25 Movies Every Photographer / Cinematographer Must Watch – Part 5

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An another great list of Best Movies for Photographers. These pictures are very strong in story as well as photography. Make sure you explore much from the cinematographers of these movies, the way the camera has been handled to aid more for the story and screenplay must definitely be one of the key elements to be noted for.

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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Cinematography: Floyd Crosby, Robert J. Flaherty
In one island of Bora Bora lagoon, a young fisherman, Matahi, is in love with Reri. But she is chosen to be the holy maid and therefore becomes “tabu”.

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

 

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography: Mahmoud Kalari
Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

 

Seabiscuit (2003)

Directed by: Gary Ross
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Seabiscuit (2003)

 

Cabaret (1972)

Directed by: Bob Fosse
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Cabaret (1972)

 

Gangs of New York (2002)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer.

Gangs of New York (2002)

 

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the “Black Dahlia” murder investigation.

The Black Dahlia (2006)

 

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Directed by: John Ford
Cinematography: Arthur C. Miller
Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family’s youngest, Huw, we learn of the family’s trials and tribulations.

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

 

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Cinematography: W. Howard Greene, Hal Mohr
This is the story of a disfigured violinist who haunts the Paris Opera House.

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

 

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife’s boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

 

Unforgiven (1992)

Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Cinematography: Jack N. Green
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Unforgiven (1992)

 

Tess (1979)

Directed by: Roman Polanski
Cinematography: Ghislain Cloquet, Geoffrey Unsworth
A young strong-willed peasant girl, becomes the affection of two men, in the end tragically falling into the arms of one.

 

The Exorcist (1973)

Directed by: William Friedkin
Cinematography: Owen Roizman
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

The Exorcist (1973)

 

The French Connection (1971)

Directed by: William Friedkin
Cinematography: Owen Roizman
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

The French Connection (1971)

 

Malèna (2000)

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cinematography: Lajos Koltai
A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.

Malèna (2000)

 

The Sting (1973)

Directed by: George Roy Hill
Cinematography: Robert Surtees
In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

The Sting (1973)

 

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Directed by: John Ford
Cinematography: Winton Hoch
After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he’s also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort’s commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

 

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Directed by: John Huston
Cinematography: Harold Rosson
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

 

An American in Paris (1951)

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli & Gene Kelly
Cinematography: Alfred Gilks & John Alton (ballet)
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

An American in Paris (1951)

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Directed by: David Fincher
Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

 

The Fugitive (1993)

Directed by: Andrew Davis
Cinematography: Michael Chapman
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

The Fugitive (1993)

 

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

Directed by: Scott Hicks
Cinematography: Robert Richardson
A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950’s, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

 

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Directed by: Ang Lee
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

 

Through the Olive Trees (1994)

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography: Hossein Jafarian
The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors.

Through the Olive Trees (1994)

 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

 

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Cinematography: John Toll
Director Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

The Thin Red Line (1998)

 

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  1. Robin says:

    Nostalgia, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen, a great work of art! Really, all Tarkovsky films should be seen. His cinematographer, for most, if not all, was the amazing Sven Nykvist! Thanks for these wonderful lists. I have only seen about half of them, so I’ve got some film watching to do!

  2. Stanimira says:

    Wonderful! But I have just one little remark about the movie “Girl with a dragon tattoo”. The denmark version is much better and tense. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/
    I love Daniel Graig, but american version is just a weak cover and it’s not so good.

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