This is a list of films (without order) that taught me a lot about lighting and composition and I think they are important for everyone who wants to improve.


Barry Lyndon (1975)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cinematographer: John Alcott

Length: 3h23min

There will be blood

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cinematographer: Robert Elswit

Length: 2h38min

The night of the hunter

The night of the hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton

Cinematographer: Stanley Cortez

Length: 1h32min

Tale of tales

Tale of tales (2015)

Director: Matteo Garrone

Cinematographer: Peter Suschitzky

Length: 2h14min

The Fall

The Fall (2006)

Director: Tarsem Singh

Cinematographer: Colin Watkinson

Length: 1h57min


Ran (1985)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cinematographers: Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda

Length: 2h42min


Macbeth (2015)

Director: Justin Kurzel

Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw

Length: 1h53min

La grande belezza

La grande belezza (2013)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi

Length: 2h21min


Road to Perdition (2002)

Director: Sam Mendes

Cinematographer: Conrad L. Hall

Length: 1h57min

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Director: Ridley Scott

Cinematographer: John Mathieson

Length: 3h14min (director's cut)

The Handmaid's tale

The handmaid's tale (TV serie 2017-2018)

Creator: Bruce Miller

Cinematographers: Colin Watkinson, Zoe White

Length: 2 seasons

The tree of life

The Tree Of Life (2011)

Director: Terrence Malick

Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Length: 2h19min

The Revenant

The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Length: 2h36min


Ida (2013)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Cinematographers: Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal

Length: 1h22min

Lawrence of arabia

Lawrence of arabia (1962)

Director: David Lean

Cinematographer: Freddie Young

Length: 3h36min

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden (2016)

Director: Chan-wook Park

Cinematographer: Chung-hoon Chung

Length: 2h24min

No country for old men

No country for old men (2007)

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Length: 2h20min


Sicario (2015)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Length: 2h10min

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Director: David Fincher

Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweth

Length: 2h38min

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson

Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman

Length: 1h39min

The Fountain

The Fountain (2006)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique

Length: 1h36min


Skyfall (2012)

Director: Sam Mendes

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Length: 2h23min

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Director: Tim Burton

Cinematographer: Stefan Czapsky

Length: 1h45min

The incredibles

The incredibles (2004)

Director: Brad Bird

Cinematographers: Andrew Jimenez, Janet Lucroy, Patrick Lin

Length: 1h55min


Dark (TV serie 2017)

Creators:  Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

Cinematographer: Nikolaus Summerer

Length: 16 hours


Kumonosu-jô (1957)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cinematographer: Asakazu Nakai

Length: 1h50min

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Wells

Cinematographer: Gregg Toland

Length: 1h59min


Gladiator (2000)

Director: Ridley Scott

Cinematographer: John Mathieson

Length: 2h50min (director's cut)

The Searchers

The Searchers (1956)

Director: John Ford

Cinematographer: Winton C. Hoch

Length: 1h59min 

La piel que habito

La piel que habito (2011)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cinematographer: José Luis Alcaine

Length: 2h00min 

Children of men

Children of men (2011)

Director:  Alfonso Cuarón

Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Length: 1h49min


Seven (1995)

Director:  David Fincher

Cinematographer: Darius Khondji

Length: 2h07min

Blade runner

Blade runner (1982)

Director:  Ridley Scott

Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth

Length: 1h57min

The Shining

Shining (1980)

Director:  Stanley Kubrick

Cinematographer: John Alcott

Length: 2h26min

Days of heaven

Days of heaven (1978)

Director:  Terrence Malick

Cinematographer: Néstor Almendros

Length: 1h34min

The witch

The witch (2015)

Director: Robert Eggers

Cinematographer: Jarin Blaschke

Length: 1h32min


Coraline (2009)

Director: Henry Selick

Cinematographer: Pete Kozachik

Length: 1h40min

John Wick

John Wick (2014)

Director:  Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Cinematographer: Jonathan Sela

Length: 1h41min

Apocalypse now

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola 

Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro

Length: 2h27min


Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz 

Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson

Length: 1h42min

Die Nibelungen

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Director: Fritz Lang

Cinematographers: Carl Hoffmann, Günther Rittau, Walter Ruttmann

Length: 2h23min

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

Director: Wes Anderson

Cinematographer: Tristan Oliver

Length: 1h27min

Ex Machina

Ex Machina (2014)

Director: Alex Garland

Cinematographer: Rob Hardy

Length: 1h48min

The Conformist

Il conformista (1970)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro

Length: 1h53min

The Young Pope

The Young Pope (TV serie 2016)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi

Length: 9h06min

L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot

L'enfer (1964)

Director: Henri Georges Clouzot


Length: 1h40min

eyes wide shut

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Director: Stqnley Kubrick

Cinematographer: Larry Smith

Length: 2h39min

Ben Hur

Ben-Hur (1959)

Director: William Wyler

Cinematographer: Robert Surtees

Length: 3h32min

2001 Space Odissey

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cinematographer: Larry Smith

Length: 2h39min


Metropolis (1927)

Director: Fritz Lang

Cinematographers: Karl Freund, Günther Rittau, Walter Ruttmann

Length: 2h33min


In the Mood for Love (2000)

Director: Kar-Wai Wong

Cinematographers: Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan, Ping Bin Lee

Length: 1h38min