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
3Benny Boom471111
4Stephen Gaghan408111
5Kathryn Bigelow356111
6Robert Zemeckis280111
7David Leitch278111
8Dan Mazer275111
9Ridley Scott206220
10Andy Muschietti195110
11Christian Gudegast170110
12Mark Waters160110
13Brad Furman157110
14Greta Gerwig145111
15Aaron Sorkin131110
Todd Phillips131111
16John Hillcoat113111
Tomas Alfredson113110
17Dennis Gansel102110
18Mel Gibson98110
19Chad Stahelski97110
20John Requa92110
Glenn Ficarra92110
21James Mangold77110
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