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
20Fran Walsh120220
Peter Jackson120220
Guillermo del Toro120320
Philippa Boyens120220
21Luc Besson118440
22William Nicholson106210
Richard LaGravenese106210
23Simon Kinberg102320
24Michael Lerner97110
25Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
26Jeff Pinkner87221
27Roberto Orci86211
Alex Kurtzman86211
28Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
29Ric Roman Waugh83110
Nicholas Martin83110
Justin Haythe83210
30Jane Goldman66110
31William Wheeler60210
Jamie Moss60110
32Christopher Roach57110
John W. Richardson57110
Ryan Engle57110
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