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
1Clint Eastwood1142441
2Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
3Quentin Tarantino991330
4Martin Scorsese781220
5Shane Black768111
6Todd Phillips656551
7Robert Zemeckis653221
8David Fincher569221
9Benny Boom532221
10Kathryn Bigelow528221
11David O. Russell487320
12Bruce Robinson484111
13Ben Affleck449220
14Stephen Gaghan408111
15David Leitch381331
16John Hillcoat365332
17Antoine Fuqua353441
18Scott Cooper349440
19Paul Feig348330
20David Ayer313330
21Ridley Scott294440
22Brad Furman278330
23Dan Mazer275111
24F. Gary Gray260220
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