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
22Tim Squyres107220
23John Ottman102320
Michael Louis Hill102220
24Chris Lebenzon101320
25Jeremiah O'Driscoll98220
26Dino Jonsäter97110
27Pietro Scalia86211
28Martin Walsh84310
29Jonathan Chibnall83210
30Audrey Simonaud60220
31Jim May57310
32Mark Day56210
33Dorian Harris50110
34Christopher Rouse49211
Carlo Rizzo49110
David Rennie49330
35Paul Harb46110
Sean Albertson46110
36Richard Francis-Bruce44210
37Paul Millspaugh41110
38Randy Bricker39110
39Lee Smith37310
40Melissa Kent36110
41Dean Zimmerman34310
42Robert Malina33110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California