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
1Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921111
2Anthony McCarten513110
3Josh Singer325220
4Liz Hannah270110
5Rian Johnson207111
6Daniel Stiepleman162110
7Taylor Allen150110
Andrew Logan150110
8Wes Tooke149110
9Jeff Wadlow139320
10Michael Reisz133110
Christopher Roach133210
Jillian Jacobs133210
11Tom Edge112110
12Jez Butterworth96110
John-Henry Butterworth96110
Jason Keller96110
13Etan Cohen83110
14Matthew Orton70110
15Robert Zemeckis69110
Caroline Thompson69110
16Erica Beeney66110
Rupert Wyatt66110
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