ASC Top 100 Milestones of the 20th Century + Essays

ASC released this list of the 100 most influential displays of cinematography of the 20th century to coincide with their 100th anniversary on 8th January 2019.


From the ASC website:
The 100 films list will serve as a library of influential, key titles that all cinematographers should see as well as an educational tool for students, teachers and film lovers to better understand and appreciate the importance of cinematography.


The justification for selecting films prior to the 21st century was "to ensure that enough time has passed for the titles and work to reasonably exhibit enduring influence.".

The first 10 are ranked.
The next 90 are ordered by release date.


Cinematographer hyperlinked in the notes so you can easily check out their other works.
As the ASC release essays on each title I'll also post links in the notes. Let me know if any link is broken.

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    1

  • Blade Runner

    2

  • Apocalypse Now

    3

  • Citizen Kane

    4

  • The Godfather

    5

  • Raging Bull

    6

  • The Conformist

    7

  • Days of Heaven

    8

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    9

  • The French Connection

    10

  • Metropolis

    11

  • Napoleon

    12

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    13

  • Gone with the Wind

    14

  • The Wizard of Oz

    15

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    16

  • How Green Was My Valley

    17

  • Casablanca

    18

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    19

  • Black Narcissus

    20

  • Bicycle Thieves

    21

  • The Red Shoes

    22

  • The Third Man

    23

  • Rashomon

    24

  • Sunset Boulevard

    25

  • On the Waterfront

    26

  • Seven Samurai

    27

  • The Night of the Hunter

    28

  • The Searchers

    29

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    30

  • Touch of Evil

    31

  • Vertigo

    32

  • North by Northwest

    33

  • Breathless

    34

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    35

  • 8½

    36

  • Hud

    37

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    38

  • I Am Cuba

    39

  • Doctor Zhivago

    40

  • The Battle of Algiers

    41

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    42

  • Cool Hand Luke

    43

  • The Graduate

    44

  • In Cold Blood

    45

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    46

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    47

  • The Wild Bunch

    48

  • A Clockwork Orange

    49

  • Klute

    50

  • The Last Picture Show

    51

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    52

  • Cabaret

    53

  • Last Tango in Paris

    54

  • The Exorcist

    55

  • Chinatown

    56

  • The Godfather: Part II

    57

  • Barry Lyndon

    58

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    59

  • All the President's Men

    60

  • Taxi Driver

    61

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    62

  • The Duellists

    63

  • The Deer Hunter

    64

  • Alien

    65

  • All That Jazz

    66

  • Being There

    67

  • The Black Stallion

    68

  • Manhattan

    69

  • The Shining

    70

  • Chariots of Fire

    71

  • Das Boot

    72

  • Reds

    73

  • Fanny and Alexander

    74

  • The Right Stuff

    75

  • Amadeus

    76

  • The Natural

    77

  • Paris, Texas

    78

  • Brazil

    79

  • The Mission

    80

  • Empire of the Sun

    81

  • The Last Emperor

    82

  • Wings of Desire

    83

  • Mississippi Burning

    84

  • JFK

    85

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    86

  • Unforgiven

    87

  • Baraka

    88

  • Schindler's List

    89

  • Searching for Bobby Fischer

    90

  • Three Colors: Blue

    91

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    92

  • Se7en

    93

  • The English Patient

    94

  • L.A. Confidential

    95

  • Saving Private Ryan

    96

  • The Thin Red Line

    97

  • American Beauty

    98

  • The Matrix

    99

  • In the Mood for Love

    100