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
24Camille Delamarre57220
25Rob Reiner50110
26Paul Greengrass49111
27Patrick Hughes46110
Bryan Singer46210
28Joseph Kosinski44110
29[none] McG40110
30Sam Miller39110
31Sam Mendes37110
32Lee Toland Krieger36110
33Breck Eisner34110
34Garry Marshall31110
Adam McKay31110
35Harold Cronk26210
36Stephen Hopkins24110
Thomas Vinterberg24110
37Tyler Perry22310
Joshua Michael Stern22110
38Olivier Megaton21110
39David Gelb18110
Dean Parisot18110
40Alfonso Gomez-Rejon17110
41Bobby Farrelly15111
Peter Farrelly15111
Guy Ritchie15110
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