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
1Peter Farrelly921111
2Bryan Singer569220
3Joe Wright560110
4Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
5Antoine Fuqua281110
6Steven Spielberg277320
7Mimi Leder162110
8John Curran150110
9Roland Emmerich149210
10Robin Bissell147110
11Rian Johnson140210
12Jeff Wadlow133110
13Rupert Goold112110
14Jonathan Dayton111111
Valerie Faris111111
15Michael Bay110110
16Stephen Frears97220
17James Mangold93110
18Dexter Fletcher84110
19Etan Cohen83110
20Destin Daniel Cretton82220
21Chris Weitz70110
22Robert Zemeckis69110
23Tim Burton66210
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