Many films are well shot.
Few are uniquely creative and beautiful.
And even less look beyond breathtaking.
There are films with outstanding scenes.
And there are films where literally every single frame is like a painting.
Where composition, framing, lighting, colors create something only possible with moving images.
Cinematography that advance the medium.
To clarify: I haven’t included classically great shot movies like Heat, Se7en. Apocalypse Now and hundreds more.
I clipped all cinemascope movies to 2:40 with 4:3 and 16:9 movies having black bars.
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Macbeth, 2046, Hero, Domino, The Matrix, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Punch Drunk Love, Mother of George, Blade Runner, Moon, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Better Angels, Black Swan, Enter the Void, Anna Karenina, Armageddon, Mad Max Fury Road, Spring Breakers, The Fall, 300, Sucker Punch, Slumdog Millionaire, Trance, The Neon Demon, Stay, Sunshine, Godzilla, Road to Perdition, Beyond the Black Rainbow, The Island, Dark City, Only God Forgives, Drive, The Fountain, Neotpravlennoe pismo, Moulin Rouge, Book of Eli, To The Wonder, Powder Blue, The Tree of Life, Utopia (Series), The Night of the Hunter, Mr Nobody, Breaking Bad (Series), Lost River, Man on Fire, My Blueberry Nights, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A Single Man, The Hunger, Suspiria, What Dreams May Come, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mr. Robot (Series), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Unfortunately missing in the montage: The Passion