The Ultimate List Of Movie Clichés For Screenwriters

The Ultimate List Of Movie Clichés For Screenwriters


Your story is cliché…  This is a sentence screenwriters fear.  No one wants to pour their heart and soul into a screenplay only to learn 17 thousand similar movies, plots & arcs got there first.  Originality is the engine that powers a successful screenplay.  You can avoid clichés or embrace them by turning them upside down.

Movie clichés are not to be feared.  They are simply reminders of how difficult writing a screenplay can be.  Obstacles will be placed in front of you but conquering them is one of the many things that fuels our addiction to the craft.

Take chances.  Surprise your readers.  Tell an amazing story!

Below you’ll find well over a thousand movie clichés grouped into easy to navigate categories.  First up you’ll find common screenwriting clichés, followed by a massive list of movie tropes that include videos, tips & more!

Still want more?  Check out The Ultimate Guide To Screenwriting Mistakes or The Ultimate Screenwriting Rewrite Guide!


50 Clichéd Dialogues To Ban From Your Script | Mentorless

The Definitive List Of Clichéd Dialogue | Go Into The Story

680 Clichés To Avoid In Your Writing | Be A Better Writer

Keep Your Script Alive By Avoiding These Screenwriting Clichés | No Film School

20 Screenwriting Tricks & Tropes We Never Need To See Again | io9

Even More Screenwriting Tricks & Tropes That Need A Nice Long Rest | io9

The Truth About Truth & Cliché | Write Your Screenplay

Screenwriting Tips: Beats & Images To Avoid | Script Reader Pro

Cleansing Characters From Cliché | Write So Fluid

Tropes Vs. Clichés: A Storyteller’s Guide | Bang 2 Write

Top 10 Tips To Avoid Clichés In Writing | Writer’s Digest

8 Screenwriting Clichés To Avoid | Screen Craft

How Clichéd Is You Writing? Take The Test | Write It Sideways

10 Screenwriting Clichés That Refuse To Die | Living The Romantic Comedy

Top 10 Storytelling Clichés That Need To Disappear Forever | LitReactor

Clichéd Character Introductions | Script Magazine

Write About Real Life Instead Of Movie Clichés | Film Verse

Screenwriting: A Cliché Article | Script Shadow

How To Write The Most Clichéd Script Opener Ever | Bang 2 Write

Screenwriting Clichés | The Bitter Script Reader

Top 5 Screenwriting Clichés | Charles Harris

Movie Clichés & Crazy Stupid Love | Script Magazine


100 Movie Clichés That Just Won’t Die | Den of Geek

10 Movie Clichés That Need To Stop | What Culture

9 Tired Movie Clichés That Need To Stop | Mashable

10 Most Weirdly Specific Movie Clichés | Next Movie

26 Of The Most Overused Tropes In Movie History | Stuff You Should Know

VIDEO | 13 Super Cuts Of Movie Clichés | Mashable

5 Unrealistic Movie Clichés That Are Scientifically Accurate | Cracked

Teen Movie Clichés That Don’t Happen In Real Life | Smosh

Worst Movie Clichés Hollywood Really Needs To Stop Doing | Inquisitr

9 Movie Clichés We’ve Never Seen In Real Life | Neatorama

The 43 Most Overused Movie Tropes | Cracked

Top 10 Movie Clichés | List Verse

14 Movie Villain Clichés That Should Be Retired | Buzz Feed

10 More Ridiculous Clichés | List Verse

6 Essential Elements To Make An 80s Movie | Break

90s Movie Clichés That Defined The Decade | Movie Fone

10 Most Annoying Movie Clichés | Listosaur

Clichés To Avoid Or Reconstruct | Writing World

Obselete Movie Clichés Technology Will Never Kill | Vulture

