Best Drama Screenplays

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Motherkiller

Based on a true story. Two young boys watch their mother's boyfriend beat her. On her deathbed, she says he didn't do it. He goes free. Twenty years later, a rookie prosecutor - a young woman - fights to revive the cold case.

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Fighting Johnny O'Brian

For a parole board hearing, a young civil rights attorney gets appointed - despite his protests - to represent a white man who's been in prison twenty years for killing two black police officers.

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Bad Lies

A feisty and revered old attorney in bad health takes on one last case - a libel trial - after a magazine accuses a famous pro golfer of cheating. (Screenplay adapted with permission from the novel Bad Lies by Shelby Yastrow and Hall-of-Fame golfer Tony Jacklin.)

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Fighting Johnny O'Brian (female lead)

For a parole board hearing, a 53 year-old black civil rights attorney gets appointed - despite her protests - to represent a white man who's been in prison 20 years for killing 2 black police officers. (Also written with a young white male as the hero, but the female version is better.)

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