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
1Ethan Coen559220
Joel Coen559220
2Matt Charman227110
3Nick Hornby150110
4Michael Lerner97110
Oren Moverman97110
5Christopher Browne93110
Robert Zemeckis93110
6Simon Kelton84110
Sean Macaulay84110
7Kenya Barris39110
Tracy Oliver39110
8Jez Butterworth37110
John Logan37110
Neal Purvis37110
Robert Wade37110
9J. Mills Goodloe36110
Salvador Paskowitz36110
10Cory Goodman34110
Matt Sazama34210
Burk Sharpless34210
11Matthew Walker31110
12Luc Besson29220
13David Nicholls24110
Joe Shrapnel24110
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