The 100 best-shot films of all time named by American Society of Cinematographers

‘Society of Cinematographers’ name the 100 greatest films of all time

The American Society of Cinematographers, founded on January 8, 1919, celebrated their 100-year anniversary by naming what they believe to be the best photographed films of the 20th century.

The list, voted for by members of the Cinematography Society, was organised by Cinematographer Steven Fierberg in a bid to showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional directors of photography. 

“I believe that as individuals and also members of the ASC we need to share with the public what influenced and inspired us in our work and our artistry — films we all consider landmarks in our profession,” Fierberg said when the list was released. “It is our hope that the list will help cinematography to be better understood by the public — the audience — [and to showcase] each of us as an artist who is an essential contributor to the magic of cinema,” he added.

The society put their heads together to name what they believe to be the 10 best, most influential and most culturally significant films ever made from a cinematography standpoint. After the top 10, the remaining 90 films have been named without ranking.

“We are trying to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art,” Fierberg added. “We do not presume to call one masterful achievement ‘better’ than another.” 

The 100 best-shot films of all time:

Below, you will find the remaining 100 films—and the cinematographers who worked on the film—as named by the American Society of Cinematographers:

  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Freddie Young
  2. Blade Runner (1982) – Jordan Cronenweth
  3. Apocalypse Now (1979) – Vittorio Storaro 
  4. Citizen Kane(1941) – Gregg Toland
  5. The Godfather (1972) – Gordon Willis
  6. Raging Bull (1980) – Michael Chapman
  7. The Conformist (1970) – Vittorio Storaro
  8. Days of Heaven (1978) – Néstor Almendros
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Geoffrey Unsworth
  10. The French Connection (1971) Owen Roizman
  11. Metropolis (1927) – Karl Freund, Günther Rittau
  12. Napoleon (1927) – Leonce-Henri Burel, Jules Kruger, Joseph-Louis Mundwiller
  13. Sunrise (1927) – Charles Rosher Sr., ASC; Karl Struss
  14. Gone with the Wind (1939) – Ernest Haller
  15. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Harold Rosson
  16. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – Gregg Toland
  17. How Green Was My Valley (1941) – Arthur C. Miller
  18. Casablanca (1942) – Arthur Edeson
  19. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) – Stanley Cortez
  20. Black Narcissus (1947) – Jack Cardiff
  21. The Bicycle Thief (1948) – Carlo Montuori
  22. The Red Shoes (1948) – Jack Cardiff
  23. The Third Man (1949) – Robert Krasker
  24. Rashomon (1950) – Kazuo Miyagawa
  25. Sunset Boulevard (1950) – John Seitz
  26. On the Waterfront (1954) – Boris Kaufman
  27. Seven Samurai (1954) – Asakazu Nakai
  28. The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Stanley Cortez
  29. The Searchers (1956) – Winton C. Hoch
  30. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – Jack HIldyard
  31. Touch of Evil (1958) – Russell Metty, ASC
  32. Vertigo (1958) – Robert Burks
  33. North by Northwest (1959) – Robert Burks
  34. Breathless (1960) – Raoul Coutard
  35. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) – by Sacha Vierny
  36. 8 ½ (1963) – Gianni Di Venanzo
  37. Hud (1963) – James Wong Howe
  38. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Gilbert Taylor
  39. I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba; 1964) – Sergei Urusevsky
  40. Doctor Zhivago (1965) – Freddie Young
  41. The Battle of Algiers (1966) – Marcello Gatti
  42. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – Haskell Wexler
  43. Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Conrad Hall
  44. The Graduate (1967) – Robert Surtees
  45. In Cold Blood (1967) – Conrad Hall
  46. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – Tonino Delli Colli
  47. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Conrad Hall
  48. The Wild Bunch (1969) – Lucien Ballard
  49. A Clockwork Orange (1971) – John Alcott
  50. Klute (1971) – Gordon Willis
  51. The Last Picture Show (1971) – Robert Surtees
  52. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) – Vilmos Zsigmond
  53. Cabaret (1972) – Geoffery Unsworth
  54. Last Tango in Paris (1972) – Vittorio Storaro
  55. The Exorcist (1973) – Owen Roizman
  56. Chinatown (1974) – John A. Alonzo
  57. The Godfather: Part II (1974) – Gordon Willis
  58. Barry Lyndon (1975) – John Alcott
  59. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Haskell Wexler
  60. All the President’s Men (1976) – Gordon Willis
  61. Taxi Driver (1976) – Michael Chapman
  62. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Vilmos Zsigmond
  63. The Duellists (1977) – Frank Tidy
  64. The Deer Hunter (1978) – Vilmos Zsigmond
  65. Alien (1979) – Derek Vanlint
  66. All that Jazz (1979) – Giuseppe Rotunno
  67. Being There (1979) – Caleb Deschanel
  68. The Black Stallion (1979) – Caleb Deschanel
  69. Manhattan (1979) – Gordon Willis
  70. The Shining (1980) – John Alcott
  71. Chariots of Fire (1981) – David Watkin
  72. Das Boot (1981) – Jost Vacano
  73. Reds (1981) – Vittorio Storaro
  74. Fanny and Alexander (1982) – Sven Nykvist
  75. The Right Stuff (1983) – Caleb Deschanel
  76. Amadeus (1984) – Miroslav Ondricek
  77. The Natural (1984) – Caleb Deschanel
  78. Paris, Texas (1984) – Robby Müller
  79. Brazil (1985) – Roger Pratt
  80. The Mission (1986) – Chris Menges
  81. Empire of the Sun (1987) – Allen Daviau
  82. The Last Emperor (1987) – Vittorio Storaro
  83. Wings of Desire (1987) – Henri Alekan
  84. Mississippi Burning (1988) – Peter Biziou
  85. JFK (1991) – Robert Richardson
  86. Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Fei Zhao
  87. Unforgiven (1992) – Jack Green
  88. Baraka (1992) – Ron Fricke
  89. Schindler’s List (1993) – Janusz Kaminski
  90. Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993) – Conrad Hall
  91. Trois Coulieurs: Bleu (Three Colours: Blue; 1993) – Slawomir Idziak
  92. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Roger Deakins
  93. Seven (1995) – Darius Khondji
  94. The English Patient (1996) – John Seale
  95. L. A. Confidential (1997) – Dante Spinotti
  96. Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Janusz Kaminski
  97. The Thin Red Line (1998) – John Toll
  98. American Beauty (1999) – Conrad Hall
  99. The Matrix (1999) – Bill Pope
  100. In the Mood for Love (2000) – Christopher Doyle
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