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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71John Hamburg5110
Jacob Estes5110
Greg Coolidge5110
72Melissa Stack4110
Hamish McColl4110
Paul King4210
Jeffrey Hatcher4110
73Edgar Wright3110
Tyger Williams3110
Paul Rudd3110
Adam McKay3110
Joe Cornish3110
Brian Burns3210
74Edward Zwick2110
Matthew Stuecken2110
David Pastor2110
Alex Pastor2110
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell2110
Marshall Herskovitz2110
Jon Erwin2310
Cameron Crowe2110
Josh Campbell2110
75John Swetnam1210
Steven Rogers1110
Elgin James1110
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