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 Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2Joe Wright375110
3Antoine Fuqua281110
4Steven Spielberg185210
5Destin Daniel Cretton140110
6Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
7Michael Bay110110
8Stephen Frears97220
9Dexter Fletcher84110
10Tim Burton66110
11James Gray64110
12Rupert Sanders58110
13David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
14Niki Caro53110
15Patty Jenkins50110
16Malcolm D. Lee41110
17Jake Kasdan34110
18Garry Marshall33110
19Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
20Denzel Washington28110
21John Lee Hancock26110
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