, from La Dolce vita and the previously-mentioned Children of Paradise to The Rules of the Game, and the spare-but-wonderful Le samouraï.
So, here's something to think about on a lazy, rainy weekend: screenplays. What pisses you off about the list? What favorites are missing? And what did the WGA get exactly right?