Top 50 most visually beautiful movies ever made.

by SeaHorseMafia | created - 02 Apr 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Movies with the most beautiful cinematography, art-direction and over-all use of colors and camera composition. Personal preference, in some kind of order. Honorable mentions: Sunshine I Killed My Mother The Treasure of Sierra Madre Leaving Las Vegas The Maltese Falcon The 400 Blow Blue Velvet Collateral Red Shoes La Grande Illusion Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Fantasia (I'm not a huge Disney fan, but this is a beautiful film) 12 Years a Slave Her Naked Lunch Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis After Hours (the Scorsese film) Inherent Vice La Notte Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Blade Runner Blade Runner 2049 Mommy (Xavier Dolan) It Follows Persepolis Manhattan The Revenant Double Life of Veronique Holy Motors The Witch The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dunkirk

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1. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

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.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 44,149

If you could describe this movie with one word, it would be: beautiful. Mind-blowing, astonishing and visual poetry would also be acceptable.

Malick shoots landscape better than John Ford, IMO of course. A lot of wide shots, but also some energetic, hand-held camera as well. The cinematography sets the mood for this film and I love how the cinematography represents the mood and atmosphere of the movie. I think the soundtrack helps some what to the imagery in this, it helps with the haunting atmosphere that Malick wanted. If you don't know what does the "magic hour" mean, watch this movie. Most of it was shot during the magic hour, so how can't you get a beautiful movie... I know it's cliche to put this as you number 1, but the people who say that this is the most beautiful movie ever made, are not wrong.

2. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 3,575

The camera movements in this film are so gorgeous, especially the first brothel scene. You can see how influential this was.

3. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 56,048

Would be number 1, but here and there you can see some of that low budget stuff. Still mind-blowingly beautiful, the desert hasn't looked so haunting since Lawrence of Arabia. There are so many great shots, first one comes to mind is a shot of Kit (Martin Sheen) in the desert with his shotgun and it's not night, but the sun is coming down and you can see the moon behind him. I heard that it was a "stolen shot", a stolen shot means when a director shoots something without a cinematographer. But still that was excellent. Malick showed that you can make a movie with excellent cinematography, with a low-budget.

4. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 256,133 | Gross: $29.20M

Chinatown is how a noir should look. Well, how a neo-noir should look. It's like a classic film-noir look, burning in the California sun. Wonderful use of shadows and, IMO, the best period piece ever made. The set design, costumes and over-all look really do feel authentic. There isn't a bad shot in the film, simply as that, not mainly beautiful, but the look helps to capture the film-noir feel and the melancholy atmosphere.

5. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 19,867

6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 232,146 | Gross: $44.82M

The cinematography makes this movie so good as it is. One word to describe the whole film, simply is: beautiful. The desert has never looked as haunting and beautiful, the sun never looked so powerful, no film before this has looked so epic. Beautiful use of 70mm, and it wasn't converted into 70mm, it was shot with 70mm, not 35mm, so I don't know, maybe that's why it's so hypnotic and beautiful. I think Lean was, like T.E Lawrence, obsessed by the desert, the empty, huge and hot desert. And you can really see that in this film. One of the most beautiful shots in cinematic history is in this film, the sunrise. Maybe the most most famous scene in this film, is when the sunrises and the music slowly builds in that.

7. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 21,884

This is probably one of the greatest films ever made so do yourself a favor and check this out, if you haven't already.

8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A space-opera spanning the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars, 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of the Black Monolith, humanity's evolution and the rise of A.I.'s ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 518,146 | Gross: $56.95M

9. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 73,067

10. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 29,975

11. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 126,464

Barry Lyndon looks a like a 1700/1800 painting, every shot feels like a painting, it moves like a painting. Everybody knows that they used a lot of natural lighting and candle light, so they had to make a lens that would allow to shoot in such low lighting. And it shows in the movie, non of the shots look like they were set-up, it really feels authentic.

12. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara

Votes: 29,689 | Gross: $0.06M

One word: mindfck. Beautifully shot, wonderful set-pieces and just great use of colors and sets.

13. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 99,998 | Gross: $2.73M

I know, I know, everybody always says that this film has some striking visual beauty, but they are not wrong, at all. This film really shows the emotions of the characters by visuals. The use of colors and over-all camera compositions create moods, create the atmosphere and the pace. Simply beautiful.

14. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 6,713 | Gross: $0.44M

One of the most underrated film ever made, not many people have seen this, but trust me, it's well worth it. The use of color is so beautiful.

15. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 138,562 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 170,646 | Gross: $9.93M

17. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 145 min | Drama

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément

Votes: 69,884 | Gross: $2.18M

18. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 125,621 | Gross: $16.38M

Shared with There Will Be Blood

The Master is just hypnotic in every sense, especially in cinematography. The camera composition, the surreal feel, period detailing and intense close ups create most of the mood for this. It captures the post-war world perfectly, some-what confused and cold. I love how Anderson shot the scene where Freddy Quell runs in the fields escaping some people.

19. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 137,833 | Gross: $0.45M

20. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 49,873 | Gross: $0.60M

Another visual masterpiece by Kar Wai Wong. The film blew me away on many levels, especially visually. The motion and the explosion of colors shows the emotion and mood of the films characters. Amazing.

21. Port of Shadows (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

Votes: 7,136 | Gross: $0.03M

22. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 661,481

23. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 95,469 | Gross: $3.52M

24. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 152,763 | Gross: $13.30M

Kinda cheating putting 3 Malick movies in here, but when it comes to visual beauty, Malick is the king.

25. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 71,838 | Gross: $2.12M

26. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 55,576 | Gross: $0.06M

27. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 260,056 | Gross: $5.32M

Or really any Sergio Leone film.

28. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 36,979 | Gross: $0.75M

One of the most beautifully shot films about urban life. I love how Fellini shot Rome in the night, street lights have never looked so beautiful.

29. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 23,438

30. Hausu (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 15,352

31. Carmen (I) (1983)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía, Marisol

Votes: 2,604

You really see the passion that Saura has for flamengo in this movie. Most of the movie is just dancing. The editing, camera composition and lightning in those scenes are perfect. Like flamengo, this film is just pure passion and emotion. Love the sweeping shots and wide shots.

32. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 526,622 | Gross: $83.47M

33. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 51,178 | Gross: $2.28M

Maybe you call it cheating putting an animated movie here. I kinda see where people are coming from, it's more easier to draw beautiful pictures than actually film them. True, but it can also be vice versa. It's only matter of talent. Anyways, how the movie gains the emotion from surreal images is quite brilliant. The dream-sequences are one of the finest animated images I have seen. Call it a weird style, but I like it.

34. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 277,189 | Gross: $23.38M

The scene where LaMotta takes the beating (I believe it was Sugar Ray Robinson, but I'm not sure) against the ropes is perfect in every sense.

35. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 17,128 | Gross: $0.14M

36. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 35,186 | Gross: $13.75M

Btw, the poster is sh*t. The use of color and the sleazy feel of it really makes the film so good. I especially love the scene where Travolta finds out all of his tapes are erased, that shot is perfection. Really captures the sleazy feel and the dark and sometimes ugly look of New York (or at least I think it was New York)...

37. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 527,479 | Gross: $10.06M

38. Only God Forgives (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown

Votes: 97,498 | Gross: $0.78M

Say what you want about it, but it was amazing visually.

39. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 70,888

40. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 121,667 | Gross: $0.03M

Though made in 1931, there is so much innovative use of camera in this movie. While Citizen Kane is noted as the that "created" camera tricks and modern cinematography, somehow I think Orson Welles saw this movie and took some inspiration. This and Rules of the Game, by Jean Renoir...

41. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 437,837 | Gross: $0.71M

42. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 9,969

The fashion show sequence says it all.

43. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 236,405 | Gross: $10.68M

44. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 44,894

Also including Fitzcarraldo. Both were shot in the Amazons and both are Herzog's...

45. Persona (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 82,069

46. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 41,184 | Gross: $1.09M

I especially loved every epic landscape shot here, the shadows of the mountains reminded me of Ansel Adams' work and the blue/grey color palette worked beautifully.

47. Days of Being Wild (1990)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

96 Metascore

A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau

Votes: 14,781 | Gross: $0.14M

Unlike Kar Wai Wong's In The Mood For Love (earlier on this list), this one has a lot more Hong Kong crime movie feel with it's fast moving tracking shots, however it uses that technique brilliantly and combining that with the original, impressionistic use of colors, together creating a unique atmosphere.

48. Caché (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 64,242 | Gross: $3.63M

Haneke's work may not be beautiful (cinematography-wise), but they are great technically. His precise framing and editing may not make his films visually bold, but they are an absolute master-class.

49. Letter Never Sent (1960)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Tatyana Samoylova, Vasiliy Livanov, Evgeniy Urbanskiy

Votes: 2,450

I wanted to add this to the list, not only do I think the high contrast black/white cinematography is gorgeous, but also because it's pretty obscure. Not like in a "haha, I know this, I bet you don't" way, but more like "hey, check this out" way. It's a 1960 Soviet film about scientist trying to find diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia and then *beep* happens. It's a wonderful piece of cinema with just amazing visual power, especially the silhouette scenes and the hand held shots.

50. Mne dvadtsat let (1965)

189 min | Drama