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
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1216221
3Benny Boom1130122
4Greg Tiernan1058110
Conrad Vernon1058110
5Stephen Gaghan979122
6Shane Black909221
7Kathryn Bigelow890122
8John Hillcoat475133
9Dexter Fletcher362111
10Andy Muschietti340110
11David Leitch323221
12Harmony Korine316110
13Chad Stahelski299220
14Robert Zemeckis280111
15Dan Mazer275111
16F. Gary Gray256110
17Ridley Scott206220
18Spike Lee194110
19David Gordon Green191330
20Pierre Morel188220
21Neill Blomkamp179110
22Director X.172110
Steven Knight172110
23Christian Gudegast170110
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