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
25Michael McCusker412631
26Andrew MacRitchie409330
27Peter Teschner404540
28Richard Pearson3871281
29Brent White367640
30Peter Boyle353320
31Thelma Schoonmaker350220
32Peter S. Elliot349830
33Jeffrey Ford342930
34Julie Monroe323220
35Kevin Stitt313730
36Angus Wall311110
37Arthur Coburn306220
38Daniel P. Hanley299640
39Craig Wood295721
Claire Simpson295420
40Elliot Graham291440
41Joe Klotz286211
42Dan Lebental2851050
43Peter McNulty283330
44Paul Rubell276940
45Bob Murawski268620
46Debra Neil-Fisher267430
47Sarah Broshar261110
48Mick Audsley251421
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