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The Best Cinematography of the Last Decade

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 30, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 30, 2010 |

If you’re going to put a list of the 50 best shot movies over the last decade together, the members of the American Society of Cinematographers are probably the most qualified bunch to do it. They’ve done that, nominating the top 50 films, which were then put out to voters, some 17,000 of which voted to rank the list.

My first thought when I saw the headline for the list was Children of Men, which was appropriately placed at number two, right behind Amélie. I have no complaints there. The second movie that popped into my head was Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, which somehow made Detroit look like the most gorgeous city in the world, which is quite a feat. Out of Sight, however, didn’t make the cut.

Are there any others that didn’t make the cut you feel should be included? The only other film that immediately occurred to me was Rules for Attraction, a mediocre anti-romantic comedy that I thought had excellent cinematography.

Here’s the list.

1. Amélie
2. Children of Men
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. There Will Be Blood
5. No Country for Old Men
6. Fight Club
7. The Dark Knight
8. Road to Perdition
9. Cidade de Deus (City of God)
10. American Beauty
11. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
12. Tie: In the Mood for Love
12. Tie: Pan’s Labyrinth
13. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
15. Gladiator
16. The Matrix
17. The Thin Red Line
18. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
19. Slumdog Millionaire
20. Tie: Eyes Wide Shut
21. Kill Bill
22. Moulin Rouge
23. The Pianist
24. Hero
25. Black Hawk Down
26. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
27. Babel
28. Lost In Translation
29. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
30. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
31. The Man Who Wasn’t There
32. The New World
33. Sin City
34. Atonement
35. Munich
36. The Prestige
37. Memoirs of a Geisha
38. The Aviator
39. Zodiac
40. The Insider
41. Gangs of New York
42. Tie: Brokeback Mountain
42. Tie: The Fountain
43. The Fall
44. The Passion of the Christ
45. Snow Falling on Cedars
46. House of Flying Daggers
47. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

(Source: Movieline)

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