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 Coen558220
Ethan Coen558220
2Richard Wenk282220
3Nic Pizzolatto281110
4Matt Charman227110
5Nick Hornby150110
6Oren Moverman97110
Michael Lerner97110
7Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
8Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
9Nicholas Martin83110
10Jane Goldman66110
11William Wheeler60210
Jamie Moss60110
Ehren Kruger60110
12J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56210
13James Gray54110
14Angela Workman52110
15Tracy Oliver41110
Kenya Barris41110
16Robert Wade37110
Neal Purvis37110
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