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
5Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
6Jeremy Haft471111
Eddie Gonzalez471111
Steven Bagatourian471111
7Steven Knight448331
8Greta Gerwig421111
9John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
10Mark Boal371111
11Chase Palmer340110
Cary Fukunaga340110
Gary Dauberman340410
12Richard Wenk299221
13Kurt Johnstad278211
14John Phillips275111
15Andrea Berloff257220
16Jonathan Herman256110
17David Ayer244110
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