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
1Evan Goldberg1106430
2Ariel Shaffir1084220
Kyle Hunter1084220
3Seth Rogen1081320
4Shane Black768111
Anthony Bagarozzi768111
5Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
6John Zinman535111
Patrick Massett535111
7Terence Winter385110
8Eric Singer350110
David O. Russell350110
9Katie Dippold334220
10Todd Phillips301221
11John Phillips275111
12Steven Knight265221
13Andrea Berloff257220
14Jonathan Herman256110
15David Ayer244110
16Will Beall241110
17Tracy Letts240111
18Frank Miller227110
19Neill Blomkamp213220
20Terri Tatchell179110
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