Ranking: Top cinematographers

Position Image and Name Key movies
1.

Vittorio Storaro

  • Novecento
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Last Emperor
  • The Conformist
  • Reds
  • The Last Tango in Paris
 2. 

 
John Alcott

  • The Shining
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Clockwork Orange
 3. 

Sacha Vierny

  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Hiroshima, mon Amour
  • Pillow Book
  • Prospero’s Books
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  • Belle de Jour
  • A Zed & Two Noughts
 4. Freddie Young
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • You Only Live Twice
 5.

Gunnar Fischer

  • The Seventh Seal
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Face
  • Smiles of a Summer Night
 6.

Tonino delli Colli 

  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Once Upon a Time in West
  • Il Decameron
  • Lacombe Lucien
  • The Good, the Bad, The Ugly
  • Accattone
  • Mamma Roma
  • Salo or 120 of Sodom
  • The Name of Rose
  • Bitter Moon
7.  Geoffrey Unsworth
  •  2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Cabaret
  • Becket
  • Tess
  • Murder on the Orient Express
 8.

Sven Nykvist

  • Persona
  • The Silence
  • The Virgin Spring
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Offret-Sacrificatio
  • The Tenant
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Black Moon
 9.

Gordon Willis

  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather Part II
  • The Godfather Part III
  • Zelig
  • Manhattan
  • Annie Hall
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
 10. Kazuo Miyagawa
  • Rashomon
  • Ugetsu Monogatari
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Floating Weeds
  • Yojimbo
 11.

Christopher Doyle

  • In the Mood for Love
  • Hero
  • 2046
  • The Limits of Control
  • Chungking Express
  • Happy Together
  • Fallen Angels
 12.


Emmanuel Lubezki

  • Gravity
  • The New World
  • The Tree of Life
  • To the Wonder
  • Children of Men
  • Sleepy Hollow
 13.

Asakazu Nakai

  • Ran
  • Seven Samurai
  • Throne of Blood
  • High and Low
  • Ikiru
  • I Live in Fear
 14.

Janusz Kamiński

  • Schindler’s List
  • Munich
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • AI: Artificial Intelligence
  • Indiana Jones and Kingdom of a Crystal Skull
15. 

Peter Suschitzky

  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Naked Lunch
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Dead Ringers
  • Crash
  • eXistenZ
  • History of Violence
  • A Dangerous Method
16. 

Robert Richardson

  • Platoon
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Casino
  • Aviator
  • Kill Bill
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Django Unchained
 17.

