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
20Andrew Lanham140210
Destin Daniel Cretton140210
21Ken Nolan125220
22Luc Besson118540
23Simon Beaufoy114211
24Jeff Wadlow111110
Michael Reisz111110
Jillian Jacobs111110
25Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
26William Nicholson106210
Richard LaGravenese106110
27Simon Kinberg102320
28Michael Lerner97110
29Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
30Roberto Orci86111
Alex Kurtzman86111
31Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
32Nicholas Martin83110
33Jane Goldman66110
34James Gray64110
35Fran Walsh62110
Peter Jackson62110
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