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
22Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
Garth Davis32110
23Denzel Washington28110
24John Lee Hancock26110
25Greg Mottola25110
26Thomas Vinterberg24110
Stephen Hopkins24110
27Ken Marino22110
28Olivier Megaton21110
29Terry George20110
30Christopher Nolan19110
31David Gelb18110
32Alfonso Gomez-Rejon17110
33Kenneth Branagh16210
34Kevin Sorbo15110
M. Night Shyamalan15220
Guy Ritchie15210
35Steven Soderbergh14110
Joseph Kosinski14110
D. J. Caruso14110
36Ericson Core13110
Nikolaj Arcel13110
37Tyler Perry12220
Jared Hess12110
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