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 McCarten1073220
2Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921111
3Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
4Josh Singer325220
5Richard Wenk282220
6Nic Pizzolatto281110
7Liz Hannah270110
8Rian Johnson207211
9Daniel Stiepleman162110
10Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
11Wes Tooke149110
12Jeff Wadlow139320
13Christopher Roach133210
Jillian Jacobs133210
Michael Reisz133110
14Ken Nolan125220
15Tom Edge112110
16Simon Beaufoy111111
17Art Marcum110210
Matt Holloway110210
18Jez Butterworth96110
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