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
22Niki Caro53210
23Patty Jenkins50110
24Jake Kasdan44110
25Malcolm D. Lee41210
26Sam Mendes37110
27Lee Toland Krieger36110
28Breck Eisner34110
29Garry Marshall33110
30Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
George Nolfi32110
31Denzel Washington28110
Clint Eastwood28210
32John Lee Hancock26110
Garth Davis26110
Kenneth Branagh26210
33Greg Mottola25110
34Thomas Vinterberg24110
Stephen Hopkins24110
35Ken Marino22110
36Olivier Megaton21110
37Baltasar Kormákur20210
Terry George20110
38Christopher Nolan19110
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