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
16Christopher Browne93110
17Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
18Nicholas Martin83110
19Etan Cohen81110
20Jeff Pinkner75440
Andrew Lanham75210
Destin Daniel Cretton75210
21Matthew Orton70110
22Caroline Thompson69110
23Jane Goldman66110
24James Gray64110
25Scott Rosenberg61220
26William Wheeler58310
Jamie Moss58110
Ehren Kruger58110
27J.K. Rowling56210
Simon Kinberg56210
28Angela Workman53110
29Allan Heinberg50110
30Erik Sommers44410
Chris McKenna44410
31Tracy Oliver41110
Kenya Barris41110
32Robert Wade37110
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