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What are the BEST LOOKING movies of all time?

  1. theageofcake profile image77
    theageofcakeposted 6 years ago

    Sure we could worry ourselves over a great screenplay and strong performances, but what are the movies that excel for sheer visual beauty?  This could be in terms of effects, cinematography, sets, etc. - Anything that strikes you!

    I'll get the one most fresh in everyone's memory out of the way:  Avatar.  The script was spotty and the story occasionally nonsensical, but what a feast for the eyes!

    As for something more "classic" - Jim Henson's Dark Crystal.  The world he creates, which is comprised of puppets and detailed set designs, is magnificent. 


    1. ecogirl333 profile image60
      ecogirl333posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Unforgiven for the sheer scale of Western skies.

      1. theageofcake profile image77
        theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Awesome choice, and probably not one I would have thought of myself.

        1. ecogirl333 profile image60
          ecogirl333posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Why thankyou!  I was blown away when I saw it at the cinema.

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      cosetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hero by Quentin Tarantino, and The Last Samurai. there's lots more, i just can't think of them now.

      1. dohn121 profile image87
        dohn121posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The Last Emperor was amazing smile

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      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Havent seen Avitar yet. I loved Dark Crystal. That was the first mvie I ever saw at the Drive-In.
      I loved "The Watchmen", visually. Oh, and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." and "No Country for Old Men". I loved how the Coen brothers used trees.

      1. theageofcake profile image77
        theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Dark Crystal is phenomenal.  When I consider the talent we lost when Henson died, its almost unbearable.  Luckily, we have Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy 2) and Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are) picking up where he left off.  I can only hope a handful of filmmakers will continue to make movies in his spirit.

        And yes, Watchmen is wonderful visually.  As much as I dislike Zack Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's original book, he certainly as an eye for visual drama.  The ensemble cast, though, was pukey (save for Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, and The Comedian, who were all portrayed surprisingly well).

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          Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          regretably, never read teh book.
          I was thinking of Rorschach. "None of you seem to understand, Im not locked in here with you, your all locked inhere wiht ME!!"
          Oh, yeah..for an old school movie..oh my how did I forget til now...
          Legend!! I hate Tom Cruise, but..Tim Curry as the DEVIL??!!!
          This movie, for its time....rocked my world!! And teh goblin thingys, and the Unicorn? way cool movie!!!

    4. TreasuresByBrenda profile image68
      TreasuresByBrendaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      How about A Passage to India...(had to go look up the name.)

    5. Nick17Pierce19 profile image60
      Nick17Pierce19posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Terminator 2, for the time the CGI was mind blowing, absolutely mind blowing. It still actually holds its own today in comparison to modern CGI, which makes it even more timeless in my opinion.

    6. mkplcl profile image58
      mkplclposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      X Men 1-4

    7. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Betty Blue had wonderful cinematography capturing the colour and sensuality of France

  2. jellydonut25 profile image61
    jellydonut25posted 6 years ago

    2009's Star Trek is a BEAUTIFUL film
    The Empire Strikes Back is startlingly good looking, especially in comparison to the original Star Wars
    The Mist is a really good looking film, ESPECIALLY in black and white (it's a director's extra on the DVD...Darabont originally WANTED black and white)
    Terminator 2
    Pirates of the Caribbean series has some really good visuals
    Two different versions of War of the Worlds are very cool to LOOK at
    Suspiria is another stunning film to see
    oh, also 1933s Invisible Man

    1. theageofcake profile image77
      theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You know what, 2009 had quite a few visually breathtaking films that also happened to have some substance.  I mentioned Avatar and you Star Trek, but there's also Pixar's Up, Coraline, District 9, Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, it goes on and on.  It was definitely a strong year for cinema.

      Anyway, great list.

    2. dohn121 profile image87
      dohn121posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You have good taste my friend...Kind of like a Krispy Kreme big_smile

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    sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago

    There is only one movie that speaks for all time it's"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and the final showdown and gun fight!

  4. PrettyPanther profile image86
    PrettyPantherposted 6 years ago

    The first two that come to mind are "Legends of the Fall" and "Dr. Zhivago."

