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 Besson773991
4Guillermo del Toro768540
5Robert Mark Kamen572551
6Baz Luhrmann520220
7Craig Pearce478210
8John Logan387440
9Tyler Perry3801282
10Tate Taylor377110
11Ehren Kruger372430
12Graham Moore357110
13Drew Pearce338110
Shane Black338110
14Tony Kushner335110
15Richard LaGravenese333320
16Simon Kinberg329630
17Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
18Eric Roth311210
19James Cameron302330
20Daniel Strong286111
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