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 McCarten375110
2Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
3Ken Nolan125220
4Simon Beaufoy114111
5Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
6James Gray64110
7William Wheeler58210
Jamie Moss58110
Ehren Kruger58110
8Angela Workman53110
9Allan Heinberg50110
10Jeff Pinkner47220
11Erik Sommers34310
Scott Rosenberg34110
Chris McKenna34310
12Christopher Wilkinson32110
Stephen J. Rivele32110
Dan Gilroy32210
Derek Connolly32210
Max Borenstein32110
13Robert D. Siegel26110
Michael Green26110
14Jon Zack22110
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