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
1William Goldenberg696430
2Matt Villa478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
Jason Ballantine478210
3Peter S. Elliot347420
4Jeffrey Ford338410
5Joel Coen332110
Ethan Coen332110
6Stephen Mirrione323111
7Joe Klotz286211
8Peter McNulty283330
9Michael Kahn269320
10Kevin Stitt267210
11Roger Barton243420
12John Refoua237110
13Paul Rubell234520
14Peter Teschner231210
Sarah Flack231110
15Rob Sullivan210110
16Glenn Garland161110
17Michael McCusker158221
18Jake Roberts150110
19Julie Monroe127110
20Martin Walsh125420
21Jabez Olssen120320
Download Excel | CSV table
Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California