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
1Martin Scorsese2322661
2George Clooney2159665
3Clint Eastwood19511282
4Quentin Tarantino1658661
5Peter Jackson1572770
6Ridley Scott13931171
7Rob Marshall1266531
8David Fincher1245661
9Shane Black1190221
10Todd Phillips1122882
11Steven Spielberg109513110
12Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
13Joel Coen1054551
14Ethan Coen990441
15Peter Segal989531
16Robert Zemeckis776641
17Michael Bay739971
18Antoine Fuqua725861
19Tony Scott715531
20Mike Nichols677222
21Tyler Perry66717123
22Edgar Wright647653
23Mikael Håfström631442
24Tate Taylor630331
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