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 Eastwood2901463
2Greta Gerwig2696144
3John Hillcoat1279255
4Jeff Tremaine1193276
5Benny Boom1130122
6Kathryn Bigelow1079232
7Greg Tiernan1058110
Conrad Vernon1058110
8Stephen Gaghan979122
9Shane Black909221
10Martin Scorsese781220
11Robert Zemeckis653221
12Todd Phillips609441
13David Fincher569221
14Quentin Tarantino521220
15Antoine Fuqua509551
16David O. Russell487320
17Bruce Robinson484111
18Ben Affleck449220
19Harmony Korine440220
20Andy Muschietti424111
21David Leitch382331
22Edgar Wright369233
23Ron Howard351122
24Scott Cooper349440
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