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 Gerwig2787254
2Quentin Tarantino1259111
3Eddie Gonzalez1130122
Steven Bagatourian1130122
Jeremy Haft1130122
4Anthony McCarten1073220
5Seth Rogen1058210
Evan Goldberg1058210
Kyle Hunter1058110
Ariel Shaffir1058110
6Patrick Massett979122
John Zinman979122
7Todd Phillips956221
Gary Dauberman956532
Peter A. Dowling956133
8Nick Vallelonga921111
Brian Hayes Currie921111
Peter Farrelly921111
9Shane Black909221
10Mark Boal890122
11Anthony Bagarozzi768111
12Scott Silver660210
13Steven Knight647331
14Matt Cook509343
15Ethan Coen494221
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