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
1Marshall Brickman648111
Rick Elice648111
2Terence Winter385110
3David O. Russell350110
Eric Singer350110
4Katie Dippold323110
5Andrea Berloff256110
Jonathan Herman256110
6David Ayer244110
7Will Beall241110
8Tracy Letts240111
9Frank Miller227110
10Neill Blomkamp213220
11John Phillips186111
12Terri Tatchell179110
13Alejandro González Iñárritu172220
14Pete Travis171110
15Peter Morgan146111
16Gillian Flynn144110
17Richard Wenk143111
18Jon Favreau141110
19Derek Cianfrance138110
Ben Coccio138110
Darius Marder138110
20Craig Borten135110
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