Movie directors and their cinematographers can be brilliant artists sometimes. Some of them might phone it in and just do the bare minimum and get the movie done and cash the paycheck. This is often what happens with the formulaic Hollywood romantic comedies and the corny action movies that are manufactured by the studios to play it safe. But then, every now and then, you get a No Country for Old Men or a Taxi Driver, where certain shots from the movie are able to stand on their own as a work of art. Take that shot from the original Star Wars where Luke is standing in the desert on Tatooine, watching the two suns setting off in the distance. That’s a striking image, and if it were to exist merely on its own as a photograph or a painting, you’d be happy to accept that as a terrific and gorgeous work of art. The same goes for a lot of shots in some of our favorite movies. Seriously, some of these directors and cinematographers are artistic geniuses! So, here are 50 beautiful screenshots from some of the greatest movies ever made. Let’s see if you can name all of them!
1What science fiction adventure is this screenshot from?
This movie was, for a short time before its director Steven Spielberg broke it with another one of his own movies, the highest grossing movie of all time. It is the uplifting story of a boy and the alien he meets. This is a nice alien, unlike the world dominators or people killers that aliens in movies had generally been before. It's a beautiful film, a feeling that is encapsulated perfectly in this gorgeous shot. This shot is so beautiful and iconic that it would later go on to become the logo of Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment. What movie is it?
2What historical romantic drama is this taken from?
When James Cameron believes in a movie, he will make it the highest grossing movie of all time. He’s done it a couple of times now. The first time was with this hugely successful romantic drama movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which was rooted in history with its basis in one of the worst tragedies ever. That tragedy was the sinking of a humungous ship that had a bunch of people on. What historical romantic drama is this beautiful screenshot taken from?
3What sci-fi epic is this from?
This Christopher Nolan movie was everyone’s favorite movie for the whole summer of 2010, because when people don’t understand complex science fiction that everyone else loves, they just pretend they love it, too. It’s one of the most incredible movies ever made. This shot sums up just how amazing it is. Did the spinning top topple over? Is Cobb really in a dream or is he in real life? Does it matter? So many questions. What sci-fi epic is this screenshot taken from?
4Which Western is this image from?
This movie drew a lot of praise when it was released back in 2012, but it also drew a lot of criticism and controversy, particularly from Spike Lee. You can't blame them for taking offense, since this is a darkly comic movie in the genre of spaghetti western but based during the period in American history where black people had been stolen from Africa and enslaved by the white man. Still, it is a great movie and it won two Oscars. It may just be the finest work of its director Quentin Tarantino, who has always been controversial for his depiction of violence on film. What movie is this?