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
22Destin Daniel Cretton75110
23Chris Weitz70110
24Tim Burton66110
25James Gray64110
26Peter Jackson62110
27Damien Chazelle61220
28Rupert Sanders58110
29Camille Delamarre57220
Jaume Collet-Serra57310
30David Yates56310
31Niki Caro53210
32Rob Reiner50110
Patty Jenkins50110
33Patrick Hughes46110
34Jake Kasdan44110
35Malcolm D. Lee41210
36[none] McG40110
37Sam Miller39110
38Sam Mendes37110
39Lee Toland Krieger36110
40Tyler Perry34330
Breck Eisner34110
41Garry Marshall33110
42Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
Peter Spierig32110
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