Gianni di Venanzo

  • 8 1/2
  • L’Eclisse
  • La Notte
  • Il Grido
 18.
Giuseppe Rotunno
  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • Il Gattopardo
  • Fellini – Satyricon
  • Roma
  • Amarcord
  • Federico Fellini’s Cassanova
  • The City of Women
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
19.  
Michael Ballhaus
  • Marriage of Marie Braun
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • After Hours
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Goodfellas
  • Dracula
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Air Force One
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Departed
 20. Robby Müller
  • Dead Man
  • A Man from London
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Mystery Train
  • Down by Law
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Paris, Texas
 21. Ping Bin Lee
  • The Puppetmaster
  • The Flowers of Shanghai
  • Time to Live and Time to Die
  • In the Mood for Love
 22. Peter Deming
  • Lost Highway
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Jacket
 23. Yoshio Miyajima
  • Kwaidan
  • Harakiri
  • Human Condition Part I, Part II, Part III
  • In the Realm of Passion
 24. Yuuharu Atsuta
  • Tokyo Story
  • Late Spring
  • Black River
  • Green Tea over Rice
  • Early Summer
  • An Autumn Afternoon
 25. Pasqualino De Santis
  • Death in Venice
  • The Damned
  • Conversation Piece
  • L’Argent
  • The Devil Probably
  • Chronicle of Death Foretold
 26. Giorgios Arvanitis
  • Landscape in the Mist
  • Ulyssess’ Gaze
  • Travelling Players
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Beekeeper
  • Voyage to Cyhera
  • Total Eclipse
  • The Suspended Step of Stork
  • A ma soeur!
  • An Old Mistress
 27. Gabor Medvigy
  • Satantango
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Damnation
 28. Robert Burks
  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • The Birds
  • Marnie
  • Rear Widnow
  • Dial M for Murder
  • I Confess
  • Strangers on a Train
 29. Jordan Cronenweth
  • Blade Runner
  • Altered States
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Gardens of Stone
 30.
Rodrigo Prieto
  • Amores Perros
  • Biutiful
  • Lust, Caution
  • Broken Embraces
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Alexander
  • Wolf of the Wall Street
 31. Subrata Mitra
  • Pather Panchali
  • Aparajito
  • Jalsaghar
  • Apur Sansar
  • Devi
  • Charulata
 32. Lucien Ballard
  • The Wild Bunch
  • The Getaway
  • The Killing
  • Ride the High Country
 33. Thomas Mauch
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Stroszek
 34. John A. Alonzo
  • Chinatown
  • Scarface
  • Internal Affairs
  • Vanishing Point
  • Star Trek VII: Generations
 35.
Carlo di Palma
  • Blowup
  • Red Desert
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
 36. Takao Saito
  • Ran
  • Kagemusha
  • Dodesukaden
  • Red Beard
  • Sanjuro
 37. Thierry Arbogast
  • Leon
  • The Fifth Element
  • Black Cat, White Cat
 38. Borys Kaufman
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • On the Waterfront
  • Splendor in the Grass
  • L’Atalante
  • Zero for Conduct
 39. Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
  • Woyzeck
  • Nosferatu, the Vampyre
 40. Gilbert Taylor
  • Repulsion
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Dr Strangelove
  • Omen
  • Cul-de-Sac
  • Frenzy
 41.
Nestor Almendros
  • Days of Heaven
  • Wild Child
  • Zofia’s Choice
  • Kramer vs Kramer
  • The Story of Adele H.
  • Bed and Board
 42. Andrzej Sekuła
  • Pulp Fiction
  • American Psycho
  • Reservoir Dogs
 43. Jan de Bont
  • Die Hard
  • Black Rain
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Basic Instinct
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Turks Fruit
  • Flesh+Blood
  • The Fourth Man
 44. Charles Roscher
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
 45. Gregg Toland
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Wuthering Heights
 46. Jose Luis Alcaine
  • The Skin I Live in
  • Volver
  • Bad Education
  • El Sur
  • Belle Epoque
  • Jamon, jamon
  • Tie me up! Tie me down!
  • Women on a Verge of a Nervoug Breakdown
 47. Javier Aguirresarobe
  • The Others
  • Talk to Her
  • Goya’s Ghosts
  • Blue Jasmine
 48. Georgi Rerberg
  • The Mirror
 49. Alexander Kniazhinsky
  • Stalker
 50. Vadim Yusov
  • Solaris
  • Andrei Rublov
  • Ivan’s Childhood
 51.  
Luciano Tovoli
  • Professione: Reporter
  • Suspiria
  • Titus
 52. Tak Fujimoto
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Philadelphia
  • The Sixth Sense
 53. Freddie Francis
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Innocents
  • The Straight Story
  • Dune
  • Cape Fear
 54. Michael Chapman
  • Raging Bull
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Fugitive
 55. Roger Deakins
  • Barton Fink
  • Kundun
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There
  • Fargo
  • Sid and Nancy
  • Big Lebowski
