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 Farrelly921111
2Bryan Singer569220
3Joe Wright560110
4Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
5Antoine Fuqua281110
6Steven Spielberg277320
7Rian Johnson207211
8Mimi Leder162110
9John Curran150110
10Roland Emmerich149210
11Robin Bissell147110
12Jeff Wadlow133210
13Rupert Goold112110
14Jonathan Dayton111111
Valerie Faris111111
15Michael Bay110110
16Stephen Frears97220
17James Mangold96110
18Dexter Fletcher84110
19Etan Cohen83110
Destin Daniel Cretton83220
20Chris Weitz70110
21Robert Zemeckis69110
22Tim Burton66210
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