Top Cinematographers / Directors of Photography on my Top 1000 Movies list

by Heksa6 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

List order: most works per cinematographer / director of photography. Secondary order: alphabetical. Qualification requirements: at least 5 film titles.

In similar fashion as with my Top Directors on my Top 1000 Movies list and my Top Film Editors on my Top 1000 Movies list, this ranking only grants that these cinematographers are good and employed often (with some old partner. Compare this list with my Top Directors list). I'm not saying anything about "who's the best", who's the second and so on. This only gives some general idea / an overview.

1. Roger Deakins

Cinematographer | Skyfall

Roger Deakins is an English cinematographer best known for his work on the films of the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve.

He is a member of both the American and British Society of Cinematographers.

Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 22 1984, A Beautiful Mind, Barton Fink, Blade Runner 2049, Doubt, Fargo, House of Sand and Fog, In the Valley of Elah, No Country for Old Men; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Prisoners, Revolutionary Road, Sicario, Skyfall, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Big Lebowski, The Hurricane, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Reader, The Shawshank Redemption, True Grit (2010), Unbroken

2. Robert Richardson

Cinematographer | Inglourious Basterds

Robert Richardson an American cinematographer. He is best known for work with Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone.

He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004), and Hugo (2011). He is one of three living persons who...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 16 Born on the Fourth of July, Casino, Django Unchained, Heaven & Earth, Hugo, Inglourious Basterds, JFK, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Nixon, Platoon, Shutter Island, The Aviator, The Doors, The Hateful Eight, Wall Street

3. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | Schindler's List

Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

His ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 13 Artificial Intelligence: AI, Amistad, Bridge of Spies, Catch Me If You Can, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Lincoln, Minority Report, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Post, War Horse, War of the Worlds (2005)

4. Don Burgess

Cinematographer | Forrest Gump

Don Burgess was born on May 28, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Don Michael Burgess. He is known for his work on Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997) and Cast Away (2000). He has been married to Bonnie Ann Burgess since December 4, 1982. They have three children.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 11 42, Cast Away, Contact, Eight Below, Flight, Forrest Gump, Source Code, Spider-Man, The Muppets, What Lies Beneath, Wonder

5. Tom Stern

Cinematographer | Changeling

Tom Stern was born on December 16, 1946 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Thomas Evans Stern. He is known for his work on Changeling (2008), Flags of our Fathers (2006) and Mystic River (2003). He was previously married to Françoise Combadière.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 11 American Sniper, Changeling, Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino, Hereafter, Invictus, J. Edgar, Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Things We Lost in the Fire

6. Robert Elswit

Cinematographer | There Will Be Blood

Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014).

Elswit frequently works with director ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 10 8MM, Boogie Nights, Heist, Magnolia, Michael Clayton, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Nightcrawler, Punch-Drunk Love, The Town, There Will Be Blood

7. John Toll

Cinematographer | Braveheart

John Toll is an American cinematographer. His filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively.

He has ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 10 Almost Famous, Braveheart, Cloud Atlas, Gone Baby Gone, It's Complicated, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, The Thin Red Line, Tropic Thunder, Vanilla Sky

8. Robert D. Yeoman

Cinematographer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Robert D. Yeoman was born on March 10, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert David Yeoman. He is known for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 10 Bridesmaids, Love & Mercy, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Squid and the Whale, Yes Man

9. Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Goodfellas

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 9 Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, Guilty by Suspicion, Outbreak, Quiz Show, Something's Gotta Give, The Color of Money, The Departed, What About Bob?

10. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Children of Men

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks (1993), which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 9 A Series of Unfortunate Events, Ali, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Burn After Reading, Children of Men, Meet Joe Black, Sleepy Hollow, The Revenant, Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too)

11. Anthony Dod Mantle

Cinematographer | Slumdog Millionaire

Anthony Dod Mantle was born on April 14, 1955 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He is known for his work on Slumdog Millionaire (2008), 127 Hours (2010) and Antichrist (2009).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 9 28 Days Later..., Antichrist, Dogville, Dredd, Manderlay, Rush, Slumdog Millionaire, T2 Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland

12. Wally Pfister

Cinematographer | Inception

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 9 Batman Begins, Inception, Insomnia, Memento, Moneyball, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Italian Job, The Prestige

13. Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer | Brokeback Mountain

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).

