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
23Tim Burton66110
24James Gray64110
25Peter Jackson62110
26Rupert Sanders58110
27Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57310
28David Yates56210
29Niki Caro53210
30Rob Reiner50110
Patty Jenkins50110
31Patrick Hughes46110
32Jake Kasdan44110
33Malcolm D. Lee41110
34[none] McG40110
35Sam Miller39110
36Sam Mendes37110
37Lee Toland Krieger36110
38Tyler Perry34330
Breck Eisner34110
39Garry Marshall33110
40Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
George Nolfi32110
41Denzel Washington28110
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