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
1Ariel Shaffir1084220
Kyle Hunter1084220
Evan Goldberg1084320
2Seth Rogen1058210
3Shane Black908221
4Anthony Bagarozzi768111
5Jeremy Haft471111
Eddie Gonzalez471111
Steven Bagatourian471111
6Steven Knight448331
7Greta Gerwig421111
8John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
9Mark Boal371111
10Chase Palmer340110
Cary Fukunaga340110
Gary Dauberman340310
11Kurt Johnstad278111
12John Phillips275111
13Andrea Berloff257220
14Jonathan Herman256110
15Peter Straughan241220
16Taylor Sheridan196441
17Kevin Willmott194110
Charlie Wachtel194110
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