Best Cinematography in Film

This is a list of films with beautiful cinematography:

  1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2. The Thin Red Line
  3. The Tree of Life
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. Children of Men
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  7. Inception
  8. Gravity
  9. Interstellar
  10. The Prestige
  11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  12. Road to Perdition
  13. Pan’s Labyrinth
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  15. Amelie
  16. The Dark Knight
  17. Batman Begins
  18. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  19. A Clockwork Orange
  20. Syriana
  21. Blood Diamond
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  23. The Last Airbender
  24. Lady in the Water
  25. Citizen Kane
  26. A Separation
  27. Michael Clayton
  28. Mad Max: Fury Road
  29. Babe
  30. After Earth
  31. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  32. Unbreakable
  33. The Godfather
  34. The Passion of the Christ
  35. No Country for Old Men
  36. Crimson Peak
  37. The Visit
  38. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  39. Lawrence of Arabia
  40. Memoirs of a Geisha
  41. The Village
  42. JFK
  43. Skyfall
  44. The Illusionist
  45. The Aviator
  46. The Matrix
  47. Barry Lyndon
  48. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  49. Slumdog Millionaire
  50. It Follows
  51. Run Lola Run
  52. Pacific Rim
  53. Do the Right Thing
  54. Noah
  55. Doubt
  56. Fiddler on the Roof
  57. A Little Princess
  58. American Beauty
  59. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  60. Amadeus
  61. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  62. Black Swan
  63. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  64. Psycho
  65. The Lives of Others
  66. Snowden
  67. Fargo
  68. Atonement
  69. Split
  70. United 93
  71. Halloween
  72. Platoon
  73. Dead Man
  74. Vidas Secas
  75. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

3 thoughts on “Best Cinematography in Film

  1. Great list! With all his entries here, I wish Wally Pfister would return to partnering with Chris Nolan. He was missed in Interstellar and I know he’s not doing Dunkirk with him next year. He’s a mediocre director but the best cinematographer when he shoots. Despite that, my number one would be Road to Perdition. Every second of that film was a postcard.


    1. I am with you 100% on Pfister and Nolan. The fact that Chris, an amazing visionary, has full control of his intended shots, his recent work like Interstellar still hold that same beauty. Can’t help but feel nostalgic about the two working together again, lol. Cannot wait to see Dunkirk. That is interesting what you said about Perdition. I have not seen the film in a few years. I guarantee you that if I saw it again, I would bump it up #3-8 spot. I still have not forgetten those beautiful shots from the late Conrad Hall.

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      1. Dunkirk may be second to only Episode 8 on my 2017 must see list, but I think they’re an even better team than Spielberg and Janusz so I would love it if the band got back together. Perdition was so overlooked. That Newman didn’t get a farewell Oscar for that performance still sticks in my craw. However if it was only going to win one award, Hall’s final masterpiece deserved it.

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