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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1Nick Vallelonga659111
Peter Farrelly659111
Brian Hayes Currie659111
2Anthony McCarten472110
3Josh Singer324220
4Liz Hannah269110
5Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
6Jeff Wadlow133110
Christopher Roach133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
7Etan Cohen81110
8Matthew Orton70110
9Robert Zemeckis69110
Caroline Thompson69110
10Tom Vaughan32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
11Dorothy Blyskal28110
12David Branson Smith20110
Jordan Kandell20110
Aaron Kandell20110
13Rob Lieber18210
Will Gluck18110
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