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
4Joe Wright433110
5Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
6Stephen Gaghan408111
7Kathryn Bigelow371111
8David Leitch321221
9Antoine Fuqua281110
10Robert Zemeckis280111
11Steven Spielberg276320
12Dan Mazer275111
13Ridley Scott206220
14Andy Muschietti195110
15Director X.171110
16Christian Gudegast170110
17Mark Waters160110
18Michael Bay158221
19Brad Furman157110
20John Curran150110
21Greta Gerwig145111
22Jeff Wadlow133110
23Aaron Sorkin131110
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