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
1Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2Antoine Fuqua281110
3Dexter Fletcher84110
4Stephen Frears83110
5Tim Burton66110
6David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
7Malcolm D. Lee41110
8Garry Marshall33110
9Garth Davis32110
10Greg Mottola25110
11Stephen Hopkins24110
12Denzel Washington18110
13Jared Hess12110
14Jon Cassar11110
15Tyler Perry9110
16Derek Cianfrance7110
17Whit Stillman5110
Ben Stiller5110
Damien Chazelle5110
18Edward Zwick2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
19J Blakeson1110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California