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Movies on my Top 1000 list: 9 21 Grams, 25th Hour, 8 Mile, Amores Perros, Argo, Babel, Silence, The Homesman, The Wolf of Wall Street

14. Chris Menges

Cinematographer | The Killing Fields

Chris Menges was born on September 15, 1940 in Kington, Herefordshire, England as Christopher J. Menges. He is known for his work on The Killing Fields (1984), Michael Collins (1996) and The Mission (1986).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 8 Michael Collins, North Country, Notes on a Scandal, The Boxer, The Killing Fields, The Mission, The Reader, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

15. Dean Cundey

Cinematographer | Jurassic Park

Dean Cundey reigns supreme as one of the best, most prolific, and talented cinematographers to ever grace celluloid with his often striking and accomplished photography. Cundey was born on March 12th, 1946, in Alhambra, California. One of his hobbies during his elementary school days was building ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 Apollo 13, Back to the Future, Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween, The Holiday, The Thing, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

16. Andrew Lesnie

Cinematographer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Andrew Lesnie was born on January 1, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), King Kong (2005) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). He died on April 27, 2015 in Sydney.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 King Kong (2005), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

17. Matthew Libatique

Cinematographer | Black Swan

Matthew Libatique was born on July 19, 1968 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Matthew J. Libatique. He is known for his work on Black Swan (2010), Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Pi (1998). He was previously married to Magela Crosignani.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 Black Swan, Inside Man, Iron Man, Phone Booth, Requiem for a Dream, Straight Outta Compton, The Fountain

18. John Mathieson

Cinematographer | Gladiator

John Mathieson came up through the traditional camera ranks and worked as an assistant to Gabriel Beristáin for several years. Mathieson was first recognized for his work on the music video "Peek-A-Boo" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 Gladiator, K-PAX, Kingdom of Heaven, Logan, Matchstick Men, Robin Hood (2010), X-Men: First Class

19. Seamus McGarvey

Cinematographer | Atonement

Seamus McGarvey BSC, born 29 June 1967 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is an Irish cinematographer who began his career as a still photographer before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London. Upon graduating in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries, including ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 Atonement, Nocturnal Animals, The Avengers, The Greatest Showman, The Hours, The Soloist, We Need to Talk About Kevin

20. Philippe Rousselot

Cinematographer | Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Philippe Rousselot was born on September 4, 1945 in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), A River Runs Through It (1992) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 7 A River Runs Through It, Antwone Fisher, Big Fish, Constantine, Remember the Titans, The Great Debaters, The People vs. Larry Flynt

21. Dion Beebe

Cinematographer | Memoirs of a Geisha

Dion Beebe is an Australian-South African cinematographer. He is best known for his collaboration with Rob Marshall in the films Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Nine (2009), Into the Woods (2014) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018);

Beebe also worked with Michael Mann in Collateral (2004) ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 13 Hours, Chicago, Collateral, Edge of Tomorrow, Equilibrium, Memoirs of a Geisha

22. Peter Deming

Cinematographer | Twin Peaks

Peter Deming was born on December 13, 1957 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is known for his work on Twin Peaks (2017), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and Mulholland Dr. (2001).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 From Hell, I Heart Huckabees, Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr., My Cousin Vinny, The Jacket

23. Frederick Elmes

Cinematographer | Blue Velvet

Frederick Elmes was born on November 4, 1946 in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990) and Night on Earth (1991).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Blue Velvet, Broken Flowers, Kinsey, Paterson; Synecdoche, New York; The Namesake

24. Robert Fraisse

Cinematographer | Enemy at the Gates

Robert Fraisse was born in 1940 in Paris, France. He is known for his work on Enemy at the Gates (2001), Ronin (1998) and Babylon A.D. (2008).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Enemy at the Gates, Hotel Rwanda, Luther, Ronin, Seven Years in Tibet, The Notebook

25. Conrad L. Hall

Cinematographer | Road to Perdition

Born in Tahiti, the son of writer James Norman Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty," Conrad Hall studied filmmaking at USC. He and two classmates formed a production company and sold a project to a local television station. Hall's company branched out into making industrial films and TV ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 American Beauty, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, In Cold Blood, Road to Perdition, The Professionals

26. Phedon Papamichael

Cinematographer | Nebraska

Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography.

His...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 3:10 to Yuma, Nebraska, Sideways, The Ides of March, The Pursuit of Happyness, Walk the Line

27. Dick Pope

Cinematographer | The Illusionist

Dick Pope was born in August 1947 in Bromley, Kent, England as Richard Campbell Cope. He is known for his work on The Illusionist (2006), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 All or Nothing, Bernie, Mr. Turner, Nicholas Nickleby, The Illusionist, The Way of the Gun

28. Harris Savides

Cinematographer | Elephant

Harris Savides was born on September 28, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for Elephant (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Milk (2008). He was married to Medine Chenet. He died on October 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 American Gangster, Greenberg, Milk, The Game, Whatever Works, Zodiac

29. John Seale

Cinematographer | Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale was born on October 5, 1942 in Warwick, Queensland, Australia as John Clement Seale. He is known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The English Patient (1996) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Louise Seale since September 23, 1967. They have two children.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Mad Max: Fury Road, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Rain Man, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Witness

30. Newton Thomas Sigel

Cinematographer | Drive

Newton Thomas Sigel was born in 1955. He is known for his work on Drive (2011), Three Kings (1999) and The Usual Suspects (1995). He is married to Lisa Chang.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Drive, Fallen, The Conspirator, The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, X-Men: Days of Future Past

