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
1Jabez Olssen818540
2Joel Coen767221
Ethan Coen767221
3Michael Kahn734960
4William Goldenberg696630
5Stephen Mirrione626422
6James Herbert501530
7Camille Delamarre497330
8Matt Villa478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
Jason Ballantine478310
9Roger Barton439750
10Peter Teschner399430
11Hughes Winborne395520
12John Refoua390220
13Maysie Hoy3661072
14Peter S. Elliot349630
15Jeffrey Ford339620
16Julie Monroe323220
17Kevin Stitt313630
18Angus Wall311110
19Claire Simpson295320
20Joe Klotz286211
21Peter McNulty283330
22Chris Lebenzon247640
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California