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
63Bill Condon4210
Nick Cassavetes4110
64David M. Rosenthal3110
Peyton Reed3110
James Mangold3110
Sean Anders3110
65Edward Zwick2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
Tarsem Singh2110
John Lee Hancock2110
Jon Erwin2210
Andrew Erwin2210
Roland Emmerich2210
Cameron Crowe2110
Cal Brunker2110
66Trish Sie1110
Jessie Nelson1110
Pedro Pablo Ibarra1110
Akiva Goldsman1110
Ricardo de Montreuil1110
J Blakeson1110
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