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
1Philippa Boyens1572770
2Peter Jackson1524660
3Joel Coen1193551
Ethan Coen1193551
4Fran Walsh1061660
5Grant Heslov940222
George Clooney940222
6Guillermo del Toro932650
7Luc Besson82412121
8Bill Condon819220
9Sheldon Turner810111
Albert S. Ruddy810111
Tracy Keenan Wynn810111
10John Logan675860
11Ehren Kruger636851
12Mark Steven Johnson625221
13Robert Mark Kamen620771
14James L. White591110
15David Koepp5621271
16Robert Wade561650
Neal Purvis561650
17Baz Luhrmann520220
18Tyler Perry51616112
19Frances Walsh511110
20Maurine Dallas Watkins481110
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