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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1Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2Anthony McCarten375110
3Richard Wenk282220
4Nic Pizzolatto281110
5Josh Singer185110
Liz Hannah185110
6Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
7Ken Nolan125220
8Simon Beaufoy114111
9Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
10Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
11Nicholas Martin83110
12Jane Goldman66110
13James Gray64110
14William Wheeler58310
Jamie Moss58110
Ehren Kruger58110
15J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56110
16Angela Workman53110
17Allan Heinberg50110
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