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.

Pick a time period: YTD | 1-year | 3-year | 5-year | 10-year | Since 2002
editors | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
2John Refoua281110
3Michael Kahn227210
4Jake Roberts150110
5Chris Lebenzon101220
6Jeremiah O'Driscoll98220
7Dino Jonsäter97110
8Martin Walsh84210
9Valerio Bonelli83110
10Neil Smith60110
Billy Rich60110
11John Ottman56110
Michael Louis Hill56110
Mark Day56210
12Lee Haugen54110
John Axelrad54210
13David Coulson52210
14Paul Millspaugh41110
15Lee Smith37110
David Rennie37220
16Melissa Kent36110
17Dean Zimmerman34110
18Robert Malina33110
Bruce Green33110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California