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
1Stephen Gaghan408111
2Benny Boom369111
3Kathryn Bigelow357111
4David Leitch259111
5Andy Muschietti196110
6Tomas Alfredson113110
7Chad Stahelski98110
8Greta Gerwig96111
9James Mangold78110
10Jordan Peele59110
George Clooney59110
11Edgar Wright58111
12Michael Cuesta53110
13David Gordon Green50110
14Darren Aronofsky48110
15Denis Villeneuve44110
16Matthew Vaughn40110
17Jason Hall37110
18Doug Liman36110
19Andrew Jay Cohen21110
20Martin Campbell19110
Peter Berg19110
21Ridley Scott18110
Patrick Hughes18110
22Jonathan Levine12110
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