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.

Pick a time period: YTD | 1-year | 3-year | 5-year | 10-year | Since 2002
directors | The more smoking, the higher the score
24Ric Roman Waugh83110
25Tim Burton66110
26Malcolm D. Lee62220
27Rupert Sanders60110
28Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57210
29David Yates56210
James Gray56110
30Niki Caro53210
31Rob Reiner50110
32Paul Greengrass49211
33Patty Jenkins47110
34Patrick Hughes46110
35Joseph Kosinski44110
36[none] McG40110
37Sam Miller39110
38Sam Mendes37110
39Lee Toland Krieger36110
40Breck Eisner34110
41Garry Marshall33110
42Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Garth Davis32110
43Tyler Perry31420
Adam McKay31110
44Harold Cronk26210
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