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
21Michael Spierig32110
George Nolfi32110
22Denzel Washington28110
Clint Eastwood28210
23John Lee Hancock26110
Garth Davis26110
Kenneth Branagh26110
24Greg Mottola25110
25Stephen Hopkins24110
26Ken Marino22110
27Baltasar Kormákur20110
Terry George20110
28Christopher Nolan19110
29Kevin Sorbo15110
Gary Ross15110
30Steven Soderbergh14110
Joseph Kosinski14110
D.J. Caruso14110
31Greg Berlanti13110
Nikolaj Arcel13110
32Tyler Perry12220
Jared Hess12110
Jon Gunn12110
33Gabriela Cowperthwaite11110
Jon Cassar11110
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