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
1Quentin Tarantino1259111
2Deon Taylor956133
3Todd Phillips660110
4Andy Muschietti447122
5Dexter Fletcher362111
6Harmony Korine316110
7Chad Stahelski202110
8Steven Knight172110
9Lorene Scafaria144111
10Edward Norton141110
11Ruben Fleischer134110
12Robert Eggers101110
13Melina Matsoukas100110
14Luc Besson86110
15John Crowley75110
16Ari Aster65110
17Tim Story46110
18Jonathan Levine37110
19Nisha Ganatra32110
20Matt Bettinelli-Olpin30110
Tyler Gillett30110
Tate Taylor30110
21Adrian Grunberg24111
22Sebastián Lelio22110
23Benny Safdie20110
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