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
1Steven Spielberg261110
2Christian Gudegast168110
3Peter Spierig31110
Michael Spierig31110
4Clint Eastwood26110
5Scott Cooper21110
6Babak Najafi11110
7Nicolai Fuglsig4110
8Sanjay Leela Bhansali3110
9Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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