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
1Mimi Leder162110
2Robin Bissell147110
3Roland Emmerich127110
4Rupert Goold112110
5Rupert Wyatt66110
6Deon Taylor62110
7Adam Robitel58110
8Alfonso Gomez-Rejon54110
9Lulu Wang49111
10Guy Ritchie44110
11Michael Schwartz41110
Tyler Nilson41110
12Gurinder Chadha38110
13Chris Addison28110
14Dome Karukoski20110
15Jenny Gage16110
16Chris Dowling10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
17Tyler Perry7110
18Stephen Merchant6110
Justin Dec6110
19Gail Mancuso5110
20Ang Lee2110
21Chris Butler1110
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