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
3Ethan Coen698221
Joel Coen698221
4Josh Singer325220
5Richard Wenk282220
6Nic Pizzolatto281110
7Liz Hannah270110
8Matt Charman227110
9Robert Zemeckis162220
Daniel Stiepleman162110
10Taylor Allen150110
Andrew Logan150110
Nick Hornby150110
11Jeff Wadlow133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
Michael Reisz133110
Christopher Roach133110
12Wes Tooke127110
13Ken Nolan125220
14Tom Edge112110
15Simon Beaufoy111211
16Art Marcum110210
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