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
1Benny Boom471111
2Stephen Gaghan408111
3Kathryn Bigelow356111
4David Leitch278111
5Ridley Scott206220
6Andy Muschietti195110
7Greta Gerwig145111
8Aaron Sorkin131110
9Tomas Alfredson113110
10Chad Stahelski97110
11James Mangold77110
12Guillermo del Toro67110
13Edgar Wright66111
14Martin McDonagh64110
15Jordan Peele59110
George Clooney59110
16Michael Cuesta53110
17Alexander Payne50110
David Gordon Green50110
18Darren Aronofsky48110
19Denis Villeneuve45110
20Matthew Vaughn40110
21Jason Hall38110
22Doug Liman36110
23Andrew Jay Cohen21110
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