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
1William Goldenberg696430
2Valerio Bonelli643220
3John Ottman526330
4Michael Kahn503430
5Joel Coen414111
Ethan Coen414111
6Patrick J. Don Vito402110
7John Refoua391320
8Roger Barton353430
9Stephen Mirrione323111
10Sarah Broshar276220
11Paul Rubell234520
12Peter Teschner231210
Sarah Flack231110
13Rob Sullivan210110
14Pamela Martin199321
15Sean Albertson179220
16Glenn Garland161110
17Michael McCusker155211
18Jake Roberts150110
Keith Fraase150110
19Martin Walsh134520
20Calvin Wimmer110110
Mark Sanger110110
Debra Neil-Fisher110110
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