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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77Tyger Williams3110
Paul Rudd3210
Adam McKay3110
Joe Cornish3110
Brian Burns3210
78Edward Zwick2110
Matthew Stuecken2110
David Pastor2110
Alex Pastor2110
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell2110
Marshall Herskovitz2110
Jon Erwin2310
Cameron Crowe2110
Josh Campbell2110
79John Swetnam1210
Steven Rogers1110
Elgin James1110
Susannah Grant1110
Cheo Hodari Coker1110
80Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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