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
1Shane Black1190221
2Clint Eastwood1182861
3Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
4Quentin Tarantino991330
5Steven Spielberg951870
6Martin Scorsese845330
7Peter Jackson818440
8Robert Zemeckis776441
9Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
10Antoine Fuqua704551
11Todd Phillips656551
12Tyler Perry64113103
13David Fincher634331
14Tate Taylor630331
15Michael Bay551651
16Joe Wright536430
17George Clooney534332
18Benny Boom532221
19Kathryn Bigelow528221
20Guy Ritchie501430
21David O. Russell487420
22Bruce Robinson484111
23Baz Luhrmann478110
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