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 Farrelly659111
2Joe Wright560110
3Bryan Singer472110
4Steven Spielberg276220
5John Curran150110
6Jeff Wadlow133110
7Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
8Michael Bay110110
9Etan Cohen81110
10Destin Daniel Cretton75110
11Chris Weitz70110
12Robert Zemeckis69110
13James Gray64110
14Rupert Sanders58110
15Damien Chazelle55110
16Niki Caro53110
17Patty Jenkins50110
18Jake Kasdan44110
19Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
George Nolfi32110
20Clint Eastwood28110
21John Lee Hancock26110
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