6 Overused Movie Clichés, Tropes And Practices That Must End! | We Got This Covered

VIDEO COLLECTION | 101 Movie Cliché Supercuts | Filmmaker IQ

RESOURCE | The Periodic Table Of Storytelling | Design Through Storytelling


51 Worst Horror Movie Clichés | Dread Central

11 Horror Movie Clichés & How They Can Be Done Right | Cinema Blend

The Most Annoying Horror Movie Clichés | Horror Movies

20 Horror Movie Clichés I Can Do Without | About

7 Horror Clichés That Need To Be Destroyed | Cracked

10 Slasher Movie Clichés & What They Mean | What Culture

12 Most Overused Horror Clichés | What Culture

Horror Stories We’ve Seen Too Often | Strange Horizon

10 Hardy Horror Movie Clichés | Paste Magazine

Top 8 Most Overused Horror Clichés | Screen Crave

10 Clichés To Avoid | Horror Factor

7 Horror Movie Clichés That Ruined My Life | Smaggle

10 Biggest Horror Movie Clichés | Screen Crush

10 Haunted House Movie Clichés | Complex


Top 10 Comedy Clichés That Need To Die | Joblo

10 Biggest High School Comedy Clichés | Complex

24 Rom Com Clichés We’d Retire | Entertainment Weekly

11 Romantic Comedy Clichés We Love To Hate | Pop Sugar

7 Romantic Movie Clichés Girls Crave In Real Life | All Women Stalk

11 Romantic Clichés You’ll Never Experience | The Gloss

10 Clichés In Romantic Movies | eList Mania

32 Romantic Movie Clichés | I Fear Brooklyn

22 Romantic Comedy Clichés | Pinar Tarhan


5 of the Most Overused Action Movie Clichés | Beyond Hollywood

Top 10 Action Movie Clichés | Total Film

Top 21 Action Movie Clichés | 3AW

10 Superhero Movie Clichés  That Need To Die | What Culture

The Action Movie Cliché List | One Guy Rambling

4 Incredible Stupid Action Movie Clichés | Thought Catalog

Top 15 Cop Movie Clichés |

Top 10 Absurd Clichés In Action Movies | Before It’s News

Superhero Clichés, Tropes & Conventions | Superhero Nation


6 Sci-Fi Movie Conventions That Need To Die | Cracked

The Biggest Clichés In Science Fiction | Screw Attack

Guide To Sci-Fi Clichés | The Guardian

10 Most Clichéd Character Types In Sci-Fi | Topless Robot

Sci-Fi Movie Clichés | Daily Diversion

10 Worst Science Fiction Clichés | Michael Moreau

Overused Science Fiction Clichés | TV Tropes

Sci-Fi Movie Clichés | Sci-Fi Movie Page

10 Worst Clichés Of Fantasy & Sci-Fi | Things Nerds Like

Fantasy Clichés I Could Live Without | Superior Realities

How To Make Or Break Fantasy Clichés | There And Draft Again

Top 10 Overused Fantasy Clichés | WISB

10 Fantasy Clichés That Need To Be Put To Rest | Fantasy Faction

7 Fantasy Clichés That Need To Disappear | Pike Knight

Hated Fantasy Fiction Clichés | Obsidian Bookshelf

List of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Clichés | Jay Noel

6 Clichés To Avoid | Fantasy Factor


When A Sports Movie Cliché Is A Good Thing | Men’s Health

Know Your Feature Animation Clichés | Cartoon Brew

Dance Movie Clichés That Are Sure To Appear | New York Film Academy

Indie Movie Clichés We Never Want To See Again | Entertainment Weekly

Top 10 Indie Film Clichés | Best For Film

7 Recurring Clichés In Indie Films | Nerd Trek

The 15 Characters In Every Indie Film | Slacktory

13 Short Film Clichés | Raindance

Short Film Clichés | I’m A Film Cliche

VIDEO | Is Your Indie Film Cliché? | No Film School

GUIDE | Discuss Screenwriting & Movie Clichés With This List Of Forums, Message Boards & More!


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