Film editors expertly assemble the footage shot over a period of weeks or months — along with computer-generated images — to create the final film. Working with the director to select from different takes of the same scene, an editor may be challenged to keep a cigarette in view longer or avoid showing it altogether. Who decides? Editors in these rankings have worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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editors | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Michael Kahn952970
2Patrick J. Don Vito921111
3Jabez Olssen818540
4Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
5William Goldenberg696530
6Valerio Bonelli654440
7John Ottman615430
8Matt Villa510320
9Camille Delamarre497330
10Jason Ballantine478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
11Roger Barton433840
12Hughes Winborne405420
13John Refoua391320
14Peter S. Elliot349630
15Jeffrey Ford339820
16Stephen Mirrione323311
17James Herbert317530
18Kevin Stitt313430
19Joe Klotz286211
20Peter McNulty283330
21Sarah Broshar277220
22Chris Lebenzon247840
23Alan Edward Bell239520
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