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 Eastwood742431
4Steven Spielberg502430
Antoine Fuqua502331
5Benny Boom471111
6Michael Bay448331
7Joe Wright433210
8Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
9Stephen Gaghan408111
10Robert Zemeckis396221
George Clooney396221
11Morten Tyldum357210
12Kathryn Bigelow356111
13David Leitch337221
14David Ayer298320
15Dan Mazer275111
16F. Gary Gray256210
17Theodore Melfi231210
18Frank Miller227110
19Josh Boone210110
20Ridley Scott206420
21Andy Muschietti195110
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