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
2Jeremy Haft1130122
Eddie Gonzalez1130122
Steven Bagatourian1130122
3Evan Goldberg1084320
Kyle Hunter1084220
Ariel Shaffir1084220
4Anthony McCarten1073220
5Seth Rogen1058210
6Patrick Massett979122
John Zinman979122
7Nick Vallelonga920111
Brian Hayes Currie920111
Peter Farrelly920111
8Shane Black909221
9Mark Boal890122
10Ethan Coen778331
Joel Coen778331
11Anthony Bagarozzi768111
12Steven Knight663541
13Matt Cook509243
14Cary Fukunaga424111
Gary Dauberman424311
Chase Palmer424111
15Richard Wenk408330
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