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
23Peter Jackson62110
24Rupert Sanders58110
25Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57310
26David Yates56210
27Niki Caro53210
28Rob Reiner50110
Patty Jenkins50110
29Patrick Hughes46110
30Malcolm D. Lee41110
31[none] McG40110
32Sam Miller39110
33Sam Mendes37110
34Lee Toland Krieger36110
35Tyler Perry34330
Jake Kasdan34110
Breck Eisner34110
36Garry Marshall33110
37Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
38Denzel Washington28110
39John Lee Hancock26110
Garth Davis26110
Harold Cronk26210
Kenneth Branagh26310
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