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
25Ric Roman Waugh83110
26Tim Burton66110
27Malcolm D. Lee62220
28Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57210
29David Yates56210
30Rob Reiner50110
31Paul Greengrass49211
32Patrick Hughes46110
33Joseph Kosinski44110
34[none] McG40110
35Sam Miller39110
36Sam Mendes37110
37Lee Toland Krieger36110
38Breck Eisner34110
39Garry Marshall33110
40Garth Davis32110
41Adam McKay31110
42Jordan Vogt-Roberts28110
43Harold Cronk26210
44Greg Mottola25110
45Thomas Vinterberg24110
Stephen Hopkins24110
46Joshua Michael Stern22110
Tyler Perry22410
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California