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
4Tate Taylor626221
5Joe Wright536430
6Guy Ritchie501430
7Baz Luhrmann478110
8Olivier Megaton453330
9Michael Bay423430
10Tyler Perry3731182
11Morten Tyldum357210
12Shane Black338110
13George Clooney323111
14James Cameron302330
15Lee Daniels286111
16Antoine Fuqua281110
17Rob Marshall271310
18Brian Helgeland267110
19Theodore Melfi231210
20Francis Lawrence226410
21Tim Burton213430
22Josh Boone210110
23Nora Ephron187110
24Sam Mendes167220
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