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
2Fran Walsh818440
Peter Jackson818440
Philippa Boyens818440
3Luc Besson771981
4Guillermo del Toro716430
5Robert Mark Kamen570441
6Craig Pearce478210
Baz Luhrmann478110
7Anthony McCarten439220
8John Logan387440
9Tate Taylor377110
10Tyler Perry3731182
11Ehren Kruger371430
12Graham Moore357110
13Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
14Tony Kushner335110
15Richard LaGravenese333320
16Simon Kinberg329530
17Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
18James Cameron302330
19Daniel Strong286111
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