Best Adapted Screenplay

This page lists all Oscar nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay. Reviews of films on the original 1001 Films list are linked here.
As I finish each set of films for a given year and category, I will revisit those films and determine which film I think should have won and why. Those posts will be linked here as well.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1931
Cimarron (winner)
The Criminal Code
Holiday
Little Caesar
Skippy

1932
Arrowsmith
Bad Girl (winner)
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

1933
Lady for a Day
Little Women (winner)
State Fair

1934: What should have won?
It Happened One Night (winner)
The Thin Man
Viva Villa!

1935
Captain Blood (write-in)
The Informer (winner)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Mutiny on the Bounty

1936
After the Thin Man
Dodsworth
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
My Man Godfrey
The Story of Louis Pasteur (winner)

1937: What should have won?
The Awful Truth
Captains Courageous
The Life of Emile Zola (winner)
Stage Door
A Star is Born

1938: What should have won?
Boys Town
The Citadel
Four Daughters
Pygmalion (winner)
You Can't Take it With You

1939: What should have won?
Gone with the Wind (winner)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ninotchka
Wuthering Heights

1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Kitty Foyle
The Long Voyage Home
The Philadelphia Story (winner)
Rebecca

1941
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (winner)
Hold Back the Dawn
How Green Was My Valley
The Little Foxes
The Maltese Falcon

1942
49th Parallel
Mrs. Miniver (winner)
The Pride of the Yankees
Random Harvest
The Talk of the Town

1943
Casablanca (winner)
Holy Matrimony
The More the Merrier
The Song of Bernadette
Watch on the Rhine

1944: What should have won?
Double Indemnity
Gaslight
Going My Way (winner)
Laura
Meet Me in St. Louis

1945
The Lost Weekend (winner)
Mildred Pierce
Pride of the Marines
Story of G.I. Joe
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

1946
Anna and the King of Siam
The Best Years of Our Lives (winner)
Brief Encounter
The Killers
Rome, Open City

1947
Boomerang
Crossfire
Gentlemen's Agreement
Great Expectations
Miracle on 34th Street (winner)

1948
A Foreign Affair
Johnny Belinda
The Search
The Snake Pit
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (winner)

1949
All the King's Men
Bicycle Thieves
Champion
The Fallen Idol
A Letter to Three Wives (winner)

1950
All About Eve (winner)
The Asphalt Jungle
Born Yesterday
Broken Arrow
Father of the Bride

1951
The African Queen
Detective Story
A Place in the Sun (winner)
La Ronde
A Streetcar Named Desire

1952: What should have won?
5 Fingers
The Bad and the Beautiful (winner)
High Noon
The Man in the White Suit
The Quiet Man

1953
The Cruel Sea
From Here to Eternity (winner)
Lili
Roman Holiday
Shane

1954: What should have won?
The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl (winner)
Rear Window
Sabrina
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1955
Bad Day at Black Rock
Blackboard Jungle
East of Eden
Love Me or Leave Me
Marty (winner)

1956
Around the World in 80 Days (winner)
Baby Doll
Friendly Persuasion
Giant
Lust for Life

1957
12 Angry Men
The Bridge on the River Kwai (winner)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Peyton Place
Sayonara

1958
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gigi (winner)
The Horse's Mouth
I Want to Live!
Separate Tables

1959: What should have won?
Anatomy of a Murder
Ben-Hur
The Nun's Story
Room at the Top (winner)
Some Like it Hot

1960
Elmer Gantry (winner)
Inherit the Wind
Sons and Lovers
The Sundowners
Tunes of Glory

1961
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Guns of Navarone
The Hustler
Judgment at Nuremburg (winner)
West Side Story

1962
David and Lisa
Lawrence of Arabia
Lolita
The Miracle Worker
To Kill a Mockingbird (winner)

1963
Captain Newman, M.D.
Hud
Lilies of the Field
Sundays and Cybele
Tom Jones (winner)

1964: What should have won?
Becket (winner)
Dr. Strangelove
Mary Poppins
My Fair Lady
Zorba the Greek

1965: What should have won?
Cat Ballou
The Collector
Doctor Zhivago (winner)
Ship of Fools
A Thousand Clowns

1966: What should have won?
Alfie
A Man for All Seasons (winner)
The Professionals
The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967
Cool Hand Luke
The Graduate
In Cold Blood
In the Heat of the Night (winner)
Ulysses

