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
1Josh Singer269110
Liz Hannah269110
2Andrew Logan150110
Taylor Allen150110
3Jeff Wadlow133110
Christopher Roach133110
Michael Reisz133110
Jillian Jacobs133110
4Tom Vaughan32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
5Dorothy Blyskal28110
6David Branson Smith20110
Jordan Kandell20110
Aaron Kandell20110
7Gary Ross14110
Olivia Milch14110
8Elizabeth Berger13110
Isaac Aptaker13110
9Wes Anderson8110
10Zak Penn7110
Ernest Cline7110
Jesse Andrews7110
11Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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