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
1Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
2Antoine Fuqua281110
3Stephen Frears122110
4Dexter Fletcher84110
5Tim Burton66110
6David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
7Malcolm D. Lee41110
8Garry Marshall33110
9Garth Davis32110
10Greg Mottola25110
11Stephen Hopkins24110
12Denzel Washington18110
13Jared Hess12110
14Jon Cassar11110
15Derek Cianfrance8110
16Whit Stillman5110
Ben Stiller5110
Damien Chazelle5110
17Edward Zwick2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
18J Blakeson1110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California