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
24Scott Cooper155220
Adam McKay155220
25Denis Villeneuve154220
26Brian Henson149110
27Drew Goddard147110
28Fede Alvarez144220
29Antoine Fuqua132220
30Todd Phillips131111
Aaron Sorkin131110
31Tomas Alfredson112110
32Jonah Hill104110
33Dennis Gansel102110
34David Mackenzie98122
Mel Gibson98110
35Chad Stahelski97110
36Jay Chandrasekhar94110
37Quentin Tarantino92110
38Matthew Vaughn91220
39Francis Lawrence89110
40Guillermo del Toro87210
41Alejandro González Iñárritu86110
42Tim Kirkby78110
43James Mangold77110
44James Wan70110
45Bradley Cooper68110
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