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
1Peter Farrelly921111
2Joe Wright560110
3Bryan Singer513110
4Steven Spielberg277220
5Mimi Leder162110
6John Curran150110
7Robin Bissell147110
8Jeff Wadlow133110
9Roland Emmerich127110
10Rupert Goold112110
11Jonathan Dayton111111
Valerie Faris111111
12Michael Bay110110
13Etan Cohen83110
14Destin Daniel Cretton75110
15Chris Weitz70110
16Robert Zemeckis69110
17Rupert Wyatt66110
18James Gray64210
19Deon Taylor62110
20Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
21Damien Chazelle55110
22Alfonso Gomez-Rejon54110
23Niki Caro53110
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