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.

Pick a time period: YTD | 1-year | 3-year | 5-year | 10-year | Since 2002
directors | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1216221
3Benny Boom1130122
4Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
5Stephen Gaghan979122
6Peter Farrelly921111
7Shane Black909221
8Kathryn Bigelow890122
9Bryan Singer569220
10Joe Wright560210
11Steven Spielberg504430
12Robert Zemeckis483331
13John Hillcoat475133
14Dexter Fletcher467221
15Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
16Antoine Fuqua412330
17Andy Muschietti340110
18David Leitch323321
19Harmony Korine316110
20Chad Stahelski299220
21Dan Mazer275111
22F. Gary Gray256310
23Ridley Scott206320
Download Excel | CSV table