Writers

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.

Rank Writer Score Films With smoking With brands
1 Anthony McCarten 1073 2 2 0
2 Josh Singer 325 2 2 0
3 Rian Johnson 207 2 1 1
4 Jeff Wadlow 139 3 2 0
5 Christopher Roach 133 2 1 0
Jillian Jacobs 133 2 1 0
6 Ken Nolan 125 2 2 0
7 Matt Holloway 110 2 1 0
Art Marcum 110 2 1 0
8 Destin Daniel Cretton 83 3 2 0
Andrew Lanham 83 3 2 0
9 Jeff Pinkner 73 4 3 0
10 James Gray 64 2 1 0
11 Scott Rosenberg 61 3 2 0
12 William Wheeler 58 2 1 0
13 Chris McKenna 44 5 1 0
Guy Ritchie 44 2 1 0
Erik Sommers 44 4 1 0
14 F. Scott Frazier 42 2 2 0
15 Gurinder Chadha 40 2 2 0
Paul Mayeda Berges 40 2 2 0
16 Dan Gilroy 32 2 1 0
Derek Connolly 32 4 1 0
17 Michael Green 26 2 1 0
18 Akiva Goldsman 18 2 2 0
Rob Lieber 18 2 1 0
19 Lee Hall 14 2 1 0
20 Jason Baumgardner 10 2 1 0
Tyler Perry 10 2 2 0
21 M. Night Shyamalan 8 2 1 0
22 Audrey Wells 7 2 1 0
23 W. Bruce Cameron 5 3 1 0
Wallace Wolodarsky 5 2 1 0
Maya Forbes 5 2 1 0
Cathryn Michon 5 3 1 0
24 Noah Harpster 3 2 1 0
Micah Fitzerman-Blue 3 2 1 0
25 Darren Lemke 2 2 1 0
26 John Whittington 0 2 0 0
Christopher Markus 0 2 0 0
Chris Terrio 0 2 0 0
Mike White 0 2 0 0
Stephen Chbosky 0 2 0 0
Geneva Robertson-Dworet 0 2 0 0
Pamela Ribon 0 2 0 0
Bob Barlen 0 2 0 0
Johannes Roberts 0 2 0 0
Brad Copeland 0 2 0 0
Jeff Nathanson 0 2 0 0
Christopher McQuarrie 0 2 0 0
Tracy Oliver 0 2 0 0
Jennifer Lee 0 2 0 0
Sean Anders 0 2 0 0
Jon Erwin 0 2 0 0
Nicholas Stoller 0 3 0 0
Stephen McFeely 0 2 0 0
Phil Lord 0 2 0 0
Jared Stern 0 2 0 0
Cal Brunker 0 2 0 0
Ryan Engle 0 3 0 0
Mark Bomback 0 2 0 0
David Fowler 0 2 0 0
John Morris 0 2 0 0
Matt Lieberman 0 2 0 0
T.S. Nowlin 0 3 0 0
Ernest Riera 0 2 0 0
Michael McCullers 0 2 0 0
Chris Morgan 0 2 0 0