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 Boom368111
5Kathryn Bigelow356111
6Robert Zemeckis280111
7Dan Mazer275111
8David Leitch258111
9Ridley Scott204220
10Andy Muschietti195110
11Mark Waters160110
12Brad Furman157110
13Greta Gerwig133111
14Todd Phillips131111
15Aaron Sorkin123110
16John Hillcoat113111
Tomas Alfredson113110
17Dennis Gansel102110
18Mel Gibson98110
19Chad Stahelski97110
20John Requa92110
Glenn Ficarra92110
21James Mangold77110
22James Wan70110
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