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
3Joel Coen904441
Ethan Coen904441
4Shane Black768111
Anthony Bagarozzi768111
5Rick Elice648111
Marshall Brickman648111
6Richard Wenk496331
7Jeremy Haft471111
Eddie Gonzalez471111
Steven Bagatourian471111
8Anthony McCarten439220
9John Zinman408111
Patrick Massett408111
10Grant Heslov396221
George Clooney396221
11Mark Boal371111
12Jez Butterworth369431
13Graham Moore357110
14Steven Knight296421
15Ehren Kruger290220
16Josh Singer281220
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