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
6Destin Daniel Cretton140110
7Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
8Tomas Alfredson113110
9Michael Bay111110
10Chad Stahelski98110
11Greta Gerwig96111
12James Mangold78110
13James Gray64110
14Rupert Sanders60110
15Jordan Peele59110
George Clooney59110
16Edgar Wright58111
17Michael Cuesta53110
Niki Caro53110
18Patty Jenkins51110
19David Gordon Green50110
20Darren Aronofsky48110
21Denis Villeneuve44110
22Matthew Vaughn40110
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