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
1Michael Bay109110
2Rupert Sanders60110
3James Gray56110
4Niki Caro53110
5Patty Jenkins48110
6Jordan Vogt-Roberts32110
7Ken Marino22110
8Terry George20110
9D. J. Caruso14110
10Jon Gunn12110
11Gabriela Cowperthwaite11110
12Christopher Nolan9110
13Stacy Title8110
M. Night Shyamalan8110
14F. Javier Gutiérrez5110
15Ricardo de Montreuil1110
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