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 Cox1291432
2Kevin Pavlovic1058110
3Douglas Crise794331
4Joel Negron768111
5Gary Roach707321
6Jay Cassidy594220
7Alan Baumgarten591220
8Rick Grayson535111
9Thelma Schoonmaker385110
10Jeff Groth372551
11Crispin Struthers350110
12Stephen Mirrione347221
13Brent White339220
14Jay Deuby323110
15David Rosenbloom306330
16Jeremiah O'Driscoll280111
Mick Audsley280111
17Anne McCabe277221
18Michael Tronick276330
19Frédéric Thoraval264330
20Jeff McEvoy261220
21Billy Fox256110
22Robert Rodriguez250220
23James Herbert241110
24Julian Clarke229330
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California