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
1Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
2Antoine Fuqua281110
3Steven Spielberg227210
4John Crowley150110
5Bill Pohlad97110
6Robert Zemeckis93110
7Dexter Fletcher84110
8Stephen Frears83110
9Tim Burton66110
10Rupert Sanders60110
11David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
12James Gray54110
13Niki Caro52210
14Malcolm D. Lee41110
15Sam Mendes37110
16Lee Toland Krieger36110
17Breck Eisner34110
18Garry Marshall33110
19Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Garth Davis32110
20Greg Mottola25110
21Thomas Vinterberg24110
Stephen Hopkins24110
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