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
22Rupert Wyatt66110
23James Gray64210
24Deon Taylor62110
25Damien Chazelle61220
26Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
27David Yates56310
28Alfonso Gomez-Rejon54110
29Niki Caro53110
30Patty Jenkins50110
31Lulu Wang49111
32Greta Gerwig46110
33Jake Kasdan44210
Guy Ritchie44210
34Tyler Nilson42110
Michael Schwartz42110
35Malcolm D. Lee41210
36Gurinder Chadha38110
37Garry Marshall33110
38Michael Spierig32110
Peter Spierig32110
Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
39Chris Addison28110
Denzel Washington28110
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