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 Coen698221
Ethan Coen698221
2Richard Wenk282220
3Nic Pizzolatto281110
4Matt Charman227110
5Nick Hornby150110
6Ken Nolan109110
Art Marcum109110
Matt Holloway109110
7Oren Moverman97110
Michael Lerner97110
8Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
9Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
10Nicholas Martin83110
11Jane Goldman66110
12William Wheeler60210
Jamie Moss60110
Ehren Kruger60110
13J.K. Rowling56110
Simon Kinberg56210
James Gray56110
14Angela Workman53110
15Allan Heinberg48110
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