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
25John Pogue161110
26Gore Verbinski156210
27John Curran150110
John Crowley150110
Woody Allen150330
28Salim Akil142220
29Destin Daniel Cretton140110
30Robert Lorenz135110
31Jeff Wadlow133110
32Jeff Nichols127110
33Wes Anderson124330
34John Luessenhop114110
Valerie Faris114111
Jonathan Dayton114111
35Matthew Vaughn113110
36Anthony Hemingway107110
Stephan Elliott107110
37Angelina Jolie106110
38Bryan Singer102320
39Stephen Frears100330
40Robert Zemeckis99220
41Bill Pohlad97110
42Michel Hazanavicius94110
43Barry Sonnenfeld91210
44Marc Webb86411
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