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
1Spike Lee194110
2Director X.172110
3Christian Gudegast170110
4Brian Henson149110
5Drew Goddard147110
6Antoine Fuqua125110
7Fede Alvarez122110
8Shane Black112110
9Adam McKay104110
Jonah Hill104110
10Jay Chandrasekhar94110
11Francis Lawrence89110
12Tim Kirkby78110
13Bradley Cooper71110
14Tyler Perry54220
15Drew Pearce49110
16Yann Demange40110
17Dan Fogelman39111
18David Leitch36110
19Clint Eastwood34110
20Steve McQueen31110
21Scott Cooper21110
22Boots Riley20110
23David Gordon Green19110
24Pierre Morel17110
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