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
21Garth Davis26110
Kenneth Branagh26110
22Greg Mottola25110
23Stephen Hopkins24110
24Ken Marino22110
25Terry George20110
26Christopher Nolan19110
27Kevin Sorbo15110
28Steven Soderbergh14110
Joseph Kosinski14110
D.J. Caruso14110
29Nikolaj Arcel13110
30Tyler Perry12220
Jared Hess12110
Jon Gunn12110
31Gabriela Cowperthwaite11110
Jon Cassar11110
32M. Night Shyamalan8110
Christopher Landon8110
33Stacy Title7110
Derek Cianfrance7110
34Whit Stillman5110
Ben Stiller5110
Hallie Meyers-Shyer5110
F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
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