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
1Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
2Shane Black768111
3Benny Boom471111
4Stephen Gaghan408111
5Kathryn Bigelow371111
6David Leitch321221
7Robert Zemeckis280111
8Dan Mazer275111
9Ridley Scott206220
10Andy Muschietti195110
11Director X.171110
12Christian Gudegast170110
13Mark Waters160110
14Brad Furman157110
15Greta Gerwig145111
16Aaron Sorkin131110
Todd Phillips131111
17John Hillcoat113111
Tomas Alfredson113110
18Dennis Gansel102110
19Mel Gibson98110
20Chad Stahelski97110
21Jay Chandrasekhar93110
22John Requa92110
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