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 Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
2Simon Kelton84110
Sean Macaulay84110
3Kenya Barris39110
Tracy Oliver39110
4Matthew Walker31110
5Joe Shrapnel24110
Anna Waterhouse24110
6John Hamburg5110
Ben Stiller5110
Nicholas Stoller5110
Justin Theroux5110
7Josh Campbell2110
Damien Chazelle2110
Matthew Stuecken2110
8Akiva Goldsman1110
Susannah Grant1110
Jeff Pinkner1110
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