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
5Stephen Frears122110
6Bill Pohlad97110
7Robert Zemeckis93110
8Dexter Fletcher84110
9Tim Burton66110
10David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
11Malcolm D. Lee41110
12Sam Mendes37110
13Lee Toland Krieger36110
14Breck Eisner34110
15Garry Marshall33110
16Garth Davis32110
17Jordan Vogt-Roberts25110
Greg Mottola25110
18Thomas Vinterberg24110
Stephen Hopkins24110
19Olivier Megaton21110
20Denzel Washington18110
David Gelb18110
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