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
1Rian Johnson207111
2Daniel Stiepleman162110
3Wes Tooke149110
4Tom Edge112110
5Jez Butterworth96110
John-Henry Butterworth96110
Jason Keller96110
6Erica Beeney66110
Rupert Wyatt66110
7David Loughery62110
8Bragi F. Schut58110
Maria Melnik58110
9Michael Mitnick54110
10Lulu Wang49111
11Greta Gerwig46110
12John August44110
Guy Ritchie44110
13Tyler Nilson42110
Michael Schwartz42110
14Paul Mayeda Berges38110
Gurinder Chadha38110
Sarfraz Manzoor38110
15Stanley Shapiro28110
Paul Henning28110
Dale Launer28110
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