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
1Greta Gerwig2696144
2Benny Boom1130122
3Greg Tiernan1058110
Conrad Vernon1058110
4Stephen Gaghan979122
5Shane Black909221
6Kathryn Bigelow890122
7John Hillcoat475133
8Andy Muschietti424111
9Dexter Fletcher348111
10David Leitch323221
11Harmony Korine316110
12Chad Stahelski295220
13Robert Zemeckis280111
14Dan Mazer275111
15F. Gary Gray256110
16Ridley Scott206220
17Spike Lee194110
18David Gordon Green191330
19Pierre Morel188220
20Neill Blomkamp179110
21Director X.172110
Steven Knight172110
22Christian Gudegast170110
23Glenn Ficarra161220
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