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
1Christian Gudegast170110
2Tyler Perry42110
Francis Lawrence42110
3Scott Cooper21110
4Johannes Roberts14110
5Babak Najafi11110
6Nicolai Fuglsig4110
7Kay Cannon1110
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