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 Mirrione808332
2Joel Cox707321
Gary Roach707321
3William Goldenberg696430
4Jay Cassidy594320
5Alan Baumgarten591320
6Jason Ballantine478210
Jonathan Redmond478110
Matt Villa478110
7Thelma Schoonmaker385110
8Brent White370330
9Crispin Struthers350210
10Peter S. Elliot347420
11Jeffrey Ford338310
12Ethan Coen332110
Joel Coen332110
13Jay Deuby323110
14Michael Tronick287440
15Joe Klotz286211
16Peter McNulty272220
17Michael Kahn269220
18Kevin Stitt267210
19James Herbert257320
20Billy Fox256110
21Frédéric Thoraval253220
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Film data driven by Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!, a project of Breathe California