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The best as an introduction,
This review is from: Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need (Paperback)
Snyder is not trying to tell you how to create a classic all time masterpiece. That can probably not be taught. He is however giving you the rules to get a film made by the cynical risk averse "you have 2 minutes to sell me your film" hollywood execs.
The book is NOT perfect. Snyder does get a little too specific (page 11 and only page 11 or the catalyst?). Snyder does lift from other books. But taken with a pinch of salt, and saving you have to read entire other books for the couple of nuggets they contain, this book is a fantastic reference. And the classics you want to write will be even better if they keep somewhere near these structural points.
1) remember the maxim: Know the rules before you break the rules.
2) For a beginner, staring at 90-130 minutes of blank paper, the structure really helps.
Note that the sequel: "Save the cat goes to the movies" is also worth a read - even for people who don't want to write a script.