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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60Ben Stiller5110
José Padilha5110
Hallie Meyers-Shyer5110
F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
Damien Chazelle5110
61Paul King4210
Bill Condon4210
Nick Cassavetes4110
62David M. Rosenthal3110
Peyton Reed3210
Sean Anders3210
63Edward Zwick2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
Tarsem Singh2110
Jon Erwin2310
Andrew Erwin2310
Cameron Crowe2110
64Trish Sie1210
Jessie Nelson1110
Akiva Goldsman1110
Ricardo de Montreuil1110
J Blakeson1110
65Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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