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
2Quentin Tarantino1259111
3Benny Boom1130122
4Conrad Vernon1058110
Greg Tiernan1058110
5Stephen Gaghan979122
6Todd Phillips956221
Andy Muschietti956232
Deon Taylor956333
7Shane Black909221
8Kathryn Bigelow890122
9John Hillcoat475133
10Dexter Fletcher362111
11David Leitch323221
12Harmony Korine316110
13Chad Stahelski300220
14Robert Zemeckis280111
15Dan Mazer275111
16Craig Zobel215110
17Sam Mendes207110
18Ridley Scott206220
19Spike Lee194110
20Director X.172110
Steven Knight172110
21Christian Gudegast170110
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