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
1Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921111
Nick Vallelonga921111
2Anthony McCarten513110
3Josh Singer325220
4Liz Hannah270110
5Taylor Allen150110
Andrew Logan150110
6Jeff Wadlow133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
Michael Reisz133110
Christopher Roach133110
7Etan Cohen83110
8Matthew Orton70110
9Robert Zemeckis69110
Caroline Thompson69110
10Michael Spierig32110
Peter Spierig32110
Tom Vaughan32110
11Dorothy Blyskal28110
12Aaron Kandell20110
Jordan Kandell20110
David Branson Smith20110
13Will Gluck18110
Rob Lieber18210
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