Writers

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
RankWriterScoreFilmsWith
smoking
With
brands
1Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
2Richard Wenk282220
3Nic Pizzolatto281110
4Nicholas Martin122110
5Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
6Jane Goldman66110
7J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56110
8Tracy Oliver41110
Kenya Barris41110
9Matthew Walker33110
10Luke Davies32110
11Michael LeSieur25110
12Anna Waterhouse24110
Joe Shrapnel24110
13August Wilson18110
14Emily Spivey12110
Hubbel Palmer12210
Chris Bowman12210
15Jack Olsen11110
16Derek Cianfrance8110
17Damien Chazelle7220
18Justin Theroux5110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California