The Most Beautiful Films Ever

The most visually engaging movies I have seen
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1.
Ran (1985)
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In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Because of that feeling you get when you stand near the ledge of some precipice and sense that you've reached the end of the world. ” - filiusd99993
 
2.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Every frame is an impressionist painting. No exceptions. ” - filiusd99993
 
3.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
“ I think this film is more effective visually than Black Narcissus simply because the back drops are only used on the stage... they're not used in place of real landscapes. ” - filiusd99993
 
4.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ John Ford. Technicolor. VisaVision. That is all. ” - filiusd99993
 
5.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
6.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)
 
7.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Take me to the river... ” - filiusd99993
 
8.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ The plot advances so slowly, characters are flat, and it's filled with a lot of obnoxious narration... But the photography nearly makes up for those flaws. ” - filiusd99993
 
9.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ You'll know why when you see it. ” - filiusd99993
 
10.
Kagemusha (1980)
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
11.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Influenced the aesthetic of an entire genre... and still there has not been a better science fiction film made. ” - filiusd99993
 
12.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
13.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
14.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
15.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
“ I'm of the opinion the Vittorio Storato is the greatest cinematographer of all time. ” - filiusd99993
 
16.
The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
17.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ I wonder why all of Robert Bolt's screenplays are always so beautifully photographed. ” - filiusd99993
 
18.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ That one tracking shot... you know the one. ” - filiusd99993
 
19.
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Obligatory. ” - filiusd99993
 
20.
Brazil (1985)
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
21.
Tess (1979)
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men. (186 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ I love Polanski. And I love Thomas Hardy... and this is a decent adaptation. The cinematography makes up for the lead actress's weaknesses. ” - filiusd99993
 
22.
Great Expectations (1946)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
23.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Zhang Yimou. Need I say more? ” - filiusd99993
 
24.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ In my opinion the greatest film ever made. Under-appreciated and above all, gorgeous. ” - filiusd99993
 
25.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
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In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Jean Renoir is never very "in your face" with his visuals... but they still manage to capture the electricity of Gabin's intensity so very well. Also, trains. ” - filiusd99993