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
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Quentin Tarantino1358221
3Benny Boom1130122
4Conrad Vernon1058210
Greg Tiernan1058210
5Deon Taylor1054443
6Stephen Gaghan979122
7Todd Phillips922221
8Peter Farrelly921111
9Shane Black909221
10Kathryn Bigelow890122
11Andy Muschietti609221
12Bryan Singer569220
13Joe Wright560210
14Steven Spielberg504430
15Robert Zemeckis483331
16John Hillcoat475133
17Dexter Fletcher467221
18Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
19Antoine Fuqua412330
20David Leitch323321
21Harmony Korine316110
22Chad Stahelski300220
23Dan Mazer275111
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