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
20Deon Taylor62110
21Damien Chazelle61220
22Guy Ritchie59320
23Rupert Sanders58110
Adam Robitel58210
24David Yates56310
25Niki Caro53210
26Patty Jenkins50110
27Lulu Wang47111
28Jake Kasdan44110
29Malcolm D. Lee41210
30Sam Mendes37110
31Gurinder Chadha36110
Lee Toland Krieger36110
32Breck Eisner34110
33Garry Marshall33110
34Michael Spierig32110
Peter Spierig32110
Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
George Nolfi32110
35Chris Addison28110
Denzel Washington28110
Clint Eastwood28210
36Kenneth Branagh26210
Garth Davis26110
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