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 Farrelly920111
2Joe Wright560110
3Bryan Singer513110
4Steven Spielberg277220
5Mimi Leder162110
6John Curran150110
7Robin Bissell144110
8Jeff Wadlow133110
9Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
10Michael Bay110110
11Etan Cohen83110
12Destin Daniel Cretton75110
13Chris Weitz70110
14Robert Zemeckis69110
15Rupert Wyatt66110
16James Gray64110
17Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
18Damien Chazelle55110
19Niki Caro53110
20Patty Jenkins50110
21Jake Kasdan44110
22Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
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