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
1Anthony McCarten1016330
2Joel Coen831331
Ethan Coen831331
3Nick Vallelonga604111
Peter Farrelly604111
Brian Hayes Currie604111
4Graham Moore357110
5Josh Singer324220
6Grant Heslov323111
George Clooney323111
7Ehren Kruger290220
8Richard Wenk282220
9Nic Pizzolatto281110
10Liz Hannah269110
11Oren Moverman258220
12Theodore Melfi231310
13Matt Charman227110
14Michael H. Weber210210
Scott Neustadter210210
15Jez Butterworth201321
16Christopher Roach190220
17Jeff Pinkner179551
18Craig Rosenberg161110
John Pogue161110
19John-Henry Butterworth155211
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