Special Report

The 50 Highest Grossing Film Directors of All Time

Source: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

40. Todd Phillips
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.73
> Movie with highest ROI: The Hangover (2009)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.3/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 53.9%

Todd Phillips cut his directorial teeth helming documentaries about punk rockers and frat houses. He became a top comedic director with the film “Old School” in 2003, and hit movie paydirt with “The Hangover.” Phillips has directed, produced, and written the sequels to that film.

Source: Cindy Ord / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

39. Peter Hedges
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.75
> Movie with highest ROI: Pieces of April (2003)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6.7/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 68.9%

Peter Hedges’ movies look at life through the perspective of the outsider. His most successful film is “Pieces of April,” a comedy/drama about a somewhat dysfunctional family trying to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Source: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

38. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.80
> Movie with highest ROI: Bad Moms (2016)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 39.9%

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the screenplay for the hit “The Hangover” in 2009. Directorial success came seven years later with “Bad Moms,” which spawned a sequel.

Source: Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

37. Ang Lee
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.83
> Movie with highest ROI: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.3/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 65.8%

The Taiwan-born Lee, with two Best Director Oscars to his name, has had great success with film credits such as “Sense and Sensibility,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and “Life of Pi.” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is perhaps greatest success, combining romance with an appreciation for the martial arts.

Source: Amy Sussman / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

36. Rawson Marshall Thurber
> Avg. box office to production budget ratio: +$4.90
> Movie with highest ROI: We’re the Millers (2013)
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6.6/10
> Avg. Tomatometer score: 56%

Rawson Marshall Thurber broke through as a director with the comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Greater success came later with the sleazy romp “We’re the Millers,” featuring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.