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 Black768111
3Clint Eastwood742431
4Steven Spielberg503430
5Antoine Fuqua502331
6Benny Boom471111
7Michael Bay448331
8Joe Wright433210
9Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
10Stephen Gaghan408111
11Robert Zemeckis396221
George Clooney396221
12David Leitch381331
13Kathryn Bigelow371111
14Morten Tyldum357210
15David Ayer298320
16Dan Mazer275111
17F. Gary Gray256210
18Theodore Melfi231210
19Frank Miller227110
20Josh Boone210110
21Ridley Scott206420
22Andy Muschietti195110
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