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
1Ethan Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
2Steven Spielberg227110
3John Crowley150110
4Bill Pohlad97110
5Robert Zemeckis93110
6Dexter Fletcher84110
7Malcolm D. Lee39110
8Sam Mendes37110
9Lee Toland Krieger36110
10Breck Eisner34110
11Garry Marshall31110
12Stephen Hopkins24110
Thomas Vinterberg24110
13Olivier Megaton21110
14David Gelb18110
15Alfonso Gomez-Rejon17110
16Guy Ritchie15110
17Ericson Core13110
18Patricia Riggen11210
19Mike Binder10110
Alan Taylor10110
20Tom Harper9110
Ron Howard9110
21Simon Curtis8110
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