As you probably know, in traditional screenplay format, one page of script equals one minute of screen time. But it doesn’t always work out that way, especially with certain directors — of which Sofia Coppola is one. Her films tend to be quiet — at least, dialogue-wise — and her latest, Somewhere, is no exception. Her initial screenplay for Lost in Translation was reportedly not really a screenplay at all, but a short “scriptment” featuring bits of dialogue, thoughts, and pictures. And last week, she told us that Somewhere's script was only 48 pages long. So that got us thinking: What other films had screenplays that were significantly shorter than the final films? To be fair, there are a lot of films that could be on this list, but weren’t. Some mumblecore films shoot without scripts at all. Transformers 2 reportedly went into production without a screenplay because of the writers’ strike (gee, we’d never have guessed). And did Mel Brooks's Silent Movie even have a script? But we’ve looked far and wide and come up with this list of our favorite features made from significantly shorter scripts, ranked according to their page:minute ratios (a unit we’re calling the “Sofia”).BEGIN SLIDESHOW
Most Viewed Stories
20 Marvel ‘Firsts’ in Jessica Jones
Behind Jessica Jones’s Unprecedented Sex Scenes
Why Leonardo DiCaprio’s Turn in The Revenant Will Be Hard to Beat at the Oscars
In Praise of Adele, My Fat, Flawless Heroine
Fargo Recap: Different Journeys, Same Destination
Even HBO Is No Longer Pretending Jon Snow Is Really Dead
Jane the Virgin’s Radically Frank Depiction of Early Motherhood
Louis C.K. Is Still Really, Really Sorry About Those Sarah Palin Tweets
It’s Superheroes Galore in the New DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trailer
Amazon Is Pulling Its High Castle Nazi Ads From NYC Subways; Pretty Much Everyone Is Okay With This
Latest News from VultureThe Captain America: Civil War Trailer Is Here, and It's a Big Bucky Hunt
Wowowowowow.And Your Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Winner Is...
Drum roll, please.Sly and the Family Stone's Cynthia Robinson Has Died
She was 69.Grease: Live Teaser: The Dancing Is in the Hands
No, really.Limitless Recap: A Farewell to Arms
The show hints at a not-so-distant future where robots kill us all.All My Children Actor David Canary Has Died
He was 77.The Man in the High Castle Recap: A Known Subversive
"If you fail, the girl dies with you."The Man in the High Castle Recap: Speak No Evil
"Nobody talks about the camps."Natalie Dormer on The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and the Fate of Men Named ‘Snow’
"Gwendoline Christie and I are the Hunger Thrones girls! We're the Game of Games girls!"Julian Fellowes Really Wants the Downton Abbey Movie to Happen
Six seasons and a movie!
The Beatles would be the ultimate feather in any streaming service's cap. But will the iconic band ever deign to go free when their records still sell?5 Best New Songs of the Week
Is it too early for Christmas music? CRJ says no!Who the Jessica Jones Characters Are in the Comics and How They Connect to the Marvel Universe
Get the backstories.Jessica Jones Recap: Selfie Help
Kilgrave's face finally gets a much-deserved punch.Kevin Bacon to Star and Exec-Produce the Tremors TV Reboot; We’re Wriggling With Excitement (Like a Big Worm)
Who wants to play Six Degrees of Worms?Jason Street Will Play Coach Taylor in the Unauthorized Musical of Friday Night Lights
Clear eyes, full lungs!Your Dad Tom Hanks Is an Amazing Rapper
He did a flawless rendition of "City of Crime" on The Graham Norton Show.Look at Their Dab: A Brief Conversation With Migos About Dabbing As Fashion
The two members who aren't in jail are celebrating a new capsule collection called Worldwide Rich.Quality Snooping Reveals Harry Styles Grabbing Jimmy Kimmel’s Butt
Butts! Need we say more?Knight of Cups Trailer: Terrence Malick Will Have You Reconsider That Move to L.A.
This is the least fun being Christian Bale has ever looked.