  5. brimancandy profile image84
    brimancandyposted 6 years ago

    I think Jurrassic Park was pretty amazing when I first saw it.
    The way they brought the dinosaurs to life was very cool. And, it pretty much started the race for even better graphics in not only movies, but video games as well.

    All three of the Star Wars episodes had some great scenery in them, and some intense action scenes. However, I didn't really care for Revenge Of The Sith. But, visuals were great.

    Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter also had some very stunning visuals in them. Even though I thought lord of the rings was incredibly creepy, it had a really great story. And the Harry Potter films just took fantasy to the next level.

    Another good one was Independance Day.

    1. betherann profile image81
      betherannposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have to agree on LOTR and Harry Potter.  HP was not necessarily a well-told film story (the books rocked), but it looked really good.  My favorite in terms of looks was Azkaban, which also happened to rate highest for me in terms of story and quality.

  6. pay2cEM profile image90
    pay2cEMposted 6 years ago

    #1 Avatar: I hate to use up my quota of superlatives on a single flick, but this was (at least on IMAX 3D) breathtakingly, jaw-droppingly stunning!

    #2 300: The plot DIDN'T suck...because there wasn't one, but an illiterate deaf-mute would have to appreciate those slo-mo visuals.

    #3 LotR Return of the King: If 100,000 CGI horseman charging towards 60-foot tall elephants doesn't put a knot in your throat, see your local physician to ensure that you still have a pulse.

    #4 Sin City: Textbook case study on how to make a graphic novel come to life.

    #5 The Matrix: C'mon, guys! That movie was SERIOUSLY freaking COOL looking!

    honorable mention: The Wizard of Oz, Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, Gladiator, What Dreams May Come, Legends of the Fall, 2012, Watchmen, and the trailer for the new Tron.

    1. receptionist profile image60
      receptionistposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Great list.

      I've to add The Labyrinth. Just blew me away when I first watched it. Thought The Goblin King was just so cool. And The Goblin City and its creatures - woah!

  7. thekidandblue profile image60
    thekidandblueposted 6 years ago

    Slumdog Millionaire was a beautful looking film

  8. thirdmillenium profile image73
    thirdmilleniumposted 6 years ago

    Fiddler on the roof

    1. CrystalStarWoman profile image87
      CrystalStarWomanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Fiddler on the Roof was nominated for an Oscar for best art direction - and the art director used to live at the end of my road!

      For me the most beautiful movie ever is Hero (aka Nameless, or Ying xiong).

      Every scene was breath-taking, every frame was a work of art.

      VisuallY STUNNING. I want to go and watch it again now big_smile

  9. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    Avatar being the most recent~~ amazing on imax, 3d as mentioned. you truly feel like you are in the fantasy at times.

    Thin Red Line is also amazing~ takes place in the South Pacific, filmed in queensland, australia, solomon islands portraying the battle of guadalcanal during WW11. it's not just battle scenes, it's truly breathtaking. if you've never seen it, I highly recommend it. the film score is Hans Zimmer and he has said, it is one of his best.

  10. WriteAngled profile image90
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    The start and finish of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I found the combination of visuals and music unforgettable. I must admit to being a bit bored during the central part though.

    1. theageofcake profile image77
      theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm ecstatic that someone picked this movie, but it saddens me that the middle part bored you.  I thought the anxiety of being in space felt all too real in those sequences.

      1. WriteAngled profile image90
        WriteAngledposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry! I guess I'm much more a fantasy fan than a sci-fi fan smile I loved the mystery of the opening and closing sequences, but was totally put off by the HAL story.

  11. Windsweptplains profile image88
    Windsweptplainsposted 6 years ago

    I adore Pride and Prejudice 2005 for its beautiful English countryside. And I love Lord of the RIngs for the same reason many love Avatar: for it's visual splendor.

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    cosetteposted 6 years ago

    oh yeah. i saw that a long time ago. wow...

  13. dohn121 profile image87
    dohn121posted 6 years ago

    Oh and I'll add one more: Seven Samurai.  Without the work of Akira Kurosawa, many of the "westerns" we know today wouldn't be what the are (i.e. riding into the sunset).

    And I do agree with your selections, cosette.

