Writers are commissioned to create a screenplay from an existing property (such as a novel) or draft a script from scratch. The screenplay maps out the plot, conjures up the characters, and gives them words to say and things to do. Studios will often hire a succession of writers to rework a screenplay before production begins. Writers in these rankings worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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writers | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Joel Coen831331
Ethan Coen831331
2Anthony McCarten381220
3Graham Moore357110
4Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
5Ehren Kruger290220
6Richard Wenk282220
7Nic Pizzolatto281110
8Oren Moverman258220
9Theodore Melfi231310
10Matt Charman227110
11Michael H. Weber210210
Scott Neustadter210210
12Jez Butterworth201321
13Josh Singer185110
Liz Hannah185110
14Craig Rosenberg161110
John Pogue161110
15John-Henry Butterworth155211
16Nick Hornby150110
17Jeff Pinkner146441
18Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
19Ken Nolan125220
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