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
1Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
2Shane Black768111
3Stephen Gaghan408111
4Benny Boom369111
5Kathryn Bigelow357111
6Robert Zemeckis280111
7Dan Mazer275111
8David Leitch259111
9F. Gary Gray256110
10Andy Muschietti196110
11David Gordon Green179220
Neill Blomkamp179110
12Pierre Morel171110
13John Requa161220
Glenn Ficarra161220
14Mark Waters160110
15Brad Furman157110
16Denis Villeneuve153220
17Scott Cooper134110
18Todd Phillips131111
19John Hillcoat113111
Tomas Alfredson113110
20Dennis Gansel102110
21Chad Stahelski98110
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