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 Farrelly1124222
2Steven Spielberg952870
3Peter Jackson716330
4Tate Taylor626221
5Bryan Singer615430
6Joe Wright563320
7Baz Luhrmann478110
8Olivier Megaton453330
9Michael Bay423330
10Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
11Morten Tyldum357210
12Shane Black338110
13George Clooney323111
14Guy Ritchie317430
15Lee Daniels286111
16Antoine Fuqua281110
17Brian Helgeland267110
18Theodore Melfi231210
19Francis Lawrence226410
20Josh Boone210110
21Rian Johnson189211
22Sam Mendes167220
23Robert Zemeckis162220
Mimi Leder162110
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