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
1Joel Coen664330
Ethan Coen664330
2Craig Pearce478110
Baz Luhrmann478110
3Graham Moore357110
4Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
5Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
6Daniel Strong286111
7Richard Wenk282220
8Nic Pizzolatto281110
9Brian Helgeland267110
10Oren Moverman258220
11Ehren Kruger232110
12Theodore Melfi231210
13Matt Charman227110
14Michael H. Weber210210
Scott Neustadter210210
15Jez Butterworth201321
16Craig Rosenberg161110
John Pogue161110
17John-Henry Butterworth155211
18Nick Hornby150110
19Jeff Nichols127110
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