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
22John Ottman102320
Michael Louis Hill102220
23Chris Lebenzon101320
24Jeremiah O'Driscoll98220
25Dino Jonsäter97110
26Pietro Scalia86211
Valerio Bonelli86220
27Martin Walsh84310
28Jonathan Chibnall83210
29Neil Smith60110
Audrey Simonaud60220
Billy Rich60210
30Jim May57310
31Mark Day56210
32Lee Haugen54110
John Axelrad54210
33David Coulson52210
34Dorian Harris50110
35Christopher Rouse49211
Carlo Rizzo49110
David Rennie49330
36Paul Harb46110
Sean Albertson46110
37Richard Francis-Bruce44210
38Paul Millspaugh41110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California