Greatest Cinematography of All-Time LIST?

So often rate and quantify movies as the greatest of all time. That is one of my favorite parts of the artistic mediums. This holds true especially when in regards to watching movies. What might be your favorite film of all time probably will not be the same as your friends or even critics. It is also a conversation that is quite difficult to have with other people from time to time. People invest their time into movies and some will champion them relentlessly. We have seen AFI's list of the Top 100 films of all time, and each year people revise the greatest films of all time.

What we don't often see is a list of the greatest cinematography in a film of all time. We discuss amazing actors and actresses but we often leave out the visual portion of the medium. Scout Tafoya at Fandor's Keyframe took the time out to poll over 60 critics about what movies they thought had the greatest cinematography of all time.

It is quite an interesting list to say the least. The interesting part of the list is the omission of Roger Deakins work. That again lends to the subjectivity of any artistic medium and creating interesting talking points.

If you have 12 minutes of free time, here is the cut up of the entire list:

The List in order as follows:

  1. Days of Heaven (DPs: Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler)
  2. Barry Lyndon (DP: John Alcott)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (DP: Geoffrey Unsworth)
  4. Citizen Kane (DP: Gregg Toland)
  5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (DPs: Karl Struss and Charles Rosher)
  6. The Conformist (DP: Vittorio Storaro)
  7. The Red Shoes (DP: Jack Cardiff)
  8. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (DP: Vilmos Zsigmond)
  9. Night of the Hunter (DP: Stanley Cortez)
  10. Apocalypse Now (DP: Vittorio Storaro)
  11. The Magnificent Ambersons (DP Stanley Cortez)
  12. The Tree of LIfe (DP: Emmanuel Lubezki)

If you have time, head over to Fandor and take a look at the entire voting and peoples opinions regarding Cinematography. It is quite an interesting read that helps gain some insight also into people's choices.