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10 Of My Favorite Movie Shots (and why I like them so much)

(If you would like to find out more about any one of the films then you can click on the image to see its IMDB page)


  • An iconic shot in one of the best crime thrillers of all time.
  • This comes right before the incredible climax that is considered one of the greatest of all time.
  • I love how David Fincher uses the electric poles to symbolize the title of the film.

The Empire Strikes Back

  • I love how, even if you haven’t seen this film, just by looking at this shot, you know exactly who is good and who is bad.
  • Two iconic characters perfectly in focus in the center of the frame.
  • The fog used in the background to enhance the shot and make it look more suspenseful and tense.

The Shawshank Redemption

  • Anyone who thinks of this film probably thinks of this particular moment in the film.
  • I love how the rain symbolizes redemption and how any of his previous sins have been washed away.

There Will Be Blood

  • I think the fire perfectly signifies the character of Daniel Plainview: powerful, uncontrollable, dangerous.
  • I like how it shows Daniel in the bottom of the frame looking up at all his glory.
  • This shot really just sums up the entire film for me, and that’s what a great shot should do.


  • Another iconic shot.
  • The lighting is absolutely perfect in this shot.
  • Can’t say really much else without spoiling it, but if you have seen this then you know just how amazing it is.

The Shining

  • So many to choose from in this horror classic, but this is the most iconic.
  • I love how the narrow hallway gives it a claustrophobic feel.
  • Stanley Kubrick is a genius.

The Tree of Life

  • Some shots are just plain stunning.
  • The work Emmanuel Lubezki does in this film is fantastic, and it totally makes sense why he has won three consecutive Oscars for best cinematography.

Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Some shots are extremely powerful.
  • The best film of 2015 has so many great shots, but this one is the most emotional and impactful.
  • The visual imagery of the dessert setting rivals some of Lawrence of Arabia’s best shots.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • Many don’t know, but this film was actually shot by the great Roger Deakins.
  • The railroad is brilliantly used as movement in the shot and where the characters are going literally and figuratively in their lives.

Lost in Translation

  • Some great shots don’t have any purpose besides just being very sweet and heartwarming.
  • This shot never fails to put a smile on my face.


  1. Courtney Young

    This post was absolutely brilliant! I can’t choose a favorite from your list!

    1. Brendan Bellavia (Post author)

      Thanks very much! Yeah that’s why I didn’t rank it lol it’s impossible to choose just one!

  2. Jay

    Excellent list.

    1. Brendan Bellavia (Post author)

      Thanks Jay!


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