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
1Steven Spielberg276220
2Christian Gudegast170110
3John Curran150110
4Jeff Wadlow133110
5Jay Chandrasekhar93110
6Tim Kirkby76110
7Drew Pearce52110
8Tyler Perry44110
9Francis Lawrence42110
10Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
11David Leitch30110
12Clint Eastwood28110
13Scott Cooper21110
14Baltasar Kormákur19110
15Johannes Roberts14110
16Greg Berlanti13110
17Babak Najafi11110
18Gary Ross10110
19Wes Anderson8110
20Michael Sucsy7110
21Jonathan Goldstein4110
Nicolai Fuglsig4110
John Francis Daley4110
22Sanjay Leela Bhansali3110
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