'''Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman''' (born 1958) is an American screenwriter known for his [[PostModernism metatextual]] references, use of absurdism, and [[MindScrew headache-inducing]] tendencies. Creator/SpikeJonze and Creator/MichelGondry have each directed several of Kaufman's screenplays. Considered to be among the most brilliant contemporary screenplay-writers.

!!Works include:

* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'': A meta-adaptation of ''The Orchid Thief'', framed as the story of Kaufman's struggle to script an unfilmable novel adaptation and deal with his evil-hack-writer-twin.
* ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'': The feature debut of director Creator/SpikeJonze.
* ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'': The directorial debut of Creator/GeorgeClooney, although Clooney deviated considerably from the script without Kaufman's permission.
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'': Kaufman won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay for this film.
* ''Film/HumanNature'': The feature debut of director Creator/MichelGondry.
* ''Film/SynecdocheNewYork'': Kaufman's directorial debut about a stage director who creates a [[RecursiveReality life-sized model]] of [[BigApplesauce New York City]] in his pursuit of verisimilitude on the stage. Considered by Creator/RogerEbert to be the best movie of the last decade.