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
1Ariel Shaffir1084220
Kyle Hunter1084220
Evan Goldberg1084320
2Seth Rogen1058210
3Shane Black768111
Anthony Bagarozzi768111
4Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
5John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
6Jeremy Haft368111
Eddie Gonzalez368111
Steven Bagatourian368111
7Mark Boal356111
8Steven Knight296221
9John Phillips275111
10Kurt Johnstad258211
11Andrea Berloff257220
12Jonathan Herman256110
13David Ayer244110
14Peter Straughan242220
15Frank Miller227110
16Chase Palmer195110
Cary Fukunaga195110
Gary Dauberman195310
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