Cinema is a visual medium. A way to tell stories through a combination of visuals and sound, through script and direction, and the manipulation of the editing. Some films are emotionally crushing, involving, gripping. Some are audio-visual sensory overloads. Directors can opt for a simple naturalistic approach and focus on a sense of involving and gritty realism. Others can create fantasy worlds or heightened realities. You could look at certain directors, say Terrence Malick for example, who often opted to shoot with a sense of reality, but also with a love of things like magic hour shooting.
Still, sometimes it could be at the expense of substance, but some films are visually resplendent. I’d honestly struggle to narrow things down to a condensed list, but regardless, this is a celebration of cinema’s ability to take a camera and create images that,