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      cosetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this


      you know, the first time i saw The last Samurai, i started crying halfway through. the music combined with the imagery of their world, so ordered and beautiful, well it was just stunning.

      haha Seabiscuit wasn't visually stunning but that scene where he finally gets it...where he finally decides he's gonna go for it, that made me cry too. i wish i had a horse.

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    cosetteposted 6 years ago

    for me, HAL was the most engrossing part.

    that monolith freaked me out though. the voices...

    1. theageofcake profile image77
      theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Absolutely agree on both counts.  The marriage of sight and sound in that movie made for a real intense, haunting experience.  I only just saw it for the first time last summer, and I can't remember being so engrossed in a movie since being a child.  It was like being 8 years old and seeing Jurassic Park for the first time - I was utterly mesmerized.

  15. Miss Belgravia profile image78
    Miss Belgraviaposted 6 years ago

    Barry Lyndon. Which most people under 50 have probably never heard of. It starred Ryan O'Neal, and was released in 1975. A largely forgotten Stanley Kubrick film.

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    lyricsingrayposted 6 years ago

    Breakfast at Tiffany's big_smile

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      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ohhhh!!! at the end, when they smoosh the cat, in the pouring rain?!!! darn movies, if only real life could be so romantic...

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    2001: A Space Odyssey. Great visuals decades ahead of it's time.

  18. kingbyname profile image60
    kingbynameposted 6 years ago

    The best-looking films have to sweep you off your feet and draw you into the visual narrative at the same time - no mean feat!

    Here are a few that have particularly impressed me over the years:

    Blade Runner
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Chungking Express
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Citizen Kane
    The Godfather and The Godfather II
    North by Northwest
    The Wages of Fear
    Kieslowski's Three Colour Trilogy
    The Red Shoes
    Mean Streets

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You listed some of my all time favorite movies. But for sheer visual beauty Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" is my pick. "Doctor Zhivago" was also a visually beautiful movie, in my opinion.

    2. theageofcake profile image77
      theageofcakeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Lawrence of Arabia is awe-inspiring in many ways.  Great movie.

  19. modeca profile image54
    modecaposted 6 years ago

    I'm a huge film fan and love directors who use cinematography to the full.

    Here are some of my picks:

    Apocalypse Now always takes my breath away.

    Old Boy - Park Chan Wook is a genius

    Primer - an obscure indie flick - great cinematography on a budget

    I love big special effects movies too, recent faves include Knowing -the best train crash in film history ever!!

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      "Appocalypse Now" is a visually spectacular movie and otherwise one of the greatest war movies of all time. "Gone With the Wind" was a breakthrough technicolor movie. But my pick for the most visually beautiful movie is Akira Kurosawa's "Ran," which retells Shakespeare's "King Lear" set in medieval Japan.

  20. madhugr profile image60
    madhugrposted 6 years ago

    "My Best Friend's Wedding" was my favorite for a long time. It had Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz in the same movie.

  21. mrcoopr2010 profile image60
    mrcoopr2010posted 6 years ago

    New Jack City
    Malcolm X
    Baby Boy
    Boyz N The Hood
    Auto Focus
    All the Dirty Harry movies
    All the Rocky movies
    Home Alone 1 and 2
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Stephen King's IT
    Superman the Movie
    The Muppet Movie
    The Great Muppet Caper (???)
    The Muppets Take Manhattan
    The Pursuit of Happyness
    Madea's Family Reunion
    Diary of a Mad Black Woman
    Madea Goes to Jail
    American Violet
    The Incredible Hulk
    Spider Man 1 to 3
    The Jazz Singer
    Dr. Zhivago
    All That Jazz
    Get Rich or Die Tryin
    Mo' Better Blues
    An American Werewolf in London
    Silver Bullet
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (both 1931 and 1941 versions)
    Purple Rain
    Hustle and Flow

  22. raven1967 profile image59
    raven1967posted 6 years ago

    There are so many visually beautiful movies, especially for us fans. I loved how they captured small town america in "It's a Wonderful Life", specifically the outdoor scenes with falling snow(idealized, of course). Recently,"Cold Mountain" was like watching a painting come to life or poetry in motion. If you haven't seen it, do so, it is visually stunning. F**king incredible!!!!

