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 McCarten1016330
3Fran Walsh818540
Peter Jackson818540
Philippa Boyens818540
4Luc Besson771981
5Guillermo del Toro716430
6Nick Vallelonga604111
Peter Farrelly604211
Brian Hayes Currie604111
7Robert Mark Kamen570441
8Craig Pearce478210
Baz Luhrmann478110
9John Logan387440
10Tate Taylor377110
11Tyler Perry3731182
12Ehren Kruger371430
13Graham Moore357110
14Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
15Tony Kushner335110
16Richard LaGravenese333320
17Simon Kinberg329530
18Josh Singer324220
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