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 McCarten1032220
2Nick Vallelonga659111
Peter Farrelly659111
Brian Hayes Currie659111
3Josh Singer324220
4Liz Hannah269110
5Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
6Jeff Wadlow133110
Christopher Roach133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
7Ken Nolan125220
8Simon Beaufoy111111
9Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
10Etan Cohen81110
11Andrew Lanham75210
Destin Daniel Cretton75210
12Jeff Pinkner73330
13Matthew Orton70110
14Robert Zemeckis69110
Caroline Thompson69110
15James Gray64110
16Scott Rosenberg61220
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