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

Revisionist history doesn’t get more audacious and satisfying than the Manson family killers going to the wrong house on Cielo Drive and meeting their own spectacularly grisly fate. For all the biographical appearances, your Manson and Squeaky Fromme and Sharon Tate, it’s the fictitious cowboy actor Cliff Booth and stuntman sidekick Rick Dalton that most surprise, providing the script’s emotional resonance—not exactly a staple of Quentin Tarantino’s work. Their scenes, both together and apart, play like a paean to the “once upon a time” of the title.