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
1Clint Eastwood707221
2Martin Scorsese385110
3David O. Russell350110
4Paul Feig339220
5David Ayer298220
6F. Gary Gray256110
John Wells256221
7Ruben Fleischer241110
8Frank Miller227110
9Neill Blomkamp213220
10Jean-Marc Vallée192220
11Dan Mazer186111
12Antoine Fuqua173331
13Alejandro González Iñárritu172220
14Pierre Morel171110
15Glenn Ficarra160220
John Requa160220
16Scott Cooper149220
17Ron Howard146111
18David Fincher144110
19Jon Favreau141110
20Derek Cianfrance138110
21Todd Phillips133110
22David Gordon Green129110
23Harmony Korine123110
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