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
2Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
3Antoine Fuqua281110
4Steven Spielberg276320
5John Curran150110
6Jeff Wadlow133110
7Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
8Michael Bay110110
9Stephen Frears97220
10Dexter Fletcher84110
11Destin Daniel Cretton75110
12Chris Weitz70110
13Tim Burton66110
14James Gray64110
15Rupert Sanders58110
16David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
17Niki Caro53110
18Patty Jenkins50110
19Damien Chazelle49220
20Jake Kasdan44110
21Malcolm D. Lee41210
22Garry Marshall33110
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