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
18John-Henry Butterworth96110
Jason Keller96110
19Simon Kelton84110
Sean Macaulay84110
20Etan Cohen83110
Destin Daniel Cretton83320
Andrew Lanham83320
Nicholas Martin83110
21Jeff Pinkner75540
22Matthew Orton70110
23Robert Zemeckis69110
Caroline Thompson69110
24Jane Goldman66110
Rupert Wyatt66110
Erica Beeney66110
25James Gray64210
26David Loughery62110
27Scott Rosenberg61320
28Ehren Kruger58110
Jamie Moss58110
William Wheeler58310
Bragi F. Schut58110
Maria Melnik58110
29Simon Kinberg56210
J.K. Rowling56210
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