M (1931)

Log Line In 1920s Berlin, the police department and criminal underworld attempt to find, capture, and remove from society a serial killer of young girls. What Happens in the Story Medium: Film Writer(s): Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang Director(s): Fritz … Continue reading

Apollo 13 (1995)

Log Line With the help of ground-based mission engineers, an experienced astronaut leads the crew of an aborted moon mission as they attempt to return safely to Earth. What Happens in the Story Medium: Film Writer(s): William Broyles Jr., Al … Continue reading

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Log Line In the aftermath of World War II, a young Italian family man attempts to recover a stolen bicycle that represents his only hope to escape from long-term unemployment. What Happens in the Story Medium: Film Writer(s): Cesare Zavattini, … Continue reading

Alien (1979)

Log Line A crew member returning home to Earth on an interplanetary mining vessel attempts to rid the vessel of a vicious alien creature that has inadvertently been brought onboard. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett Director(s): Ridley … Continue reading

The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)

Log Line A young man wrongly accused of political conspiracy and sentenced to indefinite detention in a political prison escapes and attempts to exact revenge on those who were responsible for his imprisonment. Overview Medium: Novel (Published 1844–1846) Author(s): Alexandre … Continue reading

After Hours (1985)

Log Line A bored young office worker becomes embroiled in the surreal world of the late-night Soho neighborhood and attempts to return to the unexciting comfort of the world he knows. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Joseph Minion Director(s): Martin Scorsese … Continue reading

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Log Line A young Kansas farm girl is transported by a tornado to a magical land from which she attempts to return home. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf Director(s): Victor Fleming Production Co.(s): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer … Continue reading

Back to the Future (1985)

Log Line A 1980s teenager accidentally thrust 30 years into the past must attempt to return to his proper time and place—and repair the potential damage resulting from his appearance in the past. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Robert Zemeckis, Bob … Continue reading