Film 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

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#28 on The Greatest Film Scores 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

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#2 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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#19 on The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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There's a Reason Empire Strikes Back Is a Classic

There's a Reason Empire St... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 52 Still Shots from Movies That Are Pretty Much Works of Art
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The Wizard of Oz 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: 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

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#8 on The Best Movies Based on Books

#5 on The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

#2 on The Best Musical Movies of All Time

#23 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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