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
1Clint Eastwood1945872
2Martin Scorsese1884441
3Quentin Tarantino1658661
4Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
5Ridley Scott996760
6Todd Phillips851662
7David Fincher792441
8Shane Black768111
9Mike Nichols677222
10Edgar Wright659553
11Robert Zemeckis653221
12Tony Scott633321
13Edward Zwick554440
14Benny Boom532221
15Brian De Palma513222
Kathryn Bigelow513221
16David O. Russell487420
17Bruce Robinson484111
18Frank Miller483220
19Stephen Gaghan462221
20Ben Affleck458330
21David Ayer431441
22Allen Coulter395110
23Robert Rodriguez394441
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