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
3Anthony McCarten1016330
4Joel Coen910441
Ethan Coen910441
5Shane Black908221
6Anthony Bagarozzi768111
7Richard Wenk652441
8Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
9Nick Vallelonga604111
Peter Farrelly604111
Brian Hayes Currie604111
10Jeremy Haft471111
Eddie Gonzalez471111
Steven Bagatourian471111
11Steven Knight448531
12Greta Gerwig421111
13John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
14Grant Heslov402221
George Clooney402221
15Mark Boal371111
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