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 Farrelly1124222
2Steven Spielberg952870
3Peter Jackson818440
4Ethan Coen767221
Joel Coen767221
5Tate Taylor626221
6Bryan Singer615430
7Joe Wright563320
8Baz Luhrmann478110
9Olivier Megaton453330
10Michael Bay423330
11Morten Tyldum357210
12Shane Black338110
13George Clooney323111
14Guy Ritchie317430
15Lee Daniels286111
16Antoine Fuqua281110
17Brian Helgeland267110
18Theodore Melfi231210
19Francis Lawrence226410
20Tim Burton213530
21Josh Boone210110
22James Cameron170220
23Sam Mendes167220
24Robert Zemeckis162220
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