Film Art and Cinematography : What movies are the best, Visually?

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My personal visual favorites are
Citizen Kane
Shaun Of The Dead
Hot Fuzz
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Run, Lola, Run
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Pan's Labyrinth

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Manhunter - Dante spinotti awesome night shots

Alien 3 - good lighting and some great steady cam

Bound - inventive noir style camerawork

Saving Private - practically invented shakeycam

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Cinematography-Wise

Pans Labyrinth
Y tu Mama Tambien
Children of Men
Amores Perros
The Sweet Hereafter
Let The Right One in
Army of Shadows
The Host
City of God
Oldboy
Inception
The Silence of the Lambs
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Hero

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Chungkign Express
Marie Antoinette
In the Mood for Love
Lost in Translation
Badlands
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Contempt
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Virgin Suicides

All of which combine music and imagery beautifully.

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Harakiri (1962)

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All Lynch films, are at the very least visually impressive.

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Metropolis (1927)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Third Man (1949)
Shichinin no Samurai (1954)
The Godfather Part II (1972)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Blade Runner (1982)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Ran (1985)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Fall (2006)

Ones I haven't gotten around to seeing yet that I've heard are quite beautiful:

Il Gattopardo (1963)
Il Conformista (1970)
Solyaris (1972)
Kagemusha (1980)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Baraka (1992)


Now, where was I?

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First of all, I cannot believe only one person mentioned the fall, that film is so underrated but out of all the people I know who have seen it, they all love it. Anyways here's my list. For all these films..I think just watching the first few minutes of it is enough to be amazed.

THE FALL http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460791/
BARAKA http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103767/
HOME http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014762/
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346156/
MILLENNIUM ACTRESS http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291350/

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I cannot believe only one person mentioned the fall, that film is so underrated but out of all the people I know who have seen it, they all love it.

I definitely don't "love" 'The Fall'. To me this film feels completely artificial. It is visually impressive, I agree. But more because of the sets and costumes in the fantasy parts, not because of camera movements or picture composition. I would never add it to my canon of visually best films.

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"Best" visually: As in the clearest image?

Or "best" visually, in the sense that the visuals most intensely draw you into the story?


These are the films that "most intensely draw [me] into the story".

Indeed, visual and musical tone probably is my most important criterion in judging any film. And most of the listed titles would be in my all-time top 50 to 100 films.

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Havent read anyone elses replies but the most visually stunning film i have ever seen & i reccomend (to get the full perfect HD expeiriance)is the fall 2006on blu ray
honestly looks amazing really shows how great HD is & its a pretty good film to boot also jennifer lopez film called the cell(2000) again beautiful vissually however the story not as good as the fall

hope this helps let me know how you get on!!

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Sin City
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Probably going to get totally slammed here lol, but a film that i watch for the visuals alone is The Cell. I really wish it hadn't have been a J-Lo vehicle but, I think it looks amazing.

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I've recently seen Heat again and I completely forgot how beautiful the cinematography is.

The icy blue collors, the shots of L.A. in the night and even the rest. Just amazing work.


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It's mostly a matter of personal taste and a lot has already been mentioned, but here goes.

Absolute fave is Blade Runner- It's just beautiful. The colors, the feeling. Spot on. Vangelis of course has to be mentioned for the score. I often listen to it when laying in bed and just let my mind wander of. (If that is a correct way to say it?)

Second is LOTR. All of them. Including Howard Shore's score.

A Clockwork Orange.

Sleepy Hollow. Oh and the Score for Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman .. Well and the movie.

Brazil, Tideland, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Anything by Terry Gilliam really.


Now, I haven't seen The Mission, but I love The Score by Ennio Morricone - which of course leads me to The Good, the bad and the ugly as well.


To find more I would have to dig into my movie collection, these just came to me on their own.




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There are a shocking amount of people who aren't mentioning the Star Wars saga on this thread. Those are very near the top for me.

Other than that...

-The Fall
-Scott, esp. Blade Runner and Kingdom of Heaven
-Kubrick, esp. Eyes Wide Shut and Clockwork Orange for me
-Spielberg, esp. Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters, A.I., and Minority Report. Oh, and War of the Worlds
-Gilliam, esp. Brazi
-Malick, esp. Tree of Life
-Mann, esp. Heat and The Insider
-The Ghost Writer
-Hanna
-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
-Children of Men
-Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth
-Watchmen
-Sweeney Todd, Big Fish
-Moon

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Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life

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What movies are the best, Visually?


