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
1Stephen Mirrione1805753
2Jeff Gourson1478761
3Michael Kahn9531290
4Paul Hirsch948641
5William Goldenberg9461060
6Jabez Olssen818440
7Virginia Katz629752
8Ethan Coen622330
9Joel Coen614220
10Richard Francis-Bruce582531
11Martin Walsh565620
12Jamie Selkirk511110
13James Herbert501430
14Camille Delamarre497330
15Pietro Scalia494422
16Jason Ballantine478310
Jonathan Redmond478110
Matt Villa478110
17Dody Dorn436331
18Maysie Hoy4251282
19Hughes Winborne422520
20Michael McCusker412531
21Andrew MacRitchie409330
22Peter Teschner404440
23Chris Lebenzon3781180
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California