- Adam Chitwood
- The Social Network. “You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd.
- Steve Jobs. “It’s not binary. You can be decent and gifted at the same time.” Speaking of films that shouldn’t work, Sorkin took on the unenviable task of writing a Steve Jobs biopic and ended up crafting one of the best and most original biographical films ever made.
- Moneyball. “I know these guys. I know the way they think, and they will erase us. And everything we’ve done here, none of it’ll matter. Any other team wins the World Series, good for them.
- A Few Good Men. “I strenuously object? Is that how it works? Hm? ‘ Objection.’ ‘ Overruled.’ ‘ Oh, no, no, no. No, I strenuously object.’ ‘ Oh, well if you strenuously object then I should take some time to reconsider.’”
- Charlie Wilson’s War. Beginning at the bottom, this regrettable 2008 misfire saw Sorkin test the limits of Tom Hanks’ legendary likability by asking the actor to play the real-life Congressman responsible for arming Al Qaeda colleagues the Mujahideen.
- Steve Jobs. Where David Fincher’s cool, measured direction helped tone down the more dramatic flourishes of The Social Network’s screenplay, Trainspotting director Danny Boyle proves a bad match for the writer in this uneven biopic.
- Molly’s Game. A crime drama anchored by Jessica Chastain’s solid performance in the title role, Molly’s Game is Sorkin’s 2017 directorial debut and the movie proves that as far as directors go, he’s a great writer.
- Enemy of the State. This one is low less because of quality and more because of Sorkin’s limited involvement. The screenwriter only added uncredited rewrites to Rumble Fish s creenwriter David Marconi’s original screenplay, a tense and blackly comic spy thriller for the ages.
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- Steve Jobs. The ability to take something dull (like a tech launch) and make it as entertaining as Steve Jobs did? That’s only the second best thing that Aaron Sorkin achieved with this film.
- The Social Network. Hulu offers a 30-day free trial so you can watch all kinds of TV shows and movies. Cancel at any time without losing the rest of the trial.
- Moneyball. Moneyball represented a change in pace for Sorkin. He turned back to the sporting world for the first time since Sports Night, and alongside co-writer Steve Zaillian, he wrote a film about the surprising success of the Oakland Athletics baseball team.
- A Few Good Men. The original Sorkin feature film is still one of his best to this day. As courtroom dramas go, you’re hard-pressed to find many that are out-and-out more entertaining than this.
- "The Social Network" (2010) Sorkin’s filmic output can’t compare to his work on television. But “The Social Network” is Sorkin’s crowning achievement.
- “The American President” (1995) Pure joy. “The American President” is not based on a true story. It’s not adapting an acclaimed New York Times best-seller.
- “Moneyball” (2011) Sorkin is best when adapting events that (on the page) don’t appear inherently cinematic. “Moneyball” is a film about number-crunching statisticians obsessed with a calculable solution to sport.
- “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) This one is just fun. Re-watching director Mike Nichols’ biopic of the Texas congressmen (Tom Hanks), it’s clear Sorkin’s work plays better if it's, well, playful.
Jan 05, 2018 · Sorkin is best when adapting events that (on the page) don’t appear inherently cinematic. “Moneyball” is a film about number-crunching statisticians obsessed with a calculable solution to sport.
List of Aaron Sorkin Movies: Ranked Best To Worst. 1. The Social Network (2010) Adapted from Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires, the movie revolves around the time when Facebook was created and became super successful globally. Its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, soon finds himself in two lawsuits – one by twins who claimed that the ...
- A Few Good Men. I WANT THE TRUTH! How many people who were alive in 1992 don’t know that scene by heart? It’s interesting to go back to Aaron Sorkin’s early days (A Few Good Men was his first screenplay to be produced, adapted from his own play) and be reminded, oh yeah, this Aaron Sorkin is actually pretty good at pulp-y fiction.
- Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Charlie Wilson’s War, directed by Mike Nichols, is the ironically feel-good story of a womanizing Democratic congressman played by Tom Hanks, who teams up with a born-again debutante played by Julia Roberts, and an irascible CIA agent played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, to get the US government to help fund their proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan by arming the mujahideen.
- Malice (1993) My first thought upon taking this assignment after I went to check IMDB was, “Oh crap, do I have to go rewatch Malice now?” It’s debatable how much Malice, co-written by Sorkin and the great Scott Frank from a story by Sorkin and Jonas McCord, counts as an “Aaron Sorkin movie,” but having rewatched it, I can confirm that it is absolutely f*cking bonkers and certainly worth a rewatch.
- The Social Network (2010) I wrote a whole separate retrospective on this one a few weeks back if you want to read that. Anyway, I know most people would probably have The Social Network ranked a lot higher on this list, because, admittedly, it is a brilliantly crafted and acted David Fincher film with memorable lines and an unforgettable score.
Aaron Sorkin, Writer: The West Wing. Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to realize that his true love, and his true talent, lay in ...
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- The West Wing. If you’re looking for the season breakdown, it’s 2, 3, 4, 1. (We don’t count the post-Sorkin years.) But The West Wing is an achievement in the whole.
- A Few Good Men. You can’t handle the truth! It’s a line you know. It’s a line your parents know. It’s a line your children will know. Delivered by Jack Nicholson to Tom Cruise, it’s one of cinema’s most famous moments.
- The Social Network. It wasn’t Ben Mezrich’s dishy book about the founding and early years of Facebook, The Accidental Billionaires, that Aaron Sorkin was tasked with adapting for the big screen a decade ago.
- Moneyball. The story of the analytics revolution in baseball and the man who fearlessly ushered it in is right down the middle (pun intended) for Aaron Sorkin.
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