  23. raven1967 profile image59
    raven1967posted 6 years ago

    Couple others...lol...I agree with "Sin City" and "Pan's Labryinth" and many of the others. Alright a few more I think were missed, this is fun :

    A River Runs Through it
    Double Indemnity
    Farewell My Concubine
    All The Mornings of Tomorrow
    Seven Years in Tibet
    Dances With Wolves
    Schindler's List
    Sound of Music
    Beauty and The Beast(Disney)
    Edward Scissorhands

  24. Cly Walsh profile image60
    Cly Walshposted 6 years ago

    While The Dark Crystal is my favourite movie, the 'best looking' movie from my perspective is Takeshi Kitano's version of Zatoichi.

  25. sunforged profile image69
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    I think most of my favorites have been mentioned multiple times but I think

    "A Clockwork Orange" is noticeably absent

    I also think A.I.(Artificial Intelligence) had a very unique and beautiful visual treatment

    well really anything by Kubrick

    What Dreams May Come

    THE CELL !!!

    and probably some Tim Burton belongs in this list



    1. blondepoet profile image79
      blondepoetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And Sunforged is the biggest spunk of all time. Saw your pic in Kimberley's hub. Omg how could you be hiding all that goodness for all this time from us ladies LMAO.

  26. Rayalternately profile image60
    Rayalternatelyposted 6 years ago

    Did I miss the mentions for Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz? smile

  27. sunforged profile image69
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago





    oh yeah and both Charlie and the chocolate factories!

    @blondpoet , Im a spunk! Im not hiding I THINK I was previously featured on your very own male hubbers collection ..i think you called me a spaceman! ..am I remembering right?

    1. blondepoet profile image79
      blondepoetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Haha yes I do remember. I never saw that pic of Kimberleys though. That one could land you as Cleo's new centrefold Sunforged.

  28. Cowboycoffee profile image61
    Cowboycoffeeposted 6 years ago

    Big Fish, Was A Visual Treat to Me. = )

  29. khmohsin profile image59
    khmohsinposted 6 years ago

    hmm, great this thread is a becoming a nice encyclopedia of Good Movies.
    "The Patriot",& "Shooter", are some of my favorites.

  30. Canklefish profile image74
    Canklefishposted 6 years ago

    I always reference my favorite flick, 'Joe Versus the Volcano' for its stark and vivid symbolism. Aside from the growling shark in the fishing scene, the entire movie is eye candy, and I catch something new and interesting with every viewing.

    This is one of those 'love it/ hate it' films, and yes you read that correctly... This is my favorite film of all time.

  31. fierycj profile image84
    fierycjposted 6 years ago

    Hero, The Fall, Inglourious Basterds, All Tony Scott Movies have a distinctive visual style, Mr. Magnorium's Emporium, Speed Racer, and so many others.

  32. fierycj profile image84
    fierycjposted 6 years ago

    300 and Watchmen...some Cinematography there! And Layer Cake...forgive me Matthew Vaughn.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      300 was good - one of the early scenes, showing the view across Ancient Sparta and the surrounding mountains, is absolutely spot on. It does actually look like that.

      I always liked 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' A wonderful, sprawling western.

      Spartacus is an all-time favourite. big_smile

      The original 'Get Carter' - a nasty little film.

      'Conan the Barbarian,' - The only Conan adaptation that captured the dark mood of Howard's books. Awesome soundtrack, too.

      'Seven Samurai' - Beautifully shot.

      'Clerks' - Shot on such a low budget, but set Kevin Smith on the road to fame and fortune.

  33. barryrutherford profile image38
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago

    I liked the English countryside scenes in Barry Lyndon.

    http://thisisanadventure.com/wp-content … lyndon.jpg

  34. Sab Oh profile image60
    Sab Ohposted 6 years ago

    Ten to Chi (1990)

    The history is a bit suspect, but the visuals are stunning.

  35. FranyaBlue profile image80
    FranyaBlueposted 6 years ago

    BEST LOOKING movies - Oceans 11/12/13 - A feast for all the ladies eyes smile

  36. World Marketing profile image60
    World Marketingposted 6 years ago

    The Gladiator "Honor Him"

  37. betherann profile image81
    betherannposted 6 years ago

    I love Tim Burton's style -- anything by him looks fantastic to me!

