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 McCarten1073220
2Peter Farrelly921111
Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
3Josh Singer325220
4Liz Hannah270110
5Daniel Stiepleman162110
6Taylor Allen150110
Andrew Logan150110
7Michael Reisz133110
Christopher Roach133110
Jeff Wadlow133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
8Ken Nolan125220
9Simon Beaufoy111111
10Art Marcum110210
Matt Holloway110210
11Etan Cohen83110
12Destin Daniel Cretton75210
Andrew Lanham75210
13Jeff Pinkner73330
14Matthew Orton70110
15Caroline Thompson69110
Robert Zemeckis69110
16Erica Beeney66110
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