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 Wright560210
4Steven Spielberg504430
5Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
6Antoine Fuqua281110
7Robert Zemeckis162220
Mimi Leder162110
8John Curran150110
John Crowley150110
9Robin Bissell147110
10Jeff Wadlow133110
11Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
12Michael Bay110110
13Bill Pohlad97110
Stephen Frears97220
14Dexter Fletcher84110
15Etan Cohen83110
16Destin Daniel Cretton75110
17Chris Weitz70110
18Tim Burton66210
Rupert Wyatt66110
19James Gray64210
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