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
1Joe Wright560210
2Steven Spielberg503430
3Bryan Singer427330
4Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
5Morten Tyldum357210
6Michael Bay343220
7George Clooney323111
8Antoine Fuqua281110
9Theodore Melfi231210
10Josh Boone210110
11John Pogue161110
12Tate Taylor155111
13John Curran150110
John Crowley150110
14Jeff Wadlow133110
15Valerie Faris111111
Jonathan Dayton111111
16Angelina Jolie106110
17Bill Pohlad97110
Stephen Frears97220
18Robert Zemeckis93110
19Marc Webb86211
20Dexter Fletcher84110
21Destin Daniel Cretton75110
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