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
5Joe Wright377110
6Benny Boom370111
7Kathryn Bigelow357111
8Antoine Fuqua281110
9Robert Zemeckis280111
10Dan Mazer275111
11David Leitch259111
12Ridley Scott204220
13Andy Muschietti198110
14Steven Spielberg185210
15Mark Waters160110
16Michael Bay159221
17Brad Furman157110
18Destin Daniel Cretton140110
19Greta Gerwig133111
20Todd Phillips131111
21Aaron Sorkin123110
22Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
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