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Famous Male Cinematographers

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List of famous male cinematographers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male cinematographers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being cinematographers. There are thousand of males working as cinematographers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic cinematographers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a cinematographer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Bill True and Reuben Steinberg.

While this isn't a list of all male cinematographers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male cinematographers?" and "Who are the best male cinematographers?"


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    Quentin Tarantino
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    Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, and an aestheticization of violence, as well as features of neo-noir film and spaghetti Westerns. Tarantino grew up ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Knoxville
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, + more
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    George Lucas
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    George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Men in Black, + more
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    William Oliver Stone is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television director, Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Platoon, Scarface, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Conan the Barbarian, + more
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    Christopher Nolan
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    Christopher Jonathan James Nolan is a British American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has created several of the most critically and commercially successful films of the early 21st century. His nine films have grossed over $4.2 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 26 Oscar ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Editor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Director
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Inception, Man of Steel, + more
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    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Tootsie, Saturday Night Live, Blood for Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, Chelsea Girls, + more
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    Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did much of his work in the United Kingdom. Part of the New Hollywood film-making wave, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. His films, typically ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1928-1999)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, + more
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    Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Robin Hood, A Hard Day's Night, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Yellow Submarine, Caveman, + more
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    David Lynch
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    David Keith Lynch is an American film director, television director, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, + more
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    Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, known by the stage name Ron Jeremy, is an American pornographic actor and filmmaker. Nicknamed "The Hedgehog", he was ranked by AVN at number one in their "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. Jeremy has also appeared in non-pornographic films, including The Chase, Orgazmo, They ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Ghostbusters, The Godfather Part III, Bruce Almighty, The Boondock Saints, Ronin, + more
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    Robert Rodriguez
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    Robert Anthony Rodríguez is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, cartoonist and musician. He shoots and produces many of his films in Mexico and his native Texas. He has directed successful and groundbreaking film sagas such as the Mexico Trilogy, From Dusk till ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, San Antonio
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Musician, Cinematographer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Sin City, Kill Bill Volume 2, From Dusk till Dawn, The Faculty, Desperado, + more
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    Chris Crocker
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    Chris Crocker, also known as Chris Cunningham-Crocker, is an American Internet celebrity, blogger, songwriter, recording artist and former pornographic film actor residing in Los Angeles, California. Crocker gained international fame in September 2007 from his viral video "Leave Britney Alone!", in ...more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Bristol, Tennessee, USA
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Actor
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    Ingmar Bergman
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    Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1918-2007)
    • Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, + more
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    Alan Arkin
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    Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television director, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo, The Rocketeer, Glengarry Glen Ross, + more
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    Lee de Forest
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    Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite." In 1906 de Forest invented the Audion, the first triode vacuum tube and the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1873-1961)
    • Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, + more
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Inventor, Film Director, Electrical engineer, + more
    • Credits: My Old Kentucky Home, A Musical Monologue, Ben Bernie and All the Lads, Love's Old Sweet Song, A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, + more
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    Steven Andrew Soderbergh is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean's Thirteen, Ocean's Twelve, + more
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    P. C. Sreeram is an Indian cinematographer and film director who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. A student of Madras Film Institute, Sreeram is widely regarded as the "Guru of Cinematography". Apart from his cinematographic works, he was much appreciated for his directorial venture Kuruthipunal ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Film Director
    • Credits: Kuruthipunal, Dhaam Dhoom, Meera, Vaanam Vasappadum
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    Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movement – although his own films have taken a variety of approaches. Known as a provocateur, his work has frequently divided critical opinion. Nevertheless, Trier ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Kongens Lyngby
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist, Melancholia, Breaking the Waves, + more
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    Sydney Irwin Pollack was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Some of his best known works include Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor and Absence ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1934-2008)
    • Birthplace: Fairfield Township, USA, Lafayette, Indiana
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Tootsie, Eyes Wide Shut, Out of Africa, Death Becomes Her, The Firm, + more
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    Gregg Araki
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    Gregg Araki is an American independent filmmaker and film director involved heavily with New Queer Cinema. His film Kaboom was the first ever winner of the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm awarded in 2010.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Film Director
    • Credits: Mysterious Skin, Nowhere, The Doom Generation, Smiley Face, White Bird in a Blizzard, + more
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    Andy Milligan was an American playwright, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, film editor, producer, and director, whose work includes 27 films made between 1965 and 1988.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1929-1991)
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Television director, Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!, Guru, the Mad Monk, The Body Beneath, Bloodthirsty Butchers, + more
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