Directors

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
RankDirectorScoreFilmsWith
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1Ethan Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
2Dexter Fletcher84110
3Malcolm D. Lee39110
4Garry Marshall31110
5Stephen Hopkins24110
6Ben Stiller5110
7Dan Trachtenberg2110
8J Blakeson1110
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