Top Cinematographers / Directors of Photography on my Top 1000 Movies listby 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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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)
Cinematographer | Slumdog Millionaire
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Cinematographer | Drive
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
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
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
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
Cinematographer | Paranoid Park
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
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
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)
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
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