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
1Philippa Boyens1572770
2Peter Jackson1524660
3Fran Walsh1061660
4Ethan Coen955550
Joel Coen955550
5George Clooney940222
Grant Heslov940222
6Guillermo del Toro932650
7Luc Besson82412121
8Bill Condon819220
9Tracy Keenan Wynn810111
Albert S. Ruddy810111
Sheldon Turner810111
10John Logan675860
11Mark Steven Johnson625221
12Robert Mark Kamen620771
13James L. White591110
14David Koepp5621071
15Ehren Kruger561741
Neal Purvis561650
Robert Wade561650
16Baz Luhrmann520220
17Frances Walsh511110
18Tyler Perry50215102
19Fred Ebb481110
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