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 Coen947440
Joel Coen947440
2Philippa Boyens818440
Peter Jackson818440
Fran Walsh818440
3Luc Besson773991
4Guillermo del Toro768540
5Robert Mark Kamen572551
6Baz Luhrmann520220
7Craig Pearce478210
8John Logan387440
9Tate Taylor377110
10Tyler Perry3661172
11Graham Moore357110
12Shane Black338110
Drew Pearce338110
13Tony Kushner335110
14Richard LaGravenese333320
15George Clooney323111
Grant Heslov323111
16Ehren Kruger313320
17Eric Roth311210
18James Cameron302330
19Daniel Strong286111
20Simon Kinberg273520
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