Directors

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
RankDirectorScoreFilmsWith
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1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1358221
3Benny Boom1130122
4Greg Tiernan1058110
Conrad Vernon1058110
5Stephen Gaghan979122
6Deon Taylor945333
7Todd Phillips922221
8Shane Black909221
9Kathryn Bigelow890122
10Andy Muschietti609221
11John Hillcoat475133
12Dexter Fletcher362111
13David Leitch323221
14Harmony Korine316110
15Chad Stahelski300220
16Robert Zemeckis280111
17Dan Mazer275111
18F. Gary Gray256110
19Ridley Scott206220
20Spike Lee194110
21David Gordon Green191330
22Pierre Morel188220
23Neill Blomkamp179110
24Director X.172110
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