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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72Scott Stewart4110
Melissa Stack4110
Hamish McColl4110
Paul King4110
Jeffrey Hatcher4110
73Edgar Wright3110
Tyger Williams3110
Paul Rudd3110
Jeff Pope3110
Scott Frank3110
Joe Cornish3110
Steve Coogan3110
Brian Burns3110
74Edward Zwick2110
James Vanderbilt2210
Matthew Stuecken2110
Sue Smith2110
David Pastor2110
Alex Pastor2110
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell2110
Kelly Marcel2110
Marshall Herskovitz2110
Jon Erwin2210
Cameron Crowe2110
Josh Campbell2110
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