Here are my choices ... by decade:
(not too knowledgeable about long-ago decades)

1940s:
Citizen Kane
Casablanca
The Third Man


1950s:
The Night Of The Hunter
Forbidden Planet
Journey To The Center Of The Earth


1960s:
2001: A Space Odyssey
For A Few Dollars More
In Cold Blood
(film director used the interiors of the house wherein the real-life murders took place)
Robinson Crusoe On Mars
Psycho


1970s:
Suspiria (most of the films directed by Dario Argento, of which Suspiria is probably the best, visually)
Deep Red (Argento)
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (Argento)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
The Last Picture Show
Badlands
Fata Morgana
(Herzog)
The Rose
The Towering Inferno
Zabriskie Point


1980s:
Paris, Texas

1990s:
JFK
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


2000s
The Tracker
The Motorcycle Diaries
Gerry
Touching The Void
(stunning visual perspective)
Pan's Labyrinth
City Of God


Lech


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Eyes Wide Shut. Goodfellas. The Exorcist. Psycho. Vertigo. The Godfather. Taxi Driver.

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but whenever anyone brings up the topic of most visually beautiful film, I always think of What Dreams May Come (1997) with Robin Williams.

While it is by no means near the top of my list of most watched movies, parts of it look like I would imagine heaven!

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Papillon, Lawrence of Arabia, The Big Country.

More recently, Pearl Harbour had awesome cinamatography and overall production values but got hammered because of it's cheesy script.

The only movies with lot's of CGI that still looked visually impressive I thought were parts 2 and 3 of The Matrix trilogy.


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The films that stick out for me visually are:

GATTACA
Pan's Labyrinth
Blade Runner
The Matrix
TRON: Legacy
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (both the English and Swedish version)
The English Patient
A Single Man
Evening
Dark Knight Saga
Minority Report
The Social Network
Black Swan
Titanic
Water for Elephants
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Hugo

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Your notion of "best visually" seems very narrow given your examples.

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I wanna throw out a 3D film while you're still possibly able to see it in theatres: Prometheus; used 3D to great effect. The only other film I can remember being worth watching in 3D is Adventures of Tin Tin ( transformers 3 also had great visuals and Avatar looked great, but is more unbearable to watch then the others.

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Moonrise Kingdom was shot in the style of a story book. Interesting. I'm happy it was done. But boring.

But should have been done, and was, and I'm happy that it was done.

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Spielberg's E.T., which is the best use of the moon, and sun.

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I love Adrian lynes movies. That hazy white textured look he achieves great light and not mentioning style , apartments clothes actors. My favorite is "foxes" the early morning shots of La in the 80's is stunning.

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Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959, Truffaut)
Le Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928, Dreyer)
The Mirror (1975, Tarkovski)
Stalker (1979, Tarkovski)
Ran (1985, Kurosawa)
The Color of Paradise (1999, Majidi)

Let's face it, Avatar seen on HD is a wonderful visual experience.

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I agree with your other choices, but 400 Blows isn't particularly visually appealing to me.

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I guess I may have a special care for this movie particularly.

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Jezebel
Laura
Leave Her to Heaven
Gone with the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Psycho
Raging Bull
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Elephant Man
Notoroius
Rebecca
Gangs of New York
The Aviator
There Will Be Blood
Glory
It's a Wonderful Life
All About Eve
Manhattan
The Godfather
Peyton Place
Singin in the Rain
Chicago
A Clockwork Orange
Coal Miner's Daughter

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Once Upon A Time In The West - The Good The Bad And The Ugly - Barry Lyndon - Odd Man Out - The Narrow Margin (1952) - Crime Wave - The Crooked Way - Crossfire - The Killers - Night And The City - Touch Of Evil - The Fall - Dark City (1998) - Bad Day At Black Rock - 3 Godfathers - Red River - The Sheltering Sky

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Skyfall

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I dunno which one has been mentioned and which one hasn't, so I'll just fire away:

Faust(1926)
Vampyr (1932)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Rashomon (1950)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Mon Oncle (1958)
The Innocents (1961)
Kwaidan (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
Suna no Onna (1964)
8 1/2 (1964)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
Persona (1966)
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1967)
Vargtimmen (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Bay of Blood (1971)
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Bring Me The Head of Alfred Garcia (1974)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Schock (1977)
Suspiria (1977)
Amadeus (1984)
Brazil (1985)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Delicatessen (1991)
La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
A Heart In Winter (1992)
Leon (1994)
City of Lost Children (1995)
Underground (1995)
Central Station (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Amélie (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Volver (2006)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Room In Rome (2010)
Stake Land (2010)
Confessions (2010)
The Skin I Live In (2011)

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Anything David Lean, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott directed.

