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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1Harmony Korine316110
2Steven Knight172110
3Chad Stahelski124110
4Jonathan Levine36110
5Sebastián Lelio22110
6Kevin Kölsch11110
7Jordan Peele9110
Hans Petter Moland9110
8Neil Marshall5110
9Adam Shankman3110
Nacho G. Velilla3110
10Nicholas McCarthy2110
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