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
20Damien Chazelle61220
21Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
22David Yates56310
23Niki Caro53210
24Patty Jenkins50110
25Jake Kasdan44110
26Malcolm D. Lee41210
27Sam Mendes37110
28Lee Toland Krieger36110
29Breck Eisner34110
30Garry Marshall33110
31Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
32Denzel Washington28110
Clint Eastwood28210
33Kenneth Branagh26210
Garth Davis26110
John Lee Hancock26110
34Greg Mottola25110
35Stephen Hopkins24110
Thomas Vinterberg24110
36Ken Marino22110
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