Directors work with actors, cinematographers, editors, and craftspeople to bring the script to the screen. From sets and props to pace and expression, the director determines the detail of every scene. The final edit of the film is rarely up to the director — the studio has final cut. Directors also may lack veto power over product placement. Directors in these rankings worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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directors | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Steven Spielberg494320
2Joe Wright433210
3Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
4Morten Tyldum357210
5Michael Bay343220
6George Clooney323111
7Antoine Fuqua281110
8Theodore Melfi231210
9Josh Boone210110
10John Pogue161110
11Tate Taylor155111
12John Crowley150110
13Destin Daniel Cretton140110
14Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
15Angelina Jolie106110
16Bryan Singer102220
17Bill Pohlad97110
Stephen Frears97220
18Robert Zemeckis93110
19Marc Webb86211
20Dexter Fletcher84110
21Tim Burton66110
22James Gray64110
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