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 Cox707321
Gary Roach707321
2Jay Cassidy594220
3Alan Baumgarten591220
4Thelma Schoonmaker385110
5Stephen Mirrione351221
6Crispin Struthers350110
7Brent White339220
8Jay Deuby323110
9Michael Tronick276330
10Billy Fox256110
11Frédéric Thoraval253220
12Robert Rodriguez250220
13James Herbert241110
14Julian Clarke229330
15Douglas Crise207220
16Jean-Marc Vallée192220
17Anne McCabe187221
18Mark Goldblatt179110
19Jeff Groth176330
20John Refoua173431
21Jan Kovac160220
22David Rosenbloom149220
23Daniel P. Hanley146111
Mike Hill146111
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