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
1Ethan Coen1183441
Joel Coen1183441
2Anthony McCarten1079330
3Peter Farrelly921211
Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
4Peter Jackson818540
Fran Walsh818540
Philippa Boyens818540
5Guillermo del Toro716530
6Luc Besson614870
7Baz Luhrmann478110
Craig Pearce478210
8Robert Mark Kamen453330
9John Logan387440
10Tate Taylor377110
11Ehren Kruger371330
12Graham Moore357110
13Drew Pearce338210
Shane Black338110
14Tony Kushner335110
15Richard LaGravenese333320
16Josh Singer325220
17George Clooney323111
Grant Heslov323111
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