Culture 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art  

Coy Jandreau
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Filmmaking is all about the moving image: the power of 24, 30, 60, or even 100 images flashing by the human eye per second. The number of single images we see per minute is staggering much less in the 90-180 minutes throughout the runtime of an entire film. Great cinematography brings us these images, and though you might not know their names, film cinematographers are arguably the most important people on a movie set, bringing these images to life. Over the course of film history, there have been some still frames from movies that are truly works of art in their own right.

With a great cinematographer each of these images is carefully composed. Each beam of light, every color, and every movement are all particularly assembled in just the right frame. Many of these film still frames are so pretty that grabbing just 1/24th of a second of film could yield an image as stunning as a painting.

These are those images. These are the best, most staggering, most beautiful and artistic movie stills in the history of movies and cinematography. Hollywood might be all glitz and glamor, but these cinematography images from iconic movie scenes prove that movies are truly pieces of art. Vote up the best film stills and iconic movie images below!

2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art
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Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Actors: Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, + more

Initial Release: 1968

Also Ranked

#85 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#81 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

#54 on The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

#46 on The Best Movies of All Time

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art
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Directed by: David Fincher

Actors: Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Also Ranked

#2 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#36 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

#13 on The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

#2 on The Best Movies of 1995

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art
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Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

Actors: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger, + more

Initial Release: 1939

Also Ranked

#11 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#3 on The Best Musical Movies of All Time

#23 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#42 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Actors: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen, Frank Welker, Denholm Elliott, + more

Initial Release: 1981

Also Ranked

#77 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#6 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#14 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

#8 on "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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