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
1Dan Gilroy28110
Derek Connolly28210
Max Borenstein28110
2F. Scott Frazier14110
3M. Night Shyamalan8110
Jonathan Penner8110
4David Loucka5110
Akiva Goldsman5110
Jacob Estes5110
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