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 Black908221
3Benny Boom471111
4Greta Gerwig421111
5Stephen Gaghan408111
6Kathryn Bigelow371111
7Andy Muschietti340110
8David Leitch322221
9Robert Zemeckis280111
10Dan Mazer275111
11F. Gary Gray256110
12Ridley Scott206220
13Spike Lee194110
14David Gordon Green191330
15Pierre Morel188220
16Neill Blomkamp179110
17Director X.171110
18Christian Gudegast170110
19John Requa161220
Glenn Ficarra161220
20Mark Waters160110
21Brad Furman157110
22Scott Cooper155220
23Denis Villeneuve154220
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