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
22Tim Burton66110
23James Gray64110
24Peter Jackson62110
25Rupert Sanders58110
26Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57310
27David Yates56210
28Niki Caro53210
29Rob Reiner50110
Patty Jenkins50110
30Patrick Hughes46110
31Jake Kasdan44110
32Malcolm D. Lee41110
33[none] McG40110
34Sam Miller39110
35Sam Mendes37110
36Lee Toland Krieger36110
37Tyler Perry34330
Breck Eisner34110
38Garry Marshall33110
39Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
George Nolfi32110
40Denzel Washington28110
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