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
1Anthony McCarten1073220
2Peter Farrelly921111
Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
3Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
4Josh Singer325220
5Richard Wenk282220
6Nic Pizzolatto281110
7Liz Hannah270110
8Daniel Stiepleman162110
9Taylor Allen150110
Andrew Logan150110
10Wes Tooke149110
11Rian Johnson140210
12Michael Reisz133110
Christopher Roach133110
Jeff Wadlow133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
13Ken Nolan125220
14Tom Edge112110
15Simon Beaufoy111111
16Matt Holloway110210
Art Marcum110210
17Jez Butterworth93110
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