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
1Michael Kahn951970
2Jabez Olssen818540
3Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
4William Goldenberg696530
5Patrick J. Don Vito659111
6Valerio Bonelli654440
7John Ottman574430
8Matt Villa510320
9Camille Delamarre497330
10Jonathan Redmond478110
Jason Ballantine478210
11Roger Barton433740
12Hughes Winborne405420
13John Refoua391320
14Peter S. Elliot349630
15Jeffrey Ford339720
16Stephen Mirrione323311
17Kevin Stitt313430
18Joe Klotz286211
19Peter McNulty283330
20Sarah Broshar276220
21James Herbert274420
22Chris Lebenzon247740
23Alan Edward Bell239520
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