101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

Writer Ted Griffin made a startling admission to Free Film University: “I don’t like the original Ocean’s Eleven. It may be iconic but it’s not good, as fascinating as the Rat Pack is to watch. But I liked those types of movies growing up—groups on a mission, like Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Professionals—and always wanted to do one.” His insouciant thieves are a charming, deceitful bunch as they design and pull off their Las Vegas caper. “The tricky part of writing Ocean’s was the Eleven part—making all eleven vital to the heist, with their own special skills and ‘moment in the sun,’ while also differentiating them.”