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
1Benny Boom471111
2Joe Wright424110
3Stephen Gaghan408111
4Kathryn Bigelow356111
5David Leitch258111
6Ridley Scott206220
7Andy Muschietti195110
8Greta Gerwig142111
9Destin Daniel Cretton140110
10Aaron Sorkin130110
11Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
12Tomas Alfredson113110
13Michael Bay110110
14Chad Stahelski97110
15James Mangold77110
16James Gray64110
17Martin McDonagh62110
Guillermo del Toro62110
18Jordan Peele59110
George Clooney59110
19Edgar Wright58111
Rupert Sanders58110
20Michael Cuesta53110
Niki Caro53110
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