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
1Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2Richard Wenk282220
3Nic Pizzolatto281110
4Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
5Nicholas Martin83110
6Jane Goldman66110
7J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56110
8Tracy Oliver41110
Kenya Barris41110
9Matthew Walker33110
10Luke Davies32110
11Michael LeSieur25110
12Anna Waterhouse24110
Joe Shrapnel24110
13August Wilson18110
14Emily Spivey12110
Hubbel Palmer12210
Chris Bowman12210
15Jack Olsen11110
16Tyler Perry9110
17Derek Cianfrance7110
Damien Chazelle7220
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