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
1Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
2John Refoua281110
3Michael Kahn227210
4Jake Roberts150110
5Valerio Bonelli122110
6Chris Lebenzon101220
7Jeremiah O'Driscoll98220
8Dino Jonsäter97110
9Martin Walsh84210
10John Ottman56110
Michael Louis Hill56110
Mark Day56210
11Paul Millspaugh41110
12Lee Smith37110
David Rennie37220
13Melissa Kent36110
14Dean Zimmerman34110
15Robert Malina33110
Bruce Green33110
16Alexandre de Franceschi32110
17Richard Pearson25110
18John Smith24110
Claire Simpson24110
19Nicolas Trembasiewicz21110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California