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 McCarten433110
2Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
3Richard Wenk282220
4Nic Pizzolatto281110
5Josh Singer268110
Liz Hannah268110
6Andrew Logan146110
Taylor Allen146110
7Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
8Ken Nolan125220
9Jeff Wadlow122110
Christopher Roach122110
Michael Reisz122110
Jillian Jacobs122110
10Simon Beaufoy114111
11Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
12Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
13Nicholas Martin83110
14Jane Goldman66110
15James Gray64110
16William Wheeler58310
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