This Showdown celebrates cinematographers, those heroes of lens and light, whose command of incredible imagery can sear a frame into our minds forever. List your top ten most beautifully shot films. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, your preference may be for uncut steadicam shots, stop-motion living room chases, sumptuous 70mm nature films or an audacious iPhone feature. We’re looking for personal, not popular. Set your shutter speed, rack that focus and get your top ten inside the frame.

Most mentioned

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Blade Runner
  • The Shining
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Tree of Life
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Apocalypse Now
  • There Will Be Blood
  • La La Land
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Suspiria
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Citizen Kane
  • Days of Heaven
  • Children of Men
  • Vertigo
  • The Revenant

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Kurosawa

Kurosawa 55 films

Robert Marley

Robert Marley 198 films

love, river

love, river 24 films

Lawrence

Lawrence 38 films

Logan5

Logan5 20 films

Milo Williams

Milo Williams 36 films

David Kuskie

David Kuskie 10 films

elvisisking

elvisisking 20 films

Tamara

Tamara 10 films

Jaime Rebanal

Jaime Rebanal 56 films

Monica Silva

Monica Silva 10 films

rsq2000

rsq2000 10 films

Evan 🎃

Evan 🎃 10 films

Vanessa

Vanessa 20 films

donovon

donovon 10 films

Christian Doig

Christian Doig 10 films

Nick Weaver

Nick Weaver 10 films

Mariner35

Mariner35 105 films

Mike E

Mike E 10 films

Albie Hay

Albie Hay 10 films

CinemaClown

CinemaClown 10 films

JR

JR 10 films

James Curtiss

James Curtiss 10 films

Milo

Milo 20 films

Blake Petit

Blake Petit 20 films

Marghe

Marghe 10 films

Jordan Sclater

Jordan Sclater 10 films

Wade McCormick

Wade McCormick 10 films

Bradley Porter

Bradley Porter 10 films

Dualy

Dualy 10 films

Gabriel Lewis

Gabriel Lewis 10 films

Sander Dammann

Sander Dammann 10 films

Chris 👻

Chris 👻 15 films

Moepo

Moepo 46 films

Robert Berlin

Robert Berlin 10 films

Syed Mustafa

Syed Mustafa 10 films

Eamon

Eamon 10 films

Alex

Alex 10 films

Xavier

Xavier 50 films

John

John 10 films

Buboven

Buboven 45 films

Kyle Bailey

Kyle Bailey 30 films

NoLifeLynzee

NoLifeLynzee 10 films

VladimirVader

VladimirVader 10 films

Gino

Gino 10 films

Dan Seamans

Dan Seamans 13 films

Pete

Pete 25 films

NPscope

NPscope 10 films

Lise

Lise 39 films

Kurtis

Kurtis 10 films

Conor Wade

Conor Wade 10 films

Shane Barlow

Shane Barlow 10 films

Ben Hibburd

Ben Hibburd 10 films

Gabriel Jewett

Gabriel Jewett 10 films

Kyle

Kyle 11 films

Darren Fx

Darren Fx 10 films

Luis_989

Luis_989 65 films

Jared

Jared 6 films

Todd:

Todd: 10 films

Pyewacket

Pyewacket 11 films

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell 10 films

Beeeeeees

Beeeeeees 10 films

Ben Harman

Ben Harman 10 films

Sean

Sean 10 films

TajLV

TajLV 10 films

alfonsina

alfonsina 13 films

Joe Horwath

Joe Horwath 55 films

Wayne Little

Wayne Little 10 films

rickmasters

rickmasters 10 films

Joe Maben

Joe Maben 24 films

Dirk Senger

Dirk Senger 10 films

kierstonwoodley

kierstonwoodley 25 films

Jay_Toso

Jay_Toso 10 films

Paz Deadnight

Paz Deadnight 10 films

Cafu_brate

Cafu_brate 10 films

Manas Mishra

Manas Mishra 10 films

noah

noah 37 films

lucía

lucía 16 films

Ian

Ian 10 films

Skye

Skye 10 films

Bruno Viana

Bruno Viana 20 films

Josh Lamb

Josh Lamb 10 films

Ines

Ines 10 films

Captain Howdy

Captain Howdy 7 films