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
2Baz Luhrmann478110
Craig Pearce478110
3Graham Moore357110
4Shane Black338110
Drew Pearce338110
5George Clooney323111
Grant Heslov323111
6Daniel Strong286111
7Brian Helgeland267110
8Oren Moverman258220
9Ehren Kruger232110
10Theodore Melfi231110
11Matt Charman227110
12Scott Neustadter210210
Michael H. Weber210210
13Jez Butterworth201321
14John Pogue161110
Craig Rosenberg161110
15John-Henry Butterworth155211
16Nick Hornby150110
17Jeff Nichols127110
18Philippa Boyens120220
Guillermo del Toro120320
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