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
1Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
2Shane Black768111
3Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
4Antoine Fuqua281110
5Robert Zemeckis280111
6Dan Mazer275111
7Mark Waters160110
8Brad Furman157110
9Todd Phillips131111
10John Hillcoat113111
11Dennis Gansel102110
12Mel Gibson98110
13John Requa92110
Glenn Ficarra92110
14Dexter Fletcher84110
15Stephen Frears83110
16James Wan70110
17Ben Younger67111
18Louis Leterrier66110
Tim Burton66110
19Enrique Begne60110
20David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
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