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
20Luc Besson118540
21Simon Beaufoy114211
22Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
23William Nicholson106210
Richard LaGravenese106110
24Simon Kinberg102320
25Michael Lerner97110
26Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
27Roberto Orci86111
Alex Kurtzman86111
28Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
29Nicholas Martin83110
30Jane Goldman66110
31James Gray64110
32Fran Walsh62110
Peter Jackson62110
Guillermo del Toro62110
Philippa Boyens62110
33William Wheeler58310
Jamie Moss58110
34Christopher Roach57110
John W. Richardson57110
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