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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?"
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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 ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Pulp Fiction^! Reservoir Dogs^! Kill Bill: Vol. 1^! Kill Bill: Vol. 2

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#83 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#29 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

#6 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#39 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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 ...more

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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#60 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#6 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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: 70

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Television director, Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Platoon^! JFK^! Natural Born Killers^! Any Given Sunday

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#62 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#76 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#13 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#26 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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: 46

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Editor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Film Director

Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar

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#28 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#12 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#44 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#27 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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 ...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: Chelsea Girls, Empire, Mario Banana I, Blow Job

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#18 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

#14 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

#52 on The Hottest Silver Foxes

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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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, Manhattan, USA, New York

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor Voice acting, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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#1 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#2 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#12 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

#35 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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 ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Cinematographer, + more

Credits: George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Thomas & Friends, The Last Waltz, The Concert for Bangladesh

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#97 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#99 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#88 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#11 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Cinematographers
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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 ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet

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#18 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#10 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#70 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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