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
1Rian Johnson189111
2Mimi Leder162110
3Roland Emmerich149110
4Robin Bissell147110
5Rupert Goold112110
6James Mangold96110
7Rupert Wyatt66110
8Deon Taylor62110
9Adam Robitel58110
10Alfonso Gomez-Rejon54110
11Lulu Wang49111
12Greta Gerwig46110
13Guy Ritchie44110
14Tyler Nilson42110
Michael Schwartz42110
15Gurinder Chadha38110
16Chris Addison28110
17Dome Karukoski20110
18Jenny Gage16110
19Chris Dowling10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
20Todd Haynes8110
21Tyler Perry7110
22Stephen Merchant6110
Justin Dec6110
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