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
1Anthony McCarten560110
2Ken Nolan125220
3Simon Beaufoy111111
4Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
5Andrew Lanham75210
Destin Daniel Cretton75210
6James Gray64110
7William Wheeler58210
Jamie Moss58110
Ehren Kruger58110
8Jeff Pinkner57220
9Angela Workman53110
10Allan Heinberg50110
11Erik Sommers44310
Scott Rosenberg44110
Chris McKenna44310
12Christopher Wilkinson32110
Stephen J. Rivele32110
Dan Gilroy32210
Derek Connolly32210
Max Borenstein32110
13Robert D. Siegel26110
Michael Green26110
14Jon Zack22110
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