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
1Daniel Stiepleman162110
2Rupert Wyatt66110
Erica Beeney66110
3David Loughery62110
4Bragi F. Schut58110
Maria Melnik58110
5Lulu Wang47111
6John August43110
Guy Ritchie43110
7Paul Mayeda Berges36110
Gurinder Chadha36110
Sarfraz Manzoor36110
8Paul Henning28110
Dale Launer28110
Jac Schaeffer28110
Stanley Shapiro28110
9Stephen Beresford20110
David Gleeson20110
10Jason Baumgardner10110
Chris Dowling10110
Jake McEntire10110
Laeta Kalogridis10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
James Cameron10110
11Tyler Perry7110
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