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
21Tim Burton66210
Rupert Wyatt66110
22James Gray64210
23Deon Taylor62110
24Damien Chazelle61220
25Guy Ritchie59320
26Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
27David Yates56310
28Niki Caro53210
29Patty Jenkins50110
30Lulu Wang49111
31Jake Kasdan44110
32Tyler Nilson41110
Michael Schwartz41110
Malcolm D. Lee41210
33Gurinder Chadha38110
34Sam Mendes37110
35Lee Toland Krieger36110
36Breck Eisner34110
37Garry Marshall33110
38Michael Spierig32110
Peter Spierig32110
Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
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