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
23Mark Waters160110
24Brad Furman157110
Adam McKay157220
25Scott Cooper155220
26Denis Villeneuve154220
27Brian Henson149110
28Drew Goddard147110
29Fede Alvarez144220
30Antoine Fuqua132220
31Todd Phillips131111
Aaron Sorkin131110
32Tomas Alfredson112110
33Jonah Hill104110
34Dennis Gansel102110
35David Mackenzie98122
Mel Gibson98110
36Jay Chandrasekhar94110
37Quentin Tarantino92110
38Matthew Vaughn91220
39Francis Lawrence89110
40Guillermo del Toro87210
41Alejandro González Iñárritu86110
42Tim Kirkby78110
43James Mangold77110
44Jonathan Levine74330
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