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
18Peter Jackson120220
Fran Walsh120220
19Luc Besson118440
20Richard LaGravenese106210
William Nicholson106210
21Michael Lerner97110
22Christopher Browne93110
Robert Zemeckis93110
23Jeff Pinkner87221
24Alex Kurtzman86211
Roberto Orci86211
25Simon Kelton84110
Sean Macaulay84110
26Justin Haythe83210
Ric Roman Waugh83110
27Ryan Engle57110
John W. Richardson57110
Christopher Roach57110
28Julie Delpy52220
29Mark Andrus50110
30Bibi Naceri49110
Billy Ray49211
31Katrin Benedikt46110
Simon Kinberg46210
Creighton Rothenberger46110
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