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
1Stephen Mirrione1805753
2Jeff Gourson1478761
3Michael Kahn9531390
4Paul Hirsch948741
5William Goldenberg9461060
6Jabez Olssen818540
7Virginia Katz629852
8Ethan Coen621330
9Joel Coen613220
10Richard Francis-Bruce582631
11Martin Walsh565620
12Jamie Selkirk511110
13James Herbert501530
14Camille Delamarre497330
15Pietro Scalia494422
16Matt Villa478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
Jason Ballantine478310
17Chris Lebenzon4441290
18Hughes Winborne440630
19Dody Dorn436531
20John Refoua429220
21Maysie Hoy4251282
22Michael McCusker412531
23Andrew MacRitchie409330
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California