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
3Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
4Stephen Gaghan408111
5Robert Zemeckis396221
6Benny Boom369111
7Kathryn Bigelow357111
8Antoine Fuqua287220
9Dan Mazer275111
10David Leitch259111
11F. Gary Gray256210
12Steven Spielberg227210
13Andy Muschietti196110
14David Gordon Green179220
Neill Blomkamp179110
15Pierre Morel171110
16John Requa161220
Glenn Ficarra161220
17Mark Waters160110
18Michael Bay159221
19Brad Furman157110
20Denis Villeneuve153320
21John Crowley150110
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