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
1Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2Antoine Fuqua281110
3Steven Spielberg227210
4John Crowley150110
5Michael Bay109110
6Bill Pohlad97110
7Robert Zemeckis93110
8Dexter Fletcher84110
9Stephen Frears83110
10Tim Burton66110
11Rupert Sanders60110
12David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
James Gray56110
13Niki Caro53210
14Patty Jenkins48110
15Malcolm D. Lee41110
16Sam Mendes37110
17Lee Toland Krieger36110
18Breck Eisner34110
19Garry Marshall33110
20Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Garth Davis32110
21Greg Mottola25110
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