1968
The Lion in Winter (winner)
The Odd Couple
Oliver!
Rachel, Rachel
Rosemary's Baby

1969
Anne of the Thousand Days
Goodbye, Columbus
Midnight Cowboy (winner)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Z

1970
Airport
I Never Sang for My Father
Lovers and Other Strangers
M*A*S*H (winner)
Women in Love

1971: What should have won?
A Clockwork Orange
The Conformist
The French Connection (winner)
The Garden of the Finzi Continis
The Last Picture Show

1972
Cabaret
The Emigrants
The Godfather (winner)
Pete 'n' Tillie
Sounder

1973
The Exorcist (winner)
The Last Detail
The Paper Chase
Paper Moon
Serpico

1974
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
The Godfather Part II (winner)
Lenny
Murder on the Orient Express
Young Frankenstein

1975
Barry Lyndon
The Man Who Would Be King
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner)
Profumo di Donna
The Sunshine Boys

1976
All the President's Men (winner)
Bound for Glory
Fellini's Casanova
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Voyage of the Damned

1977
Equus
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Julia (winner)
Oh, God!
That Obscure Object of Desire

1978
Bloodbrothers
California Suite
Heaven Can Wait
Midnight Express (winner)
Same Time, Next Year

1979
Apocalypse Now
La Cage aux Folles
Kramer vs. Kramer (winner)
A Little Romance
Norma Rae

1980
Breaker Morant
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
Ordinary People (winner)
The Stunt Man

1981
The French Lieutenant's Woman
On Golden Pond (winner)
Pennies from Heaven
Prince of the City
Ragtime

1982
Das Boot
Missing (winner)
Sophie's Choice
The Verdict
Victor/Victoria

1983
Betrayal
The Dresser
Educating Rita
Reuben, Reuben
Terms of Endearment (winner)

1984
Amadeus (winner)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
The Killing Fields
A Passage to India
A Soldier's Story

1985
The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Out of Africa (winner)
Prizzi's Honor
The Trip to Bountiful

1986
Children of a Lesser God
The Color of Money
Crimes of the Heart
A Room with a View (winner)
Stand by Me

1987
The Dead
Fatal Attraction
Full Metal Jacket
The Last Emperor (winner)
My Life as a Dog

1988
The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons (winner)
Gorillas in the Mist
Little Dorrit
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1989: What should have won?
Born on the Fourth of July
Driving Miss Daisy (winner)
Enemies, a Love Story
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

1990: What should have won?
Awakenings
Dances with Wolves (winner)
Goodfellas
The Grifters
Reversal of Fortune

1991: What should have won?
Europa Europa
Fried Green Tomatoes
JFK
The Prince of Tides
The Silence of the Lambs (winner)

1992: What should have won?
Enchanted April
Howards End (winner)
The Player
A River Runs Through It
Scent of a Woman

1993: What should have won?
The Age of Innocence
In the Name of the Father
The Remains of the Day
Schindler's List
Shadowlands

1994: What should have won?
Forrest Gump (winner)
The Madness of King George
Nobody's Fool
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redemption

1995
Apollo 13
Babe
Leaving Las Vegas
Il Postino
Sense and Sensibility (winner)

1996
The Crucible
The English Patient
Hamlet
Sling Blade (winner)
Trainspotting

1997
Donnie Brasco
L.A. Confidential (winner)
The Sweet Hereafter
Wag the Dog
The Wings of the Dove

1998: What should have won?
Gods and Monsters (winner)
Out of Sight
Primary Colors
A Simple Plan
The Thin Red Line

1999
The Cider House Rules (winner)
Election
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Talented Mr. Ripley

2000
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
O Brother, Where Art Thou
Traffic (winner)
Wonder Boys

2001
A Beautiful Mind (winner)
Ghost World
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Shrek

2002
About a Boy
Adaptation
Chicago
The Hours
The Pianist (winner)

2003
American Splendor
City of God
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (winner)
Mystic River
Seabiscuit

2004
Before Sunset
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries
Sideways (winner)

2005
Brokeback Mountain (winner)
Capote
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence
Munich

2006
Borat
Children of Men
The Departed (winner)
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

2007
Atonement
Away from Her
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
No Country for Old Men (winner)
There Will Be Blood

2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire (winner)

2009
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious (winner)
Up in the Air

2010
127 Hours
The Social Network (winner)
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

2011: What should have won?
The Descendants (winner)
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2012: What should have won?
Argo (winner)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

2013
12 Years a Slave (winner)
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

2014
American Sniper
The Imitation Game (winner)
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

2015
The Big Short (winner)
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

2016
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

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