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
1Peter Jackson1572770
2George Clooney1375333
3Rob Marshall1266531
4Peter Segal989531
5Steven Spielberg95611100
6Tate Taylor626221
7Mark Steven Johnson625321
8Joel Coen622330
9Ethan Coen614220
10Taylor Hackford591110
11Sam Raimi531530
12Baz Luhrmann520220
13Guy Ritchie501330
14Olivier Megaton455440
15Tyler Perry4431492
16Ridley Scott383521
Lee Tamahori383330
17Adam McKay367440
18David Fincher363220
19Morten Tyldum357110
20Bill Condon355430
21Martin Scorsese350220
22Gore Verbinski342631
23Shane Black338110
24Michael Bay314530
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