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 Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
2John Refoua281110
3Martin Walsh84110
4Valerio Bonelli83110
5Chris Lebenzon66110
6John Ottman56110
Michael Louis Hill56110
Mark Day56210
7Paul Millspaugh41110
8David Rennie37220
9Robert Malina33110
Bruce Green33110
10Alexandre de Franceschi32110
11John Smith24110
12Hughes Winborne18110
13Keith Brachmann12110
14Scott Powell11110
15Larry Sexton9110
16Ron Patane7110
Jim Helton7110
17Greg Hayden5110
Tom Cross5110
Sophie Corra5110
18Billy Weber2110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California