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
3Steven Bagatourian1130122
Jeremy Haft1130122
Eddie Gonzalez1130122
4Kyle Hunter1084220
Ariel Shaffir1084220
Evan Goldberg1084320
5Anthony McCarten1073220
6Seth Rogen1058210
7Patrick Massett979122
John Zinman979122
8Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921111
Nick Vallelonga921111
9Shane Black909221
10Mark Boal890122
11Ethan Coen778331
Joel Coen778331
12Anthony Bagarozzi768111
13Steven Knight663541
14Gary Dauberman536521
15Matt Cook509343
16Richard Wenk408330
17Lee Hall380221
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