  38. dyonder profile image80
    dyonderposted 6 years ago

    Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy (Blue, White, Red). Though subtitled (if one doesn't follow French), the message of each film is so intricately entrenched within the artistry of the direction that one can't help but be swept up.
    Park Chan-wook's revenge trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance/ Oldboy/ Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). All three of these films bring to mind Poppy Z. Brite's essay on the beauty of violence. Gorgeous and disturbing - an intoxicating blend.
    Enki Belal's Immortal is a visual feast, reminiscent of the dream scenes from 1985's Brazil.

  39. Vinculum profile image60
    Vinculumposted 6 years ago

    Not one person has mentioned There Will Be Blood. A beautiful cinematic scape of the west.

  40. Greek One profile image81
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    when Harry met Sally...

    and 300

  41. stephensaldana profile image60
    stephensaldanaposted 6 years ago

    I liked " No country for older men" " the watchmen" and " the greenmiles" .. loved these movies..

  42. lilian_sg profile image82
    lilian_sgposted 6 years ago

    I would say New Zealand's natural beauty stands out in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!

  43. torimari profile image79
    torimariposted 6 years ago

    LOTR trilogy...loved it.

  44. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 6 years ago


  45. stu-smith72 profile image60
    stu-smith72posted 6 years ago

    Into the Wild- Incredible settings, brilliant cinematography and initiative editing

    City of God- Possibly the best visual film ever

    The Diving Bell and Butterfly- the majority of the film is tough viewing as the camera takes the restrictive perspective of a almost entirely paralysed man, but the scenes of his imagination are truly fantastic

    Michael Mann films- Heat, Collateral and Public Enemies have shots to die for

    Where the Wild Things Are- Playful and creative, really puts you back in a childs imagination

  46. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    older movies include:  Bertolucci's ROMEO AND JULIET
    any thing by Felinni
    DR. ZHIVAGO - especially the scene of the iced over summer house

    more recently I really loved the looks of ALICE IN WONDERLAND

    the original MOULIN ROUGE  and then the newer one are both visually great

    SLUMDOG MILLIONARE had some great India visuals

    I'm forgetting some of my other favorites right now.

    oh yeh - MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - the one with Michelle Pfeiffer

  47. Flightkeeper profile image78
    Flightkeeperposted 6 years ago

    Best looking movies for me:

    Wizard of Oz - when the movied turned from black and white to color was amazing.

    The Ten Commandments - who does't like tons of bare-chested masculine men strutting around?  And you can't forget the parting of the Red Sea.

    Oklahoma - and any of the Oscar and Hammerstein movie musicals, have great costumes, set pieces, and background.

    Dick Tracy - amazing costumes and set pieces

    Batman - the first movie, highly stylized.  Everything looks sharp and gleaming.

    That's all off the top of my head, but there are others.

  48. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 6 years ago

    The film that came to my mind first was 300 and that has already been mentioned several times. Sin City is also good, coz they're both pretty similar.

    There's a film called The Fall that I think it visually very good (and in other respects too). It was recommended to me by the guy in the store but other than him I've never met anyone that's seen it.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The first time I saw '300' was in an open-air cinema a few hundred yards away from the ruins of Ancient Sparta.

      Watching movies doesn't get much better than that! big_smile

      Adding to my previous list, how could I forget 'Excalibur?' A beautiful film.

      1. jenblacksheep profile image84
        jenblacksheepposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Wow that's cool. I'm glad I saw 300 at the cinema, I don't think it would have had nearly the same visual effect watching it on a tv. I was just too young to see Sin City when it came out at the cinema but I imagine that would have been much the same.

  49. Ralph Deeds profile image69
    Ralph Deedsposted 6 years ago

    Earlier I mentioned Kurosawa's "Ran."  "Dr. Zhivago" comes to mind also.

  50. Lora Palmer profile image61
    Lora Palmerposted 6 years ago

    Wow, great collection of beautiful movies here! What Dreams May Come was my first thought after reading the title, and I'm so glad to see someone else came up with it, too.  Avatar and the Harry Potter movies are also really visually stunning movies.