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.

Pick a time period: YTD | 1-year | 3-year | 5-year | 10-year | Since 2002
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
9Jonah Hill104110
10Adam McKay102110
11Jay Chandrasekhar94110
12Francis Lawrence89110
13Tim Kirkby78110
14Bradley Cooper68110
15Tyler Perry54220
16Drew Pearce49110
17Yann Demange40110
18Dan Fogelman39111
19David Leitch36110
20Steve McQueen31110
21Clint Eastwood30110
22Scott Cooper21110
23Boots Riley20110
24David Gordon Green19110
25Pierre Morel17110
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