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 Farrelly661111
2Joe Wright560210
3Bryan Singer531220
4Steven Spielberg504430
5Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
6Antoine Fuqua281110
7Robert Zemeckis162220
8John Curran150110
John Crowley150110
9Jeff Wadlow133110
10Mimi Leder128110
11Jonathan Dayton111111
Valerie Faris111111
12Michael Bay110110
13Bill Pohlad97110
Stephen Frears97220
14Dexter Fletcher84110
15Etan Cohen83110
16Destin Daniel Cretton75110
17Chris Weitz70110
18Tim Burton66110
19James Gray64110
20Damien Chazelle61220
21Rupert Sanders58110
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