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
1Clint Eastwood1174551
2Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
3Quentin Tarantino991330
4Martin Scorsese781220
5Shane Black768111
6Todd Phillips656551
7Robert Zemeckis653221
8David Fincher569221
9Kathryn Bigelow514221
10David O. Russell487320
11Bruce Robinson484111
12Ben Affleck449220
13David Ayer431441
14Benny Boom430221
15Stephen Gaghan408111
16John Hillcoat365332
17Antoine Fuqua353441
18Paul Feig348330
19Scott Cooper327330
20David Leitch318221
21Brad Furman278330
22Dan Mazer275111
23F. Gary Gray260220
24Tomas Alfredson257220
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