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 Kahn952870
2Patrick J. Don Vito921111
3Jabez Olssen716430
4William Goldenberg696430
5Valerio Bonelli654440
6John Ottman615430
7Matt Villa510320
8Camille Delamarre497330
9Jason Ballantine478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
10Roger Barton433840
11Ethan Coen414111
Joel Coen414111
12Hughes Winborne405420
13John Refoua391320
14Peter S. Elliot349630
15Jeffrey Ford339820
16Stephen Mirrione323311
17James Herbert317530
18Kevin Stitt313430
19Joe Klotz286211
20Peter McNulty283330
21Michael McCusker278531
22Sarah Broshar277220
23Alan Edward Bell239520
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