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 McCarten1011220
2Nick Vallelonga604111
Peter Farrelly604111
Brian Hayes Currie604111
3Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
4Josh Singer324220
5Richard Wenk282220
6Nic Pizzolatto281110
7Liz Hannah269110
8Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
9Jeff Wadlow133110
Christopher Roach133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
10Ken Nolan125220
11Simon Beaufoy111111
12Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
13Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
14Nicholas Martin83110
15Jeff Pinkner75440
Andrew Lanham75210
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