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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59Bob Barlen2110
Cal Brunker2110
Josh Campbell2110
Damien Chazelle2210
Cameron Crowe2110
Jon Erwin2210
Kelly Marcel2110
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell2110
Alex Pastor2110
David Pastor2110
Sue Smith2110
Matthew Stuecken2110
James Vanderbilt2110
60Susannah Grant1110
Issa López1110
Georgina Riedel1110
Gabriel Ripstein1110
Steven Rogers1110
John Swetnam1210
Oscar Orlando Torres1110
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