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
6Nicholas Martin122110
7Oren Moverman97110
Michael Lerner97110
8Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
9Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
10Jane Goldman66110
11J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56210
12Tracy Oliver41110
Kenya Barris41110
13Robert Wade37110
Neal Purvis37110
John Logan37110
Jez Butterworth37110
14Salvador Paskowitz36110
J. Mills Goodloe36110
15Burk Sharpless34210
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