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
24Josh Boone210110
25Jon Favreau207420
26Nora Ephron187110
27Sam Mendes167220
28John Pogue161110
29Gore Verbinski156210
30John Crowley150110
31Adam Brooks145110
32Salim Akil142220
33Destin Daniel Cretton140110
34Robert Lorenz135110
35Jeff Nichols127110
36Wes Anderson116220
37John Luessenhop114110
Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
38Matthew Vaughn113110
39Anthony Hemingway107110
Stephan Elliott107110
40Angelina Jolie106110
41Joe Wright103320
42Robert Zemeckis99220
Stephen Frears99330
43Bill Pohlad97110
44Michel Hazanavicius94110
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