12. The Matrix

Written by The Wachowski Brothers (now known as Lana and Lilly Wachowski)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Why It’s Innovative: Once again, we have a concept that in today’s world would be standard studio fare. But back in 1999, there was nothing like it. Science fiction was more grounded in reality. The action genre was still feeding on the leftovers of the 80s with action star pieces and buddy cop action comedies. This script changed all of that, which begs the question — what’s the next script to test the boundaries of those genres?

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