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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1Quentin Tarantino1259111
2Peter A. Dowling956133
3Todd Phillips660110
Scott Silver660110
4Gary Dauberman447222
5Lee Hall362111
6Harmony Korine316110
7Derek Kolstad202110
Shay Hatten202110
Chris Collins202110
Marc Abrams202110
8Steven Knight172110
9Lorene Scafaria144111
10Edward Norton141110
Jonathan Lethem141110
11Dave Callaham134110
Rhett Reese134110
Paul Wernick134110
12Robert Eggers101110
Max Eggers101110
13Lena Waithe100110
James Frey100110
14Luc Besson86110
15Peter Straughan75110
16Ari Aster65110
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