Who is the best cinematographer in the history of film? This list of the great cinematographers in movie history includes some of the top directors of photography to ever step foot behind a camera. From pioneers like Kazuo Miyagawa, Vittorio Storaro, Gregg Toland, Conrad Howe, and James Wong Howe to modern movie masters like Darius Wolski, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Hoyte van Hoytema, this list of great directors of photography includes some of the most skilled cinematographers ever.
Film is a visual medium. Though they're always behind the scenes and often unheralded, without cinematographers, there would be no movies. The best DPs help bring the vision of a director, writer, and countless others to life, painting with light to create the unforgettable images onscreen.Vote for the cinematographer you think is the best in the list below and if you see anyone missing from the list, feel free to add them so that other movie fans and Rankers can vote on your additions!
Asakazu NakaiDersu Uzala, High and Low
Kazuo MiyagawaFloating Weeds, Tokyo Olympiad