That are truly many things that make a movie visually stunning. From the production design to the cinematography, among a lot of other things, many elements are used in film to make a composition.
With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 amazing and visually stunning films that might not be as remembered as they should be.
As always, many things interfere in the choice of the titles of an article like this. But memory and personal preferences are the main factors, as usual. If you think any other movie should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.
So, here are 10 visually stunning films you should definitely watch:
10. Rebels of the Neon God (1992; dir. Ming-liang Tsai)
Ming-liang Tsai is one of the most interesting directors working today. In 1992 he released the feature film “Rebels of the Neon God,” maybe the best work of his career until today.
The movie follows the story of Hsiao Kang, a young man living in Taipei during the urban gloom of the city. In the film, we are able to see him facing an existential crisis and his loneliness.
With great visual and neon colors, Tsai delivers with “Rebels of the Neon God” a movie that is definitely a highlight of 1990’s cinema. A great film that is mandatory for any cinephile.
9. Tangerines (2013; dir. Zaza Urushadze)
This Estonian-Georgian film written and directed by Zaza Urushadze follows the story of Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak), a man living in Georgia in 1990 during the war. Staying behind to harvest his tangerines, one day there’s a conflict at his door and he needs to take care of a wounded man who was left behind.
With truly astonishing cinematography by Rein Kotov, the film has a very unique atmosphere and an amazing script.
“Tangerines” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and is definitely a visually stunning film that should be watched.
8. La Antena (2007; dir. Esteban Sapir)
It is somewhat like “Metropolis” (1927; dir. Fritz Lang) mixed with “Alphaville” (1965; dir. Jean-luc Godard).
“La Antena” is one of the most interesting sci-fi films of this century. The movie follows the story of a city that lost its voice when it was stolen by Mr. TV. In this place where no one can talk, except for a singer known as The Voice, we follow the story of a family that is trying to get their voice back.
With great photography and production design, this movie truly has many layers and even though it has some small problems with its rhythm, it is one of the most intriguing South American films of that decade.
7. A Thousand Times Good Night (2013; dir. Erik Poppe)
Starring Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “A Thousand Times Good Night” is a visually impressive film about a war photographer whose husband refuses to accept the dangerous life she has.
With strong performances by Binoche and Coster-Waldau, “A Thousand Times Good Night” is a film with very powerful images and a truly intriguing story.
A great and visually stunning film directed by Erik Poppe that definitely should be watched by any cinephile.
6. Touki Bouki (1973; dir Djibril Diop Mambéty)
This Senegalese film should definitely be considered among the highlights of the 1970s.
Following the story of a cowherd and an university student who are trying to make money to go to Paris, this film definitely needs to be remembered among the most visually stunning films of that decade.
With great directing by Djibril Diop Mambéty and great cinematography by Georges Bracher, “Touki Bouki” is without a doubt a movie that every cinephile should watch.