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
1Joe Wright560110
2Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
3Michael Bay110110
4Destin Daniel Cretton75110
5James Gray64110
6Rupert Sanders58110
7Niki Caro53110
8Patty Jenkins50110
9Jake Kasdan44110
10Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
11John Lee Hancock26110
Kenneth Branagh26110
12Ken Marino22110
13Terry George20110
14Christopher Nolan19110
15Kevin Sorbo15110
16Steven Soderbergh14110
Joseph Kosinski14110
Stephen Frears14110
D.J. Caruso14110
17Nikolaj Arcel13110
18Jon Gunn12110
19Gabriela Cowperthwaite11110
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