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
1Craig Zobel215110
2Sam Mendes207110
3Nicolas Pesce60110
4Guy Ritchie45110
5Adil El Arbi32110
Bilall Fallah32110
6Cathy Yan21110
7Reed Morano17110
8Gavin O'Conner11110
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