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
1Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
2Shane Black768111
3Clint Eastwood707221
4Stephen Gaghan535111
5Martin Scorsese385110
6David O. Russell350110
7Paul Feig339220
8Todd Phillips301221
9David Ayer298220
10Dan Mazer275111
11Brad Furman264220
12John Wells256221
F. Gary Gray256110
13Robert Zemeckis249111
14Ruben Fleischer241110
15Frank Miller227110
16Neill Blomkamp213220
17Jean-Marc Vallée192220
18Antoine Fuqua173331
19Pierre Morel171110
20Alejandro González Iñárritu169220
21John Requa161220
Glenn Ficarra161220
22Mark Waters160110
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