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
1Director X.171110
2Christian Gudegast170110
3Jay Chandrasekhar93110
4Francis Lawrence89110
5Tim Kirkby78110
6Drew Pearce49110
7Tyler Perry44110
8David Leitch35110
9Scott Cooper21110
10Boots Riley18110
11Johannes Roberts14110
12Stefano Sollima12110
13Babak Najafi11110
14Jonathan Goldstein4110
Nicolai Fuglsig4110
John Francis Daley4110
15Kay Cannon2110
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