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
1Joe Wright560110
2Bryan Singer495220
3Peter Farrelly425110
4Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
5Antoine Fuqua281110
6Steven Spielberg276320
7John Curran150110
8Jeff Wadlow133110
9Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
10Michael Bay110110
11Stephen Frears97220
12Dexter Fletcher84110
13Destin Daniel Cretton75110
14Chris Weitz70110
15Tim Burton66110
16James Gray64110
17Damien Chazelle61220
18Rupert Sanders58110
19David Yates56310
20Niki Caro53110
21Patty Jenkins50110
22Jake Kasdan44110
23Malcolm D. Lee41210
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