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Top Films from Selected Cinematographers

Includes people credited as directors of photography.

Raoul Coutard

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Breathless 1960 Jean-Luc Godard 61
2 Jules and Jim 1962 François Truffaut 167
3 Contempt 1963 Jean-Luc Godard 388
4 Pierrot le Fou 1965 Jean-Luc Godard 480
5 Z 1969 Costa-Gavras 544
6 Alphaville 1965 Jean-Luc Godard 551
7 My Life to Live 1962 Jean-Luc Godard 607
8 Shoot the Piano Player 1960 François Truffaut 756
9 Band of Outsiders 1964 Jean-Luc Godard 835
10 Week End 1967 Jean-Luc Godard 878
11 Two or Three Things I Know about Her 1967 Jean-Luc Godard 1308
12 Chronicle of a Summer 1961 Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch 1391
13 Lola 1961 Jacques Demy 2157

Roger Deakins

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont 58
2 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen 67
3 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen 105
4 No Country for Old Men 2007 Ethan and Joel Coen 302
5 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard 581
6 Barton Fink 1991 Joel Coen 653
7 O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 Joel Coen 683
8 Dead Man Walking 1995 Tim Robbins 1178
9 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 Andrew Dominik 1188
10 Sid and Nancy 1986 Alex Cox 1344
11 True Grit 2010 Ethan and Joel Coen 1519
12 The Hurricane 1999 Norman Jewison 1638
13 Skyfall 2012 Sam Mendes 1649
14 A Serious Man 2009 Ethan and Joel Coen 1662
15 The Secret Garden 1993 Agnieszka Holland 1894
16 The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 Joel Coen 1943
17 1984 1984 Michael Radford 1989
18 The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 Joel Coen 1999

James Wong Howe

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander Mackendrick 198
2 Fantasia 1940 James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, and Paul Satterfield 239
3 The Thin Man 1934 W.S. Van Dyke 588
4 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz 593
5 Hud 1963 Martin Ritt 850
6 Seconds 1966 John Frankenheimer 941
7 Body and Soul 1947 Robert Rossen 1062
8 Shanghai Express 1932 Josef von Sternberg 1269
9 Picnic 1955 Joshua Logan 2137
10 Hombre 1967 Martin Ritt 2302
11 The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 John Cromwell 2420

Charles Lang

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder 9
2 The Magnificent Seven 1960 John Sturges 306
3 The Big Heat 1953 Fritz Lang 444
4 Ace in the Hole 1951 Billy Wilder 486
5 Charade 1963 Stanley Donen 806
6 Sabrina 1954 Billy Wilder 1153
7 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1528
8 Midnight 1939 Mitchell Leisen 1557
9 One-Eyed Jacks 1961 Marlon Brando 1579
10 How the West Was Won 1962 John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and George Marshall 1765
11 The Man from Laramie 1955 Anthony Mann 1823
12 She Done Him Wrong 1933 Lowell Sherman 1927
13 Wait until Dark 1967 Terence Young 2195
14 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 John Sturges 2255

Emmanuel Lubezki

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Children of Men 2006 Alfonso Cuarón 355
2 Y tu mamá también 2001 Alfonso Cuarón 373
3 Ali 2001 Michael Mann 1139
4 Like Water for Chocolate 1992 Alfonso Arau 1216
5 Gravity 2013 Alfonso Cuarón 1352
6 The Tree of Life 2011 Terrence Malick 1695
7 The Birdcage 1996 Mike Nichols 1716
8 A Little Princess 1995 Alfonso Cuarón 2013
9 The New World 2005 Terrence Malick 2068
10 Sleepy Hollow 1999 Tim Burton 2266

Sven Nykvist

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman 136
2 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman 212
3 Cries and Whispers 1972 Ingmar Bergman 468
4 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 Woody Allen 516
5 Sleepless in Seattle 1993 Nora Ephron 792
6 Winter Light 1963 Ingmar Bergman 809
7 The Virgin Spring 1960 Ingmar Bergman 938
8 The Tenant 1976 Roman Polanski 1037
9 The Silence 1963 Ingmar Bergman 1166
10 Hour of the Wolf 1968 Ingmar Bergman 1168
11 The Sacrifice 1986 Andrei Tarkovsky 1180
12 The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 Philip Kaufman 1307
13 Through a Glass Darkly 1961 Ingmar Bergman 1419
14 What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 Lasse Hallström 1518
15 Autumn Sonata 1978 Ingmar Bergman 1529
16 Shame 1968 Ingmar Bergman 1722
17 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 Bob Rafelson 2215

Robert Richardson

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone 180
2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino 276
3 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese 443
4 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino 469
5 JFK 1991 Oliver Stone 478
6 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Quentin Tarantino 508
7 Eight Men Out 1988 John Sayles 810
8 Wall Street 1987 Oliver Stone 904
9 Natural Born Killers 1994 Oliver Stone 1118
10 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone 1207
11 Hugo 2011 Martin Scorsese 1306
12 Django Unchained 2012 Quentin Tarantino 1361
13 A Few Good Men 1992 Rob Reiner 1420
14 The Aviator 2004 Martin Scorsese 1469
15 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control 1997 Errol Morris 1616
16 Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone 1630
17 Salvador 1986 Oliver Stone 1660
18 Shutter Island 2010 Martin Scorsese 1773
19 Wag the Dog 1997 Barry Levinson 1812
20 The Doors 1991 Oliver Stone 2183

Gordon Willis

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola 2
2 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen 15
3 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola 20
4 Manhattan 1979 Woody Allen 130
5 All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula 312
6 The Godfather: Part III 1990 Francis Ford Coppola 615
7 The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 Woody Allen 739
8 Klute 1971 Alan J. Pakula 815
9 Zelig 1983 Woody Allen 909
10 The Parallax View 1974 Alan J. Pakula 1117
11 Broadway Danny Rose 1984 Woody Allen 1324
12 Stardust Memories 1980 Woody Allen 2032
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