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
19Jeff Wadlow133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
20Ken Nolan125220
21Luc Besson118540
22Simon Beaufoy114211
23Art Marcum110110
Matt Holloway110110
24William Nicholson106210
Richard LaGravenese106110
25Simon Kinberg102320
26Michael Lerner97110
27Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
28Roberto Orci86111
Alex Kurtzman86111
29Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
30Nicholas Martin83110
31Andrew Lanham75210
Destin Daniel Cretton75210
32Jane Goldman66110
33James Gray64110
34Fran Walsh62110
Peter Jackson62110
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