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 Farrelly921111
2Bryan Singer513110
3Steven Spielberg277220
4Rian Johnson189111
5Mimi Leder162110
6John Curran150110
7Roland Emmerich149110
8Robin Bissell147110
9Jeff Wadlow133210
10Rupert Goold112110
11James Mangold96110
12Etan Cohen83110
13Chris Weitz70110
14Robert Zemeckis69110
15Rupert Wyatt66110
16Deon Taylor62110
17Adam Robitel58210
18Damien Chazelle55110
19Alfonso Gomez-Rejon54110
20Lulu Wang49111
21Greta Gerwig46110
22Guy Ritchie44110
23Tyler Nilson42110
Michael Schwartz42110
24Gurinder Chadha38110
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