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Skyfall
  • Serious Man
  • True Grit
 56. Darius Khjondji
  • Amour
  • Se7en
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Stealing Beauty
  • Ninth Gate
 57. Conrad L. Hall
  • Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid
  • Marathon Man
  • American Beauty
 58. Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Arizona junior
  • Miller’s Crossing
  • Blood Simple
  • Misery
 59. David Watkin
  • The Devils
  • Out of Africa
  • Chariots of Fire
 60. Paweł Edelman
  • The Pianist
  • Ray
  • Venus in Fur
 61. Andrew Lesnie
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of Ring
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hobbit: A Desolation of Smaug
 62. Dariusz Wolski
  • Prometheus
  • Dark Shadows
  • The Counselor
  • The Crow
  • Pirates of Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Alice in Wonderland
 63. John Toll
  • Braveheart
  • The Thin Red Line
64.  Carl Hoffmann
  • Doctor Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Die Nibelungen
  • Faust
 65. Fritz Arno Wagner
  • M
  • Madame DuBarry
  • The Destiny
 66. Sławomir Idziak
  • Trzy Kolory: Niebieski
  • The Double Life of Veronique
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Black Hawk Down
 67. Adam Greenberg
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: The Judgement Day
 68. Affonso Beato
  • All About My Mother
  • Living Flesh
  • La Flor de mi secreto
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
 69. Al Ruban
  • Faces
  • A Woman Under Influence
  • The Opening Night
  • Love Streams
 70. Anthony B. Richmond
  • Don’t Look Now
  • The Man Who Fell On Earth
  • Bad Timing
 71. Raoul Coutard
  • Breatless
  • Jules and Jim
  • The Contempt
  • Vivre sa Vie
  • 2 or 3 Thing I Know about Her
 72. Blasco Giuriato
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Pure Formality
  • Il Camorrista
  • Stanno tutti bene
 73. Jack Cardiff
  • Black Narcissus
  • War and Peace
  • The Barefoot Contessa
  • An African Queen
  • Rambo II
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
74.  Christian Matras
  • The Great Illusion
  • Milky Way
  • Women Times Seven
 75. John Coquillon
  • Straw Dogs
  • Pat Garret and Billy the Kid
  • Cross of Iron
 76. Dante Spinotti
  • Heat
  • Luomo delle stelle
  • The Last of Mohicans
  • The Insider
 77. Ernest Haller
  • Gone with the Wind
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Jezebel
 78. Frederic Elmes
  • Wild at Heart
  • Blue Velvet
  • Night on Earth
  • Broken Flowers
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Eraserhead
 79. Adrian Biddle
  • Aliens
  • Thelma and Louise
  • The Butcher Boy
  • V for Vendetta
  • Willow
  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • The World is not Enough
 80. Jost Vacano
  • Das Boot
  • Neverending Story
  • Total Recall
  • RoboCop
 81. Lajos Koltai
  • The Legend of 1900
  • Malena
  • Sunshine
 82. Larry Smith
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Only God Forgives
 83. Leonce Henri Buriel
  • Napoleon
  • J’Accuse
  • Pickpocket
  • A Man Escaped
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc
  • Diary of a Country Priest
 84. Otello Martelli
  • La Dolce Vita
  • La Strada
  • Il Bidone
  • Le notti di Cabiria
  • I vitelloni
 85. Oswald Morris
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Equus
  • Sleuth
  • The Man with Golden Gun
  • Lolita
86. Owen Roizman
  • The Exorcist
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • Network
  • The French Connection
  • Tootsie
 87. Peter Pau
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Killer
  • Swordsman
 88. Robert Krasker
  • The Third Man
  • Brief Encounter
  • El Cid
  • The Fall of Roman empire
 89. Roger Pratt
  • Brazil
  • Batman
  • Fisher King
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • End of Affair
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
 90. Rudolph Mate
  • Gilda
  • Le Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
  • Vampyr
 91. Russell Boyd
  • Picnic at a Hanging Rock
  • The Last Wave
  • Gallipoli
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Master and Commander
  • The Way Back
 92. Russell Metty
  • Spartacus
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Stranger
 93. Stefan Czapsky
  • Ed Wood
  • Batman Returns
  • Edward Scissorhands
 94. Stephen H. Burum
  • Carlito’s Way
  • The Untouchables
  • Mission: Impossible
 95. Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Veronika Voss
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz
 96. Laszlo Kovacs
  • Easy Rider
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • New York, New York
 97. Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
 98. Wally Pfister
  • Batman Begins
  • Inception
  • The Dark Knight
  • Insomnia
  • Prestige
  • Memento
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