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
1Anthony McCarten891330
2Joel Coen831331
Ethan Coen831331
3Graham Moore357110
4Josh Singer323220
Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
5Ehren Kruger290220
6Richard Wenk282220
7Nic Pizzolatto281110
8Liz Hannah269110
9Oren Moverman258220
10Theodore Melfi231310
11Matt Charman227110
12Michael H. Weber210210
Scott Neustadter210210
13Jez Butterworth201321
14Christopher Roach190220
15Jeff Pinkner179551
16Craig Rosenberg161110
John Pogue161110
17John-Henry Butterworth155211
18Andrew Logan150110
Nick Hornby150110
Taylor Allen150110
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