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 Gerwig2787254
2Quentin Tarantino1259111
3Benny Boom1130122
4Deon Taylor1065443
5Greg Tiernan1058210
Conrad Vernon1058210
6Stephen Gaghan979222
7Todd Phillips956221
Andy Muschietti956232
8Peter Farrelly921111
9Shane Black909221
10Kathryn Bigelow890122
11Bryan Singer569220
12Joe Wright560110
13John Hillcoat475133
14Dexter Fletcher467221
15Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
16Antoine Fuqua406220
17Robert Zemeckis367221
18David Leitch323321
19Harmony Korine316110
20Chad Stahelski300220
21Steven Spielberg277320
22Dan Mazer275111
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