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
1Peter Farrelly659111
2Joe Wright560210
3Bryan Singer528220
4Steven Spielberg503430
5Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
6Antoine Fuqua281110
7Robert Zemeckis162220
8John Curran150110
John Crowley150110
9Jeff Wadlow133110
10Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
11Michael Bay110110
12Bill Pohlad97110
Stephen Frears97220
13Dexter Fletcher84110
14Etan Cohen81110
15Destin Daniel Cretton75110
16Chris Weitz70110
17Tim Burton66110
18James Gray64110
19Damien Chazelle61220
20Rupert Sanders58110
21David Yates56310
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