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.

Pick a time period: YTD | 1-year | 3-year | 5-year | 10-year | Since 2002
writers | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Eddie Gonzalez1130122
Steven Bagatourian1130122
Jeremy Haft1130122
3Ariel Shaffir1084220
Evan Goldberg1084320
Kyle Hunter1084220
4Seth Rogen1058210
5Patrick Massett979122
John Zinman979122
6Shane Black909221
7Mark Boal890122
8Anthony Bagarozzi768111
9Steven Knight663441
10Matt Cook509243
11Chase Palmer424111
Cary Fukunaga424111
Gary Dauberman424311
12Harmony Korine316110
13Taylor Sheridan285452
14Kurt Johnstad278111
15John Phillips275111
16Andrea Berloff257220
17Jonathan Herman256110
18Peter Straughan241220
Download Excel | CSV table