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 McCarten1032220
4Shane Black908221
5Joel Coen778331
Ethan Coen778331
6Anthony Bagarozzi768111
7Nick Vallelonga659111
Peter Farrelly659111
Brian Hayes Currie659111
8Jeremy Haft471111
Eddie Gonzalez471111
Steven Bagatourian471111
9Steven Knight448431
10Greta Gerwig421111
11John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
12Richard Wenk407330
13Mark Boal371111
14Chase Palmer340110
Cary Fukunaga340110
Gary Dauberman340310
15Josh Singer336330
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