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
58Ryan Coogler7210
Stacy Title7110
59Stephen Merchant6110
Justin Dec6110
60Ben Stiller5110
F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
Whit Stillman5110
Hallie Meyers-Shyer5110
Gail Mancuso5110
Steven Caple, Jr.5110
61Paul King4210
Bill Condon4210
62David M. Rosenthal3110
Sean Anders3310
Peyton Reed3210
63Tarsem Singh2110
Edward Zwick2110
Ang Lee2110
Cameron Crowe2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
64Chris Butler1110
Ricardo de Montreuil1110
Jessie Nelson1110
J Blakeson1110
65Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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