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 Jackson1572770
2George Clooney1375333
3Rob Marshall1266531
4Peter Segal989531
5Steven Spielberg95612100
6Joel Coen776331
7Ethan Coen767221
8Tate Taylor626221
9Mark Steven Johnson625321
10Taylor Hackford591110
11Sam Raimi531530
12Baz Luhrmann520220
13Guy Ritchie501430
14Tyler Perry45715102
15Olivier Megaton455440
16Michael Bay424640
17Lee Tamahori383330
Ridley Scott383521
18Bryan Singer368650
19Adam McKay367440
20David Fincher363220
21Morten Tyldum357210
22Bill Condon355530
23Martin Scorsese350220
24Gore Verbinski342631
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California