31. Dante Spinotti

Cinematographer | L.A. Confidential

Dante Spinotti was born in Tolmezzo, Udine, in the northeastern Italian Region of Friuli. He began his career at RAI (Italian TV), before that he spent lot of time in Kenia as cinematographer for his uncle. In 1985, producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him a chance to work in USA for the first time ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Heat, L.A. Confidential, Public Enemies (2009), Red Dragon, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans

32. Oliver Wood

Cinematographer | The Bourne Ultimatum

Oliver Wood was born in London, England. He is known for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Face/Off (1997) and Rudy (1993).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 6 Die Hard 2, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum

33. Barry Ackroyd

Cinematographer | The Hurt Locker

Barry Ackroyd was born on May 12, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He is known for his work on The Hurt Locker (2008), Captain Phillips (2013) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Captain Phillips, Detroit, Green Zone, The Big Short, The Hurt Locker

34. John Bailey

Cinematographer | In the Line of Fire

John Bailey was born on August 10, 1942 in Moberly, Missouri, USA as John Ira Bailey. He is known for his work on In the Line of Fire (1993), The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe (1991) and Silverado (1985). He has been married to Carol Littleton since March 11, 1972.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 As Good as It Gets, Groundhog Day, In the Line of Fire, Silverado; The Way, Way Back

35. Tonino Delli Colli

Cinematographer | Der Name der Rose

Tonino Delli Colli was born on November 20, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio Delli Colli. He is known for his work on The Name of the Rose (1986), Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He was married to Alexandra Delli Colli. He died on August 16, 2005 in Rome.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West), Death and the Maiden, Der Name der Rose (The Name of the Rose); Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly); Once Upon a Time in America

36. Ben Davis

Cinematographer | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Guardians of the Galaxy, Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, The Debt; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

37. Jim Denault

Camera_department | Bad Lieutenant

Jim Denault is a cinematographer known for his work in feature films and television. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the American Society of Cinematographers. He received a BFA in still photography from Rochester ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Boys Don't Cry, Freedom Writers, Game Change, Recount, Trumbo

38. Christopher Doyle

Cinematographer | Paranoid Park

Christopher Doyle was born on May 2, 1952 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a cinematographer and actor, known for Paranoid Park (2007), Ying xiong (2002) and 2046 (2004).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 2046, Ah fei zing zyun (Days of Being Wild), Chung Hing sam lam (Chungking Express), Faa yeung nin wa (In the Mood for Love), Ying xiong (Hero)

39. Simon Duggan

Cinematographer | The Great Gatsby

Simon Duggan was born on May 13, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a cinematographer, known for The Great Gatsby (2013), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and I, Robot (2004).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 300: Rise of an Empire, Hacksaw Ridge, Knowing, Live Free or Die Hard, The Great Gatsby (2013)

40. Tak Fujimoto

Cinematographer | The Silence of the Lambs

Tak Fujimoto was born on July 12, 1939 in San Diego, California, USA as Takashi Fujimoto. He is known for his work on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Breach, Signs, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense

41. Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer | Interstellar

Hoyte Van Hoytema was born in Horgen, Switzerland. Van Hoytema is a Dutch-Swedish director of photography known for his work on The Fighter (2010), Her (2013), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017). Van Hoytema always wanted to be a filmmaker, therefore he wished to attend a film school in The ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Dunkirk, Her, Interstellar, The Fighter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

42. Dan Mindel

Cinematographer | Star Trek

Dan Mindel was born on May 27, 1958 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Ivor Daniel Mindel. He is known for his work on Star Trek (2009), The Bourne Identity (2002) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). He is married to Lisa Fallon. They have four children. He was previously married to Paula Hamilton.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Mission: Impossible III, Shanghai Noon, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Skeleton Key

43. Dean Semler

Cinematographer | Apocalypto

Dean Semler was born in 1943 in Renmark, South Australia, Australia as Dean William Semler. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Road Warrior (1981). He is married to Annie Semler.

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Apocalypto, Appaloosa, Dances with Wolves, Get Smart, The Three Musketeers (1993)

44. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Che: Part One, Contagion, Ocean's Eleven, The Informant!, Traffic (all as Peter Andrews)

45. Peter Suschitzky

Cinematographer | Dead Ringers

Peter Suschitzky was born on July 25, 1941 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is known for his work on Dead Ringers (1988), Eastern Promises (2007) and Naked Lunch (1991).

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 A Dangerous Method, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Immortal Beloved, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

46. Gordon Willis

Cinematographer | Zelig

Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He's best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films, as well asWoody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979).

His work on the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography and ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 All the President's Men, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Godfather: Part III, Zelig

47. Dariusz Wolski

Cinematographer | The Martian

Dariusz Wolski is a Polish film and music video cinematographer. He is best known for Crimson Tide (1995), Dark City (1998), the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), The Martian (2015) and All the Money in the World (2017).

Many of his ...

Movies on my Top 1000 list: 5 Eagle Eye, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Prometheus, The Martian, The Walk



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