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 Singer513110
3Steven Spielberg277220
4John Curran150110
5Jeff Wadlow133110
6Etan Cohen83110
7Chris Weitz70110
8Robert Zemeckis69110
9Damien Chazelle55110
10Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
11Clint Eastwood28110
12Baltasar Kormákur20110
13Will Gluck18110
14Ruben Fleischer17110
15David Lowery15110
Gary Ross15110
16Aneesh Chaganty14110
17Greg Berlanti13110
18Wes Anderson8110
19George Tillman, Jr.7110
Michael Sucsy7110
20Steven Caple, Jr.5110
21Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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