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
2John Curran150110
3Jeff Wadlow133110
4Peter Spierig32110
Michael Spierig32110
5Clint Eastwood28110
6Baltasar Kormákur20110
7Gary Ross15110
8Greg Berlanti13110
9Wes Anderson8110
10Michael Sucsy7110
11Bethany Ashton Wolf0111
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