Their movies are visually immaculate, superb, beautiful to look at.

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For me ''2001: A Space Oddyssey'', ''Otto e Mezzo'' and ''Knife in the Water'' are on top.

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Being an artistic type cinematography is important to me in movies. I like to see good movies that looks stylized, have special effects, or beautifully shot. And I like to check out the movies of directors that are known for the artistic visuals like Tarsem, Zack Snyder and Ang Lee. Some movies I like the cinematography are:

1) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (great story and beautiful visuals and directed by Ang Lee. Still my most favorite movie)
2) "300". I cared more about the stylized visuals than the story. Directed by Zack Snyder. I wasn't into Superman franchise, but wanna see upcoming "Man of steel" just cause he directed it, and it looks like it will be more interesting.
3) House of Flying Daggers
4) The Cell. Directed by Tarsem. He made even the gory aspects Visually stunning.
5) Immortals. Directed by Tarsem
6) The Fall. Directed by Tarsem
7) Pans Labyrinth - directed by Guillermo Del Toro
8) Avatar
9) Thor - I love the visuals when in the Asgard world
10) A Beautiful Mind
11) Titanic
12) Last of the Mohicans
13) Total Recall (2012)
14) The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
15) Star Wars: Episode 1 - Phantom menace. Episode 2 - Attack of the clones. Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith

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If you want one that is "natural" then the best director to go to is Werner Herzog. His landscape shots are to die for. Cinematically speaking, I hold deep respect for this man.

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Lord of the Rings

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Requiem For A Dream
Minority Report
Avatar
Sunshine
2001 A Space Odyssey
Inception
Fight Club
Schindler's List
The Lion King
Hugo
Raging Bull
Apocalypse Now
Road To Peridition
Skyfall
Saving Private Ryan
Jurrasic Park
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
There Will Be Blood
The Matrix
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
No Country For Old Men

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Middle Earth looks just as stunning as it's described in the book. Howard Shore's score is a treat to listen to as well, in all honesty I think Peter Jacskon and his team did a great job developing Tolkien's books to the big screen. The Lord of the Rings is by far the most visually gorgeous film I've ever seen. Plus it has great characters and epic battle scenes, making it 100 percent awesome.

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All the Kusturica's movies(Arizona dream,Time of the gypsies,Black cat,white cat,Underground,Life is a miracle),Lars von Trier movies (Dancer in the dark,Breaking the waves,Dogville),Almodovar(Talk to her,Bad education,All about my mother,Volver)Fellini(Nights of Cabiria,Amarcord,La dolce vita),Inarritu(Amores Perros,21 grams,Babel),Gilliam(The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,Fear and loathing in Las Vegas).

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There is a clip of Fata Morgana (1971) that is just a 3 minute scroll over the Sahara Dessert. Its the one of the greatest shots I've ever seen.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has some of the best cinematography i've ever seen in a film. Roger Deakins' best IMO. It's beautifully shot with fantastic landscape photography, great art direction, and edited perfectly to Nick Cave. One of my favorites and really underrated.

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1. The Phantom Lover (1995)
2. Paranoiac (1963)
3. Miller's Crossing (1990)
4. The Big Lebowski (1998)
5. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
6. Finding Neverland (2004)
7. The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
8. Casablanca (1942)
9. Ladies in Lavender (2004)
10. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
12. Hook (1991)
13. Alice in Wonderland (1985)
14. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
15. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
17. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
18. Big Fish (2003)
19. Peter Pan (2003)
20. Cliffhanger (1993)
21. Hidden Agenda (1999)
22. Solo (2013/I)
23. Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer (1993)
24. Hide and Seek (2005)
25. The Sentinel (1977)

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