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 McCarten433110
2Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
3Richard Wenk282220
4Nic Pizzolatto281110
5Josh Singer269110
Liz Hannah269110
6Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
7Jeff Wadlow133110
Christopher Roach133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
8Ken Nolan125220
9Simon Beaufoy114111
10Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
11Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
12Nicholas Martin83110
13Andrew Lanham75210
Destin Daniel Cretton75210
14Jane Goldman66110
15James Gray64110
16William Wheeler58310
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