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 Eastwood1147751
3Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
4Quentin Tarantino991330
5Steven Spielberg860760
6Martin Scorsese845330
7Peter Jackson818440
8Robert Zemeckis776441
9Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
10Antoine Fuqua704551
11Todd Phillips656551
12David Fincher634331
13Tate Taylor630331
14Tyler Perry5641293
15Michael Bay552651
16George Clooney534332
17Kathryn Bigelow514221
18Guy Ritchie501430
19David O. Russell487420
20Bruce Robinson484111
21Joe Wright479430
22Baz Luhrmann478110
23Lee Daniels466221
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