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
21Melissa Kent98220
22Dino Jonsäter97110
23Erik Jessen83110
24Nat Sanders75110
25David Trachtenberg72220
26Andrew Groves66110
27John Axelrad64310
Lee Haugen64210
28Steve Mirkovich63220
29Tom Cross61420
30James Herbert59320
31Neil Smith58110
Billy Rich58110
32Michael Louis Hill56110
Lee Smith56320
Mark Day56410
33Justin Krohn54110
34David Coulson53210
35Matt Friedman49111
Michael Taylor49111
36Steve Edwards44110
Mark Helfrich44110
37Nat Fuller41110
Kevin Tent41110
Paul Millspaugh41210
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