What's the Best Cinematography of All Time?

The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and then by first mention in the alphabetical list of voters. Number of multiple votes are in the notes.

Separate lists by director and cinematographer.

Not included:
The Knick
The Sopranos

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  • Days of Heaven

    1

  • Barry Lyndon

    2

  • Citizen Kane

    3

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    4

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    5

  • The Red Shoes

    6

  • The Conformist

    7

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    8

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    9

  • The Tree of Life

    10

  • Apocalypse Now

    11

  • The Night of the Hunter

    12

  • Black Narcissus

    13

  • Manhattan

    14

  • The New World

    15

  • Children of Men

    16

  • The Third Man

    17

  • Flowers of Shanghai

    18

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    19

  • In the Mood for Love

    20

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    21

  • PlayTime

    22

  • Red Desert

    23

  • Touch of Evil

    24

  • Vertigo

    25

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    26

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    27

  • Beau Travail

    28

  • The Last Laugh

    29

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    30

  • Seconds

    31

  • The Godfather

    32

  • Zodiac

    33

  • Chungking Express

    34

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    35

  • The Long Day Closes

    36

  • Contempt

    37

  • Army of Shadows

    38

  • Window Water Baby Moving

    39

  • Carol

    40

  • 8½

    41

  • Miami Vice

    42

  • The Godfather: Part II

    43

  • L'Atalante

    44

  • Public Enemies

    45

  • Birth

    46

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    47

  • Heaven's Gate

    48

  • My Darling Clementine

    49

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    50

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    51

  • Faust

    52

  • Le Bonheur

    53

  • Do the Right Thing

    54

  • Persona

    55

  • M

    56

  • Floating Weeds

    57

  • Ashes and Diamonds

    58

  • Happy Together

    59

  • Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    60

  • The Innocents

    61

  • Rashomon

    62

  • Beauty and the Beast

    63

  • Kwaidan

    64

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    65

  • Blade Runner

    66

  • Pierrot le fou

    67

  • The Turin Horse

    68

  • I Am Cuba

    69

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    70

  • Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

    71

  • L'Eclisse

    72

  • The Shining

    73

  • Fallen Angels

    74

  • Reign of Terror

    75

  • Zabriskie Point

    76

  • Inherent Vice

    77

  • Inland Empire

    78

  • Leviathan

    79

  • The Red and the White

    80

  • Prisoners

    81

  • The Scarlet Empress

    82

  • A Touch of Zen

    83

  • Horse Money

    84

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    85

  • A Lake

    86

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    87

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    88

  • Ugetsu

    89

  • The Elephant Man

    90

  • Stalker

    91

  • Jules and Jim

    92

  • The Long Goodbye

    93

  • Wings of Desire

    94

  • Morocco

    95

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    96

  • Written on the Wind

    97

  • Vampyr

    98

  • Mirror

    99

  • Margot at the Wedding

    100