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
4Joe Wright433110
5Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
6Stephen Gaghan408111
7Kathryn Bigelow356111
8Antoine Fuqua281110
9Robert Zemeckis280111
10Dan Mazer275111
11Steven Spielberg268210
12David Leitch258111
13Ridley Scott206220
14Andy Muschietti195110
15Christian Gudegast170110
16Mark Waters160110
17Michael Bay158221
18Brad Furman157110
19Greta Gerwig145111
20Destin Daniel Cretton140110
21Aaron Sorkin131110
Todd Phillips131111
22Valerie Faris114111
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