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 Coen1183441
Ethan Coen1183441
2Anthony McCarten1038330
3Fran Walsh818540
Peter Jackson818540
Philippa Boyens818540
4Guillermo del Toro716430
5Nick Vallelonga659111
Peter Farrelly659211
Brian Hayes Currie659111
6Luc Besson614870
7Craig Pearce478210
Baz Luhrmann478110
8Robert Mark Kamen453330
9John Logan387440
10Tate Taylor377110
11Ehren Kruger371330
12Graham Moore357110
13Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
14Tony Kushner335110
15Richard LaGravenese333320
16Josh Singer324220
17Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
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