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
1William Wheeler60110
Jamie Moss60110
Ehren Kruger60110
2James Gray54110
3Angela Workman52110
4Dan Gilroy32110
Derek Connolly32210
Max Borenstein32110
5Robin Swicord20110
Terry George20110
6Jon Zack18110
Chris Spain18110
7F. Scott Frazier14110
8Brian Bird11110
9M. Night Shyamalan8110
Jonathan Penner8110
10David Loucka5110
Akiva Goldsman5110
Jacob Estes5110
11Elgin James1110
Cheo Hodari Coker1110
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