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 Jackson818440
2Steven Spielberg734660
3George Clooney626222
Tate Taylor626221
4Ethan Coen614220
Joel Coen614220
5Baz Luhrmann520220
6Guy Ritchie501330
7Olivier Megaton455440
8Tyler Perry3661172
9David Fincher363220
10Morten Tyldum357110
11Shane Black338110
12Michael Bay313320
13James Cameron302330
14Lee Daniels286111
15Oliver Stone280220
16Rob Marshall271310
17Brian Helgeland267110
18Theodore Melfi231110
19Francis Lawrence226410
20Woody Allen220440
21Josh Boone210110
22Jon Favreau207420
23Nora Ephron187110
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