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
3Clint Eastwood707321
4Benny Boom471111
5Greta Gerwig421111
6Stephen Gaghan408111
7David Leitch381331
8Kathryn Bigelow371111
9Andy Muschietti340110
10Antoine Fuqua307331
11David Ayer298220
12Robert Zemeckis280111
13Dan Mazer275111
14F. Gary Gray256110
15Frank Miller227110
16Ridley Scott206220
17Spike Lee194110
18David Gordon Green191330
19Pierre Morel188220
20Neill Blomkamp179110
21Director X.171110
22Christian Gudegast170110
23Alejandro González Iñárritu169220
24John Requa161220
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