Founded in 2005, The Black List is a comprehensive list of the most liked unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Each year, Hollywood executives are surveyed to find out which unproduced screenplays they love. The list is then published, and hundreds of the screenplays have gone on to be produced after publication on the list. In hopes of that happening again, here are a few of the best female-driven screenplays that we think would look great on the big screen:
Wendi – Amy Wang
When an ambitious girl from the slums of China manipulates her way into marriage with a media tycoon, she becomes one of the most powerful women in the Western world. This is the story of Wendi Deng, second wife of Rupert Murdoch.
Spark – Meredith Dawson
When a young African-American woman takes a job at a well-known venture capitalist firm in Silicon Valley, she must figure out a way to succeed in an elitist society where she feels inherently excluded.
Ride – Kristen ver Linden
The story of NASA’s least likely female candidate, Sally Ride, as she becomes America’s most likely hero as the first American woman in space.
Nobody Nothing Nowhere – Alex Fischer, Rachel Wolther
Ruth is one of the non-people: human-looking beings designed and trained for the sole purpose of filling in a realistic world for a bland guy named Dave, the only person to actually exist on Earth. Tired of serving as an extra in someone else’s life, she has the audacity to demand a life of her own.
Queen – Harry Tarre
Based on the inspiring true story of the world’s first openly transgender high school Prom Queen, Corey Rae.
Me and Tammy Faye at the Betty Ford Clinic – Pamela Garcia Rooney
The unlikely bond between a Latinx transgender woman and the queen of Christian televangelism. Inspired by the very real life of Tammy Faye Bakker.
Untitled Coast Guard – Alex Sohn
An inexperienced Coast Guard Captain is put to the test after she unknowingly intercepts one of the world’s most dangerous drug lords. With a hurricane bearing down on them, the captain and her crew must defend the ship against a series of unrelenting attacks. Based on “Drug War On the High Seas: Onboard the Coast Guards Billion-Dollar Busts” by Hunter Atkins.
The Beast – Aaron Sala
After a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.
Queen of the Stoned Age – Elyse Hollander
Forced out of a fashion industry that exploited her, former model Honey stumbles into dealing weed to make ends meet – and soon discovers a gift for it. Hiring all her model friends to work with her, they quickly become one of the biggest weed dealers in New York City, knowing all the right people and using their looks and charm to avoid detection. But their success soon brings all the wrong kinds of attention… and they find themselves in a fight for their lives. Based on a true story.
Covers – Flora Greeson
The long-time assistant of a famous singer must navigate the rocky waters of the LA music scene to make her dreams of producing music a reality.
You can find the full list here.