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
1Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
2Shane Black768111
3Clint Eastwood707221
4Benny Boom471111
5Stephen Gaghan408111
6David Leitch381331
7Kathryn Bigelow371111
8David Ayer298220
9Robert Zemeckis280111
10Dan Mazer275111
11F. Gary Gray256110
12Frank Miller227110
13Ridley Scott206220
14Andy Muschietti195110
15David Gordon Green179220
Neill Blomkamp179110
16Pierre Morel171110
17Christian Gudegast170110
18Alejandro González Iñárritu169220
19Director X.168110
20John Requa161220
Glenn Ficarra161220
21Mark Waters160110
22Brad Furman157110
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