ASC Announces Top 100 Best Shot Films Ever

Asc Announces Top 100 Best Shot Films Ever

To celebrate the group’s 100th anniversary, members of the American Society of Cinematographers have put together a list of the 100 best-shot films of all time honoring the best cinematography put to the screen.

Selected by professional cinematographers themselves, the group revealed a ranked top ten followed by another ninety ordered by year of release. Probably by requirement, no film later than 1999’s “The Matrix” and 2000’s “In the Mood for Love” appear on the list so you won’t see deserved inclusions like “The Assassination of Jesse James,” “Skyfall,” “Moonlight,” “City of God,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Children of Men,” “The Master,” or “Pan’s Labyrinth”. The Top 10 are:

1. “Lawrence of Arabia”
2. “Blade Runner”
3. “Apocalypse Now”
4. “Citizen Kane”
5. “The Godfather”
6. “Raging Bull”
7. “The Conformist”
8. “Days of Heaven”
9. “2001: A Space Odyssey”
10. “The French Connection”

Vittorio Storraro made that top 10 list twice, the only cinematographer to do so, while Francis Ford Coppola is the only filmmaker with two films on the list. The full list of 100 films is up at TheASC and includes astonishing looking films ranging from “Metropolis” to “The Red Shoes,” “The Third Man,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “The Exorcist,” “Barry Lyndon,” “All the President’s Men,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Alien,” “The Shining,” “Amadeus,” “The Right Stuff,” “Brazil,” “The Mission,” “The Last Emperor,” “JFK,” “Unforgiven,” “Schindler’s List,” “Se7en,” and “L. A. Confidential”.

The list was released as “A Star is Born,” “Cold War,” “The Favorite,” “First Man” and “Roma” were all announced as nominees for this year’s ASC award for best film.