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Famous Film Loglines & How to Write your Own

Part of a film treatment is writing a logline.


A logline is a sentences or two that summarize, while teasing your story to the audience making them want to know more.


Include three key ingredients to create a great logline:


The Protagonist

The Goal

The Antagonist Force


Some examples of loglines from popular films:


Forrest Gump




1. Forrest Gump: Several historical events from the 20th Century unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only real desire is to reunite with his childhood sweetheart.











Godfather


2. The Godfather: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.





Titanic






3. Titanic: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.












The Office

4. The Office: A documentary crew depicts the daily life of a typical office, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and mostly, tedium.





Elf





5. Elf: A Christmas Elf goes to New York City in search of his biological father, knowing nothing about life outside of the North Pole.













Hangover





6. The Hangover: After a bachelor party in Las Vegas, three friends with no memory of the previous night wake up to find the bachelor missing, consequently seeking to find their friend before his wedding.











Legally Blonde





7. Legally Blonde: A fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend and so decides to follow him to law school, where she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.











Mr and Mrs Smith




8. Mr. and Mrs. Smith: When husband and wife assassins discover they are working for rival agencies, they have to decide whether to put love ahead of business.











Stranger Things





9. Stranger Things: When a young boy disappears, his mother, the police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.












Mean Girls




10. Mean Girls: A teenager moves from Africa to the suburbs of Illinois, where she gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques.










Back to the Future






11. Back to the Future: A young man is transported to the past, where he must reunite his parents before he and his future cease to exist.













Spider-Man

12. Spider-Man: A high school student is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and gains superhuman strength and spider-like ability, vowing to use his abilities to fight crime.




Free Guy

13. Free Guy: When a bank teller discovers he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story – one that he can rewrite himself.





Matrix



14. The Matrix: A computer hacker is led by a stranger to a forbidding underworld, where he discovers the shocking truth – the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.







Silence of the Lambs




15. The Silence of the Lambs: To catch a killer who skins his victims, a young FBI cadet must seek help from an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal.












Seven






16. Se7en: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as a motive.











Finding Nemo





17. Finding Nemo: When his son is swept out to sea, an anxious clownfish embarks on a perilous journey across a treacherous ocean to bring him back.











Toy Story





18. Toy Story: A boy’s favorite cowboy doll is threatened when a new action figure supplants him – a spaceman who believes he is real and not a toy.











Little Mermaid

19. The Little Mermaid: A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain to become human for three days in an attempt to win a prince’s love.






Friend





20. Friends: Six friends living in New York navigate the personal and professional ups and downs of their twenties and thirties.










Breaking Bad


21. Breaking Bad: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.





Have fun, stay curious and keep writing.



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