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
1Shane Black1190221
2Evan Goldberg1106430
3Ariel Shaffir1084220
Kyle Hunter1084220
4Seth Rogen1081320
5Anthony Bagarozzi768111
6Joel Coen664330
Ethan Coen664330
7Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
8John Zinman535111
Patrick Massett535111
9Richard Wenk496331
10Craig Pearce478110
Baz Luhrmann478110
11Terence Winter385110
12Jez Butterworth369431
13Graham Moore357110
14Eric Singer350110
David O. Russell350210
15Drew Pearce338110
16Katie Dippold334320
17Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
18Todd Phillips301221
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