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
2Baz Luhrmann478110
3Martin Scorsese385110
4Morten Tyldum357110
5David O. Russell350210
6Paul Feig339220
7Shane Black338110
8Ethan Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
9George Clooney323111
10Michael Bay315331
11David Ayer298220
12Lee Daniels286111
13Steven Spielberg269220
14Brian Helgeland267110
15F. Gary Gray256110
John Wells256221
16Ruben Fleischer241110
17Theodore Melfi231110
18Frank Miller227110
19Neill Blomkamp213220
20Josh Boone210110
21Jean-Marc Vallée192220
22Dan Mazer186111
23Antoine Fuqua173331
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