Our Staff's Top Ten Oliver Stone Scripts -- #4 and #3

It's the penultimate post of our Oliver Stone-as-scribe countdown.  Here's what our staff liked the fourth and third best.

Our #4 pick...

Midnight Express (1978) dir. Alan Parker.  Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey and John Hurt. It is based on Billy Hayes' 1977 non-fiction book Midnight Express and was adapted into the screenplay by Oliver Stone.  Hayes was a young American student sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey.  [via Wikipedia]

And coming in at #3....

Born on the Fourth of July (1989) dir. Oliver Stone.  Born on the Fourth of July is war drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.  Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Oliver Stone (himself a Vietnam veteran) co-wrote the screenplay with Kovic, and also produced and directed the film. Stone wanted to film the movie in Vietnam, but because relations between the United States and Vietnam had not yet been normalized, it was instead filmed in the Philippines. The film is considered part of Stone's "trilogy" of films about the Vietnam War—following Platoon (1986) and preceding Heaven & Earth (1993).  Born on the Fourth of July was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, for Best Director and Best Film Editing; it also won four Golden Globe Awards and a Directors Guild of America Award.