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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60Juel Taylor5110
61Paul King4210
Hamish McColl4110
Jeffrey Hatcher4110
62Tyger Williams3110
John Morris3310
Sean Anders3310
Brian Burns3210
Paul Rudd3210
Edgar Wright3110
Joe Cornish3210
Adam McKay3110
63Alex Pastor2110
David Pastor2110
Edward Zwick2110
Marshall Herskovitz2110
Cameron Crowe2110
Josh Campbell2110
Matthew Stuecken2110
64Chris Butler1210
Cheo Hodari Coker1110
Elgin James1110
Steven Rogers1110
Susannah Grant1110
65Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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