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
1Rupert Sanders60110
2James Gray54110
3Niki Caro52110
4Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
5Terry George20110
6Ken Marino18110
7D. J. Caruso14110
8Jon Gunn11110
9Stacy Title8110
M. Night Shyamalan8110
10F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
11Ricardo de Montreuil1110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California