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 Black908221
3Peter Farrelly659111
4Joe Wright560210
5Bryan Singer528220
6Steven Spielberg503430
7Robert Zemeckis482331
8Benny Boom471111
9Greta Gerwig421111
10Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
11Antoine Fuqua412330
12Stephen Gaghan408111
13Kathryn Bigelow371111
14Andy Muschietti340110
15David Leitch322221
16Dan Mazer275111
17F. Gary Gray256210
18Ridley Scott206320
19Spike Lee194110
20David Gordon Green191330
21Pierre Morel188220
22Neill Blomkamp179110
23Director X.171110
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