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 Coen665330
Joel Coen665330
2Marshall Brickman648111
Rick Elice648111
3Baz Luhrmann478110
Craig Pearce478110
4Terence Winter385110
5Jez Butterworth369431
6Graham Moore357110
7David O. Russell350210
Eric Singer350110
8Shane Black338110
Drew Pearce338110
9George Clooney323111
Katie Dippold323110
Grant Heslov323111
10Daniel Strong286111
11Brian Helgeland267110
12Oren Moverman258220
13Andrea Berloff256110
Jonathan Herman256110
14David Ayer244110
15Will Beall241110
16Tracy Letts240111
17Luc Besson236660
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