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Best movies that are oscar winners or nominees in writing (screenplay based on material previously produced or published) category

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.



Shrek(2001)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 85

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.



Schindler's List(1993)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.



Ghost World(2001)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 84

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.



L.A. Confidential(1997)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.



A Beautiful Mind(2001)

Combined Rating:
85
Combined Critics Rating: 79

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.



The Insider(1999)

Combined Rating:
85
Combined Critics Rating: 80

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.



The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 76

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.





O Brother, Where Art Thou?(2000)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 74

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.



In the Bedroom(2001)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.



The English Patient(1996)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 76

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.



The Talented Mr. Ripley(1999)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 76

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.



Election(1999)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 77

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.



Trainspotting(1996)

Combined Rating:
81
Combined Critics Rating: 73

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.



The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 70

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.



Apollo 13(1995)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 71

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.



Wonder Boys(2000)

Combined Rating:
79
Combined Critics Rating: 74

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.



The Green Mile(1999)

Combined Rating:
79
Combined Critics Rating: 68

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.



The Cider House Rules(1999)

Combined Rating:
79
Combined Critics Rating: 73

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.




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