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
1Peter Jackson818440
2Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
3Steven Spielberg734760
4Tate Taylor626221
George Clooney626222
5Baz Luhrmann520220
6Guy Ritchie501430
7Olivier Megaton455440
8Michael Bay422430
9Tyler Perry3801282
10David Fincher363220
11Morten Tyldum357210
12Shane Black338110
13James Cameron302330
14Lee Daniels286111
15Antoine Fuqua281110
16Oliver Stone280220
17Rob Marshall271310
18Brian Helgeland267110
19Bryan Singer232430
20Theodore Melfi231210
21Francis Lawrence226410
22Woody Allen220440
23Tim Burton213430
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California