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 Marshall1266631
4Steven Spielberg123214120
5Peter Segal989631
6Bryan Singer840760
7Peter Farrelly832332
8Joel Coen776331
9Ethan Coen767221
10Joe Wright668540
11Tate Taylor626221
12Mark Steven Johnson625321
13Taylor Hackford591110
14Sam Raimi531530
15Baz Luhrmann520220
16Guy Ritchie501430
17Tyler Perry46116112
18Olivier Megaton455440
19Michael Bay424640
20Lee Tamahori383330
Ridley Scott383521
21Adam McKay367440
22David Fincher363220
23Morten Tyldum357210
24Bill Condon355530
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