Special Report

The 50 Highest Grossing Film Directors of All Time

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45. Tom Shadyac
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.52
> Movie with highest ROI: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6.6/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 38.8%

Tom Shadyac began his comedy career as a joke-writing wunderkind for Bob Hope. He co-wrote the smash hit “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” starring Jim Carrey, in 1994. Among his other credits are “Bruce Almighty,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Liar Liar.”

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44. Guy Ritchie
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.53
> Movie with highest ROI: Snatch (2000)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.6/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 60.7%

British director Guy Ritchie announced himself to the movie industry with a Cockney take on the gangster genre in the film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” in 1999. He’s probably best-known, though, for “Snatch.”

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43. Lasse Hallström
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.56
> Movie with highest ROI: A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 43.6%

The former director of videos for the pop group ABBA, Hallström burst onto the movie scene in 1985 with “My Life as a Dog,” which gained two Oscar nominations. His other notable films include “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Dear John.”

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42. Paul Feig
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.62
> Movie with highest ROI: Bridesmaids (2011)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6.7/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 74.2%

Paul Freig is an actor, writer, producer, and director who’s known for television fare such as “The Facts of Life” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” His big-screen directorial debut came in 2011 when his raunchy comedy “Bridesmaids” became a huge hit. His follow-up film, the female cop buddy movie “The Heat,” starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, was successful as well.

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41. Steve McQueen
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.69
> Movie with highest ROI: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.8/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 89.8%

British filmmaker Steve McQueen likes to upset the status quo, and his “12 Years a Slave” was an unflinching look at slavery in America. It also was a critical and box-office triumph, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director for McQueen.

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