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
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1308221
3Eddie Gonzalez1130122
Steven Bagatourian1130122
Jeremy Haft1130122
4Ariel Shaffir1084220
Evan Goldberg1084320
Kyle Hunter1084220
5Seth Rogen1058210
6Patrick Massett979122
John Zinman979122
7Shane Black909221
8Mark Boal890122
9Anthony Bagarozzi768111
10Steven Knight663441
11Gary Dauberman536521
12Matt Cook509343
13Lee Hall362111
14Chase Palmer340110
Cary Fukunaga340110
15Harmony Korine316110
16Peter Straughan312330
17Derek Kolstad299220
18Taylor Sheridan285452
19Kurt Johnstad278111
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