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 Eastwood707321
4Antoine Fuqua502331
5Michael Bay448331
6Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
7Steven Spielberg411320
8Stephen Gaghan408111
9Robert Zemeckis396221
George Clooney396221
10Joe Wright375210
11Benny Boom368111
12Morten Tyldum357210
13Kathryn Bigelow356111
14David Leitch317221
15David Ayer298320
16Dan Mazer275111
17F. Gary Gray256210
18Theodore Melfi231210
19Frank Miller227110
20Josh Boone210110
21Ridley Scott204420
22Andy Muschietti195110
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