CineFix’s debuted their Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of all Time list today and it’s a good one. It’s really nice to see Hero, The Fall, Lawrence of Arabia and Samsara (Terrence Malick should be mandatory on this list, so well done on that, too) included on the list. If you don’t have time to watch the video, which you really should to see the stunning cinematography in these films, here is the full list and description of each film courtesy of CineFix.
Russian Ark (2002)
It’s a single, uncut steadicam shot going through the Russian Heritage museum. Sure, the concept is maybe a gimmick. But it’s amazing.
Woody Allen’s love letter to his favorite city in black and white ultra widescreen is every bit as impactful as Allen’s own memory of the city as a child.
Citizen Kane (1941)
There may be nothing more emblematic of how to make a beautiful movie that Citizen Kane.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This entire film is a ballet of heavenly bodies, with carefully composed shots.
The Conformist (1970)
This is, in our opinion, the very best of Vittorio Storaro’s work. And that’s saying something.
The Fall (2006)
Tarsem Singh made a beautiful painting of a film; Colin Watkinson spend 4 years and thousands of miles bringing a child’s imagination to life on screen.
This film, which tells the same story from several different perspectives, (and color coded to match), takes a simple concept both in plot and style, and brings it to the next level.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
70mm film, and every frame of it a still image worthy of framing.
The Tree of Life (2011)
The most beautiful of Terrance Malick’s films, and there’s quite a bit of competition there.
There’s no plot, or dialogue in this film, but it tells a story nonetheless – every image tells its own story, and it’s glorious.