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 McCarten439220
3Graham Moore357110
4Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
5Ehren Kruger290220
6Richard Wenk282220
7Nic Pizzolatto281110
8Josh Singer268110
Liz Hannah268110
9Oren Moverman258220
10Theodore Melfi231310
11Matt Charman227110
12Michael H. Weber210210
Scott Neustadter210210
13Jez Butterworth201321
14Craig Rosenberg161110
John Pogue161110
15Jeff Pinkner158441
16John-Henry Butterworth155211
17Nick Hornby150110
18Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
19Ken Nolan125220
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