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 Coen946440
Ethan Coen946440
2Fran Walsh818440
Peter Jackson818440
Philippa Boyens818440
3Luc Besson773991
4Guillermo del Toro768540
5Robert Mark Kamen572551
6Baz Luhrmann520220
7Craig Pearce478210
8John Logan387440
9Tate Taylor377110
10Tyler Perry3661272
11Graham Moore357110
12Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
13Tony Kushner335110
14Richard LaGravenese333320
15Simon Kinberg329630
16Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
17Ehren Kruger313320
18Eric Roth311210
19James Cameron302330
20Daniel Strong286111
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