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
1Shane Black1190221
2Clint Eastwood1179861
3Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
4David Fincher1023441
5Quentin Tarantino991330
6George Clooney902443
7Martin Scorsese845330
8Joel Coen829331
9Peter Jackson818440
10Robert Zemeckis776441
11Ethan Coen767221
12Steven Spielberg734760
13Antoine Fuqua704551
14Todd Phillips656551
15Tate Taylor630331
16Tyler Perry57814103
17Michael Bay551651
18Baz Luhrmann520220
19Kathryn Bigelow514221
20Guy Ritchie501430
21David O. Russell487420
22Bruce Robinson484111
23Lee Daniels466221
24Olivier Megaton455440
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