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
25John Pogue161110
26Gore Verbinski156210
27John Crowley150110
Woody Allen150330
28Salim Akil142220
29Destin Daniel Cretton140110
30Robert Lorenz135110
31Jeff Nichols127110
32Wes Anderson116220
33John Luessenhop114110
Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
34Matthew Vaughn113110
35Anthony Hemingway107110
Stephan Elliott107110
36Angelina Jolie106110
37Bryan Singer102320
38Stephen Frears100330
39Robert Zemeckis99220
40Bill Pohlad97110
41Michel Hazanavicius94110
42Barry Sonnenfeld91210
43Marc Webb86411
44Tom Hanks84110
Dexter Fletcher84110
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