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
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1259111
3Jeremy Haft1130122
Eddie Gonzalez1130122
Steven Bagatourian1130122
4Evan Goldberg1058210
Kyle Hunter1058110
Ariel Shaffir1058110
Seth Rogen1058210
5John Zinman979122
Patrick Massett979122
6Todd Phillips956221
Gary Dauberman956532
Peter A. Dowling956133
7Shane Black909221
8Mark Boal890122
9Anthony Bagarozzi768111
10Scott Silver660110
11Steven Knight647331
12Matt Cook509343
13Lee Hall362111
14Chase Palmer340110
Cary Fukunaga340110
15Harmony Korine316110
16Derek Kolstad300220
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