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 Bissell144110
3Rupert Wyatt66110
4Adam Robitel58110
5Jenny Gage15110
6Chris Dowling10110
Robert Rodriguez10110
7Tyler Perry7110
8Stephen Merchant6110
9Chris Butler1110
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