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
9David Leitch323221
10Harmony Korine316110
11Robert Zemeckis280111
12Dan Mazer275111
13F. Gary Gray256110
14Ridley Scott206220
15Spike Lee194110
16David Gordon Green191330
17Pierre Morel188220
18Neill Blomkamp179110
19Director X.172110
Steven Knight172110
20Christian Gudegast170110
21Glenn Ficarra161220
John Requa161220
22Mark Waters160110
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