Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Top 10 Cinematographers

Michael Ballhaus
Films: The Marriage of Maria Braun, After Hours, The Color of Money, Broadcast News, Last Temptation of Christ, GoodFellas, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Quiz Show, Sleepers, Gangs of New York, The Departed

Roger Deakins
Homicide, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy,  The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Jarhead, No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Skyfall, Prisoners, Sicario

Frederick Elmes
Films: Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Night On Earth, The Ice Storm, Broken Flowers, Synecdoche New York

Robert Elswit
Films: Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood, Redbelt

Janusz Kaminski
Films: Schindler’s List, Jerry Maguire, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Munich, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Lincoln

Emmanuel Lubezki
Films: Sleepy Hollow, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Ali, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The New World, Children of Men, The Tree of Life, Gravity, Birdman

Rodrigo Prieto
Films: Amores Perros, 8 Mile, 25th Hour, Frida, 21 Grams, Brokeback Mountain, Babel, Biutiful, Argo, The Wolf of Wall Street

Robert Richardson
Films: Platoon, Wall Street, Born On the Fourth of July, JFK, A Few Good Men, Natural Born Killers, Casino, Nixon, Wag the Dog, Bringing Out the Dead, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, The Aviator, Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island, Django Unchained

Gordon Willis
Films: Klute, The Godfather I & II, All the President’s Men, Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Zelig

Vilmos Zsigmond
Films: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, Images, The Long Goodbye, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate, Blow Out, Melinda and Melinda


John Alcott
Films: A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining

Sean Bobbitt
Films: Hunger, Shame, The Place Beyond the Pines, 12 Years A Slave

Robert Burks
Films: Strangers On A Train, I Confess, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, The Birds, Marnie

Stanley Cortez
Films: The Magnificent Ambersons, The Night of the Hunter, The Three Faces of Eve, Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss

Dean Cundey
Films: The Thing, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13

Caleb Deschanel
Films: Being There, The Right Stuff, The Natural, Killer Joe

Tak Fujimoto

Films: Badlands, Melvin and Howard, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Sixth Sense, Signs

Conrad Hall
Films: In Cold Blood, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, Love Affair, A Civil Action, Road to Perdition

James Wong Howe

Films: The Thin Man, Kings Row, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Body and Soul, Baron of Arizona, Picnic, The Sweet Smell of Success, Hud, Seconds

Slawomir Idzik
Films: A Short Film About Killing, Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Blue

Robert Krasker

Films: Brief Encounter, Odd Man Out, The Third Man, Billy Budd

Charles Lang

Films: A Farewell to Arms, The Uninvited, A Foreign Affair, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Ace In the Hole, Sudden Fear, The Big Heat, Sabrina, Separate Tables, Some Like It Hot, The Magnificent Seven, One-Eyed Jacks, Charade, Wait Until Dark, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Robby Muller
Films: Paris Texas, Down By Law, Dead Man

Guillermo Navarro
Films: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hard Candy, Hannibal episodes

Wally Pfister
Films: Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, Moneyball, The Dark Knight Rises

Vittorio Storaro
Films: Bird With the Crystal Plumage, The Conformist, Last Tango In Paris, Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor, Dick Tracy, Bulworth

Harris Savides
Films: The Game, The Hire: The Follow, Gerry, Elephant, Birth, Zodiac, American Gangster, Milk

Michael Sloavis
Films: various Breaking Bad episodes

Dante Spinotti
Films: Manhunter, Heat, L.A. Confidential, The Insider, Wonder Boys, Public Enemies


  1. Great list. Many of these guys are my favorite DPs as well. Love all the frames you chose to represent their respective works.

    1. Thanks man! I was inspired by your blog to make my own list of cinematographers.