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
20Fran Walsh120220
Peter Jackson120220
Guillermo del Toro120320
Philippa Boyens120220
21Luc Besson118440
22Ken Nolan109110
Art Marcum109110
Matt Holloway109110
23William Nicholson106210
Richard LaGravenese106210
24Simon Kinberg102320
25Michael Lerner97110
26Robert Zemeckis93110
Christopher Browne93110
27Jeff Pinkner87221
28Roberto Orci86211
Alex Kurtzman86211
29Sean Macaulay84110
Simon Kelton84110
30Ric Roman Waugh83110
Nicholas Martin83110
Justin Haythe83210
31Jane Goldman66110
32William Wheeler60210
Jamie Moss60110
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