The 10 Greatest Modern Cinematographers

  1. Roger Deakins: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Sicario, Prisoners, The Assassination of Jesse James, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Doubt, True Grit.
  2. Emmanuel Lubezki: The Revenant, Gravity, Children of Men, Birdman, The Tree of Life, Sleepy Hollow, Y Tu Mama Tambien, A Little Princess, Ali, The New World.
  3. Haskell Wexler: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, American Graffiti, In The Heat of The Night, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?Bound For Glory, Days of Heaven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Coming Home, 61*, Colors.
  4. Vittorio Storaro: Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor, The Conformist, Dick Tracy, Last Tango in Paris, Dune, The Sheltering Sky, Ishtar, Goya en Burdeos.
  5. Robert Elswit: There Will Be Blood, Good Night and Good Luck, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, Nightcrawler, Salt, The Town, Magnolia, 8mm, Inherent Vice.
  6. Conrad Hall: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, Cool Hand Luke, Road to Perdition, In Cold Blood, Searching For Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action, Marathon Man, The Day of the Locust, Tequila Sunrise.
  7. Janusz Kamiński: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Lincoln.
  8. Robert Richardson: JFK, The Aviator, Hugo, Platoon, Salvador, The Hateful Eight, Born of the Fourth of July, Inglorious Basterds, Snow Falling On Cedars, Django Unchained.
  9. John Toll: Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous, Gone Baby Gone, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Tropic Thunder, The Rainmaker, Breaking Bad pilot.
  10. Wally Pfister: Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento, The Italian Job, Moneyball.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Menges, Rodrigo Prieto, Michael Ballhuas, Claduio Miranda, Mauro Fiore, Anthony Dod Mantle, Andrew Lesnie, John Seale, Dean Semler, Jeff Cronenweth, Dante Spinotti

*Academy Award winners for Best Cinematography in italics.  Must have worked on at least one 21st century film to be considered “modern.”

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