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 Sanders58110
2Niki Caro49110
3Jordan Vogt-Roberts28110
4D. J. Caruso14110
5Jon Gunn11110
6Stacy Title8110
M. Night Shyamalan8110
7F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
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