Movies with Breathtaking Cinematography

People go to the movies to escape from their everyday lives and experience visual stories that can make them feel emotions in ways that are rare otherwise. Sometimes, there are movies that not only having amazing stories but their amazing visuals can leave you dumbfounded. It doesn’t matter what the plot or genre is, you leave the theater with a delighted aesthetic sense and an increased appreciation for the creators of the movie. Here are some movies with breathtaking cinematography.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Kicking off the list is the Wes Anderson’s 2014 masterpiece which stars Ralph Fiennes and other big names. Wes Anderson has always been prosed for his visual aesthetic and throughout his career, he has created films with a unique perspective and storyline and has developed his own signature style. It continues in this movie which is about a grand Hotel and its owner and how he finds himself in trouble after he is linked to a murder. You can stop at any frame of the film, and you will find yourself looking into a unique piece of art. From the dresses of the characters to the hotel set to the stunning cake decorations and scenery, everything is precisely placed and looks appealing. The color palette shifts with the story in warm and light tones and a behind-the-scenes look give an in-depth account of how it all came together. Once you watch it, it will leave you wanting for more and you can get completely hooked on it.


Gravity has claimed a spot in every critic’s list of best sci-fi thrillers of the past decade. The film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney may not appease everyone but its cinematography sure does so. It is heavenly both in general and literal sense and can make one overwhelmed by the idea of living and working in space. The movie is about an astronaut who is stranded in space after her team and spacecraft are destroyed. Many find the movie pulsating as the tension builds up beautifully after every scene and the end is surreal as well. The depiction of space is almost too real and those who watched it in IMAX or 3D must have had an unforgettable experience. Due to these reasons, it was awarded an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and Best Director too.


This flick directed by Christopher Nolan is also one of its kind in terms of breathtaking cinematography. Not only the sci-fi depiction is scientifically accurate in terms of theories but the visuals of space are literally out of the world and take no time in transferring the viewer to another dimension. Accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, the scenes on different planets and on the spaceship are masterfully crafted. Even the storms and fields on earth are extraordinarily presented. It depicts a group of explorers trying to form sustainable places for humans to live beyond earth and the stellar cast, which included Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway among many others, also gave a beautiful performance. Not only will it keep you at the edge of your seat, but you will be emotionally challenged too.

Life of Pi

This adaption of the bestselling novel of the same name by Yann Martel, took everyone by surprise when it first came out for its beautiful visuals. It revolves around a shipwreck survivor and a Bengal tiger stranded on a sea and how each of them plays a battle of survival with the other. It may sound cliché, but you just cannot take your eyes off the screen once you start watching it. As it wasn’t targeted to a certain audience, it was applauded by all viewers and appreciated by the critics. The subject matter is handled very intricately and it follows the book pretty accurately as well. It wasn’t a surprise when Life of Pi won four Oscars including Best Director and Best Cinematography as the visual treat it offered was completely different and amazing.

The Fall

Tarsem Singh brought a unique joy to the audiences in cinema with this movie. It has two storylines and I just can’t recommend this movie enough who is in for a visual feast. It shows an injured stuntman telling a story to a little girl who is also patient at the hospital. His words are transformed into beautiful images in the girl’s mind and this is the most captivating element. The palette of the film is made of sharp and contrasting colors and no moment is wasted to highlight them. It was shot in many iconic and beautiful locations around the world and an epic tale is inscribed visually in the minds of the viewers. It is so good that even if you watch it on mute, you will still enjoy it a lot!

So, these were some of the best movies with breathtaking cinematography. It is rare for films like these to exist and they only come once in a while, and when they do, you just have to submit yourself to them and their astounding and mind-blowing visuals. They are a treat for everyone and it takes a lot of effort and dedication to create pieces like these.

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