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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1Daniel Stiepleman162110
2Erica Beeney66110
Rupert Wyatt66110
3David Loughery62110
4Maria Melnik58110
Bragi F. Schut58110
5Lulu Wang48111
6John August43110
Guy Ritchie43110
7Gurinder Chadha38110
Sarfraz Manzoor38110
Paul Mayeda Berges38110
8Tyler Nilson34110
Michael Schwartz34110
9Dale Launer28110
Jac Schaeffer28110
Stanley Shapiro28110
Paul Henning28110
10David Gleeson20110
Stephen Beresford20110
11Chris Dowling10110
Jake McEntire10110
Jason Baumgardner10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
James Cameron10110
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