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
1Ken Nolan108110
Art Marcum108110
Matt Holloway108110
2William Wheeler60110
Jamie Moss60110
Ehren Kruger60110
3James Gray56110
4Angela Workman53110
5Allan Heinberg47110
6Dan Gilroy32110
Derek Connolly32210
Max Borenstein32110
7Jon Zack22110
Chris Spain22110
8Robin Swicord20110
Terry George20110
9F. Scott Frazier14110
10Brian Bird12110
11Annie Mumolo11110
Tim Lovestedt11110
Pamela Gray11110
12M. Night Shyamalan8110
Jonathan Penner8110
13David Loucka5110
Akiva Goldsman5110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California