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 McCarten1079330
2Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921211
3Joel Coen831331
Ethan Coen831331
4Peter Jackson716430
Fran Walsh716430
Philippa Boyens716430
Guillermo del Toro716530
5Luc Besson614870
6Craig Pearce478110
Baz Luhrmann478110
7Robert Mark Kamen453330
8John Logan387440
9Tate Taylor377110
10Ehren Kruger371330
11Graham Moore357110
12Shane Black338110
Drew Pearce338210
13Tony Kushner335110
14Richard LaGravenese333320
15Josh Singer325220
16George Clooney323111
Grant Heslov323111
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