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
1Steven Spielberg951870
2Peter Jackson818440
3Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
4Peter Farrelly714222
5Joe Wright663430
6Tate Taylor626221
7Bryan Singer541430
8Guy Ritchie501430
9Baz Luhrmann478110
10Olivier Megaton453330
11Michael Bay423430
12Tyler Perry3731182
13Morten Tyldum357210
14Shane Black338110
15George Clooney323111
16James Cameron302330
17Lee Daniels286111
18Antoine Fuqua281110
19Rob Marshall271310
20Brian Helgeland267110
21Theodore Melfi231210
22Francis Lawrence226410
23Tim Burton213430
24Josh Boone210110
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