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 Refoua390220
3Michael Kahn227210
4Jake Roberts150110
5Martin Walsh132320
6Roger Barton120220
7Calvin Wimmer109110
Mark Sanger109110
Debra Neil-Fisher109110
Adam Gerstel109110
8Chris Lebenzon101220
9Jeremiah O'Driscoll98220
10Dino Jonsäter97110
11Valerio Bonelli83110
12Neil Smith60110
Billy Rich60110
13John Ottman56110
Michael Louis Hill56110
Lee Haugen56110
Mark Day56210
John Axelrad56210
14David Coulson53210
15Lee Smith47220
16Paul Millspaugh41110
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California