11. Back to the Future

Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Why It’s Innovative: Sure, in this day and age, the concept doesn’t seem that special. We’ve seen many variations since. However, back in 1985, studios weren’t taking chances on such original material. The script was passed on forty times before Universal picked it up finally. “Innovative” doesn’t always have to mean “odd or surreal.”

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