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
1Shane Black1190221
2Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
3Clint Eastwood707321
4Stephen Gaghan535111
5Antoine Fuqua524441
6Baz Luhrmann478110
7Martin Scorsese385110
8Robert Zemeckis365221
9Morten Tyldum357210
10David O. Russell350210
11Paul Feig339320
12Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
13George Clooney323111
14Michael Bay312331
15Todd Phillips301221
16David Ayer298320
17Lee Daniels286111
18Dan Mazer275111
19Steven Spielberg269320
20Brian Helgeland267110
21Brad Furman264220
22John Wells256221
F. Gary Gray256210
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