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
1Peter Farrelly921111
2Joe Wright560110
3Bryan Singer513110
4Steven Spielberg277220
5Rian Johnson207211
6Mimi Leder162110
7John Curran150110
8Roland Emmerich149110
9Robin Bissell147110
10Jeff Wadlow133210
11Rupert Goold112110
12Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
13Michael Bay110110
14James Mangold96110
15Etan Cohen83110
Destin Daniel Cretton83220
16Chris Weitz70110
17Robert Zemeckis69110
18Rupert Wyatt66110
19James Gray64210
20Deon Taylor62110
21Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
22Damien Chazelle55110
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