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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 up an obsessed film fan and worked at Video Archives, a video rental store while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992; regarded as a classic and cult hit, it ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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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 Star Wars and the archaeologist adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful filmmakers and has been nominated for four Academy Awards for directing and writing American Graffiti and Star Wars. ...more

Age: 73

Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America

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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 Stone's films focus on controversial American political and cultural issues and conspiracies during the late 20th century and early 21st century. Stone's films often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene as evidenced in JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Stone has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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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 nominations and seven awards. Having made his directorial debut with Following, he gained considerable attention for his second feature, Memento. The acclaim of these independent films afforded Nolan the opportunity to make the big-budget thriller Insomnia, and the more offbeat drama The Prestige. He found further popular and critical success with The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar. ...more

Age: 47

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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