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
51Paul King4110
Scott Stewart4110
52Sean Anders3110
Stephen Frears3110
James Mangold3110
Peyton Reed3110
David M. Rosenthal3110
53Cal Brunker2110
Cameron Crowe2110
Roland Emmerich2110
Andrew Erwin2210
Jon Erwin2210
John Lee Hancock2110
Tarsem Singh2110
Dan Trachtenberg2110
54J Blakeson1110
Akiva Goldsman1110
Pedro Pablo Ibarra1110
Jessie Nelson1110
Trish Sie1110
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