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 Wright433110
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
12Tim Burton66110
13James Gray64110
14Rupert Sanders58110
15David Yates56210
Bryan Singer56110
16Niki Caro53110
17Patty Jenkins50110
18Jake Kasdan44110
19Malcolm D. Lee41110
20Garry Marshall33110
21Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
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