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
1Steven Spielberg859760
2Peter Jackson818440
3Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
4Tate Taylor626221
5Guy Ritchie501430
6Joe Wright478430
Baz Luhrmann478110
7Olivier Megaton453330
8Michael Bay423430
9Tyler Perry3731182
10Morten Tyldum357210
11Shane Black338110
12George Clooney323111
13James Cameron302330
14Lee Daniels286111
15Antoine Fuqua281110
16Rob Marshall271310
17Brian Helgeland267110
18Theodore Melfi231210
19Francis Lawrence226410
20Tim Burton213430
21Josh Boone210110
22Nora Ephron187110
23Sam Mendes167220
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