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
1Mimi Leder162110
2Robin Bissell147110
3Rupert Wyatt66110
4Deon Taylor62110
5Adam Robitel58110
6Lulu Wang47111
7Guy Ritchie43110
8Gurinder Chadha36110
9Chris Addison28110
10Dome Karukoski20110
11Jenny Gage16110
12Chris Dowling10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
13Tyler Perry7110
14Stephen Merchant6110
15Gail Mancuso5110
16Chris Butler1110
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