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
21Erik Jessen83110
22Nat Sanders75110
23Andrew Groves66110
24John Axelrad64210
Lee Haugen64110
25Steve Mirkovich63220
26Tom Cross61420
27James Herbert59320
28Neil Smith58110
Billy Rich58110
29Michael Louis Hill56110
Lee Smith56320
Mark Day56310
30David Coulson53210
31Matt Friedman47111
Michael Taylor47111
32Steve Edwards44110
Mark Helfrich44110
33Paul Millspaugh41210
34David Rennie37320
35Justin Krish36110
36Robert Malina33110
Bruce Green33110
37Matt Villa32210
Richard Pearson32310
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