David Rayfiel (September 9, 1923 – June 22, 2011) was an American screenwriter and frequent collaborator of director Sydney Pollack (1934–2008). Born in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Brooklyn College, his father was congressman Leo F. Rayfiel (1888–1978).
He died on June 22, 2011 of heart failure, aged 87, in Manhattan. He was survived by his third wife, Lynne Schwarzenbek-Rayfiel and his daughter, Eliza Roberts. David Rayfiel also had two grandchildren, Keaton Simons and Morgan Simons. Also survived by step-children Daniel Allentuck and Katharine Allentuck and grandchildren Alexandra and Max Bambery.
In 1976, he received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for Three Days of the Condor with Lorenzo Semple, Jr. He received a César Award in 1981 for Death Watch.
- The Slender Thread (uncredited) (1965)
- This Property is Condemned (1966)
- Castle Keep (1969)
- Valdez Is Coming (1971)
- Lipstick (1976)
- Three Days of the Condor (1975)
- Death Watch (1980)
- Absence of Malice (1981)
- Round Midnight (1986)
- The Morning After (uncredited) (1986)
- Havana (1990)
- The Firm (1993)
- Intersection (1994)
- Sabrina (1995)
- Random Hearts (uncredited) (1999)
- William Grimes (June 23, 2011). "David Rayfiel, Screenwriter With Sydney Pollack, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- Daniel McEneny (June 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: David Rayfiel House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
- "National Register of Historic Places". National Park Service. 2009-11-20.