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
1Nick Cuse215110
Damon Lindelof215110
2Sam Mendes207110
Krysty Wilson-Cairns207110
3Nicolas Pesce60110
4Ivan Atkinson45110
Marn Davies45110
Guy Ritchie45110
5Chris Bremner32110
Peter Craig32110
Joe Carnahan32110
6Christina Hodson21110
7Mark Burnell17110
8Brad Ingelsby11110
Gavin O'Conner11110
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