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
1Baz Luhrmann478110
2Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
3Morten Tyldum357210
4Michael Bay343220
5Shane Black338110
6George Clooney323111
7Lee Daniels286111
8Antoine Fuqua281110
9Steven Spielberg269320
10Brian Helgeland267110
11Theodore Melfi231210
12Josh Boone210110
13John Pogue161110
14Tate Taylor155111
15John Crowley150110
16Destin Daniel Cretton140110
17Jeff Nichols127110
18Peter Jackson120220
19Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
20Angelina Jolie106110
21Bryan Singer102320
22Stephen Frears99330
23Bill Pohlad97110
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