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
1Baz Luhrmann478110
2Morten Tyldum357110
3Shane Black338110
4Ethan Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
5George Clooney323111
6Lee Daniels286111
7Steven Spielberg269220
8Brian Helgeland267110
9Michael Bay232110
10Theodore Melfi231110
11Josh Boone210110
12John Pogue161110
13Tate Taylor155111
14John Crowley150110
15Jeff Nichols127110
16Peter Jackson120220
17Angelina Jolie106110
18Bill Pohlad97110
19Robert Zemeckis93110
20Marc Webb86111
21Dexter Fletcher84110
22Ric Roman Waugh83110
23Malcolm D. Lee60220
24Jaume Collet-Serra57110
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