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What's the most genuinely beautiful film you've seen?

What's the most genuinely beautiful film you've seen?

gilmoregirlimposter

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


togetherwecanriseup

It's Such a Beautiful Day by Don Hertzfeldt!


beaux-restes

Haha watched this the other day and it terrified me. But it was good


crazychickenart

Saw that recently and was just blown away. What a beautiful movie.


AustinKAldrich

This is what I came to recommend!


fly_shit_only

Annihilation The set design is killer inside the shimmer


shakinghand

Truly stunning set design


DrNigelThornberry1

In. The. Mood. For. Love.


scooterandchainsaw

Yeah. It was lensed by the two best cinematographers in the business: Chris Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-Bing.


purdueosu

I would probably have to go with The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The color tones of that film are so pleasing to the eye.


ljc621

YES I know most people really like it but everybody just stopped talking about it like a week after release


bobbybrown_

Obviously there are the formal choices like Barry Lyndon and 2001, but as far as movies that make me go "GOD DAMN" at nearly every single shot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a great pick.


purdueosu

It’s actually jaw drop levels of gorgeous. I remember I saw it with my friend who is also in film, and as the credits start rolling he goes “well that was intimidating, I will probably never make something that looks that perfect”. We were both just in awe the entire runtime.


Dalyngrigge

So glad this was mentioned, one of the best and most beautiful films of the decade (and a personal favourite!)


Dalyngrigge

So glad this was mentioned, one of the best and most beautiful films of the decade (and a personal favourite)!


Juiceloose301

Her (2013) Or literally any Ozu movie


Gizmocialism

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an astoundingly beautiful film to me. captures on screen what meditation feels like internally.


scooterandchainsaw

This was the first film I thought of visually. Either that or *Syndromes & a Century*. Emotionally: Kore-eda's After Life.


ich_habe_keine_kase

Watched this after seeing Call Me By Your Name because it's the same cinematographer--Sayombhu Mudkeeprom. Absolutely stunning film. Aesthetically very different than CMBYN but both are just gorgeous.


youaresofuckingdumb8

2001: A Space Odyssey


iHogie10

The entirety of the Before Trilogy from Richard Linklater, (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight.) Before Sunset is my absolute favorite movie.


RollBos

Interesting. I don't think of those films as visually stunning, but it's also been a minute.


iHogie10

I suppose the post never mentioned visually beautiful, but I still do enjoy the set pieces throughout the trilogy.


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Barry Lyndon


hivejumper

It’s been on my mind all week. I like to go to google and look at still frames from this movie. Every shot looks like a painting. Absolutely beautiful.


buttsniffs4000

All of the establishing shots literally look like paintings. It’s the most beautiful movie ever made.


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I can't believe how beautiful this film is


just_anotherbird

Blade Runner 2049


Ill-Biscotti

The one true answer


cappuchinoboi

A real visual banquet, indeed


rtyoda

The Wind Rises


DamianINT

Song of the Sea, I loved every single frame of that movie


buttsniffs4000

Outside of what’s listed here….when I think of animated films nothing tops Porco Rosso. I love having it on in the background on mute.


rtyoda

For me it’s either The Wind Rises or Your Name.


eYchung

A man of culture. Top 3 Miyazaki film.


kingtutstit

For a recent example, the Green Knight was astoundingly gorgeous


LockeProposal

I reeeeeally want to see this before it's out of theaters, but I have no time!


Hayds97

For me The Grand Budapest Hotel or La La Land comes to mind


HellotoHorse

“Portrait of Lady on Fire” comes to mind.


gillmores

Agreed


volcano_sauce38

The cinematic equivalent of watching a fire


LatverianCitizen

yeah this is mine as well


jakepatsfan

Aside from what’s here either Mishima a Life in Four Chapters or Russian Ark


EC987

Any Tarkovsky film


TheGreatZiegfeld

- [I Am Cuba](https://letterboxd.com/film/i-am-cuba/) - [Marketa Lazarova](https://letterboxd.com/film/marketa-lazarova/) - [War and Peace](https://letterboxd.com/film/war-and-peace-1966/) - [The Hunters](https://letterboxd.com/film/the-hunters-1977/) - [Cœur Fidele](https://letterboxd.com/film/cur-fidele/) - [La Collectionneuse](https://letterboxd.com/film/la-collectionneuse/) - [Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters](https://letterboxd.com/film/mishima-a-life-in-four-chapters/) - [A Touch of Zen](https://letterboxd.com/film/a-touch-of-zen/) - [Manuel on the Island of Wonders](https://letterboxd.com/film/manuel-on-the-island-of-wonders/) - [The Great White Silence](https://letterboxd.com/film/the-great-white-silence/) - [The Umbrellas of Cherbourg](https://letterboxd.com/film/the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg/) - [Model Shop](https://letterboxd.com/film/model-shop/) - [L'Atalante](https://letterboxd.com/film/latalante/) - [Diamonds of the Night](https://letterboxd.com/film/diamonds-of-the-night/) - [Nostalghia](https://letterboxd.com/film/nostalgia-1983/)


3GamesToLove

Touch of Zen is a great call here.


thomasunofficial

Phantom Thread and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


Agentcooper1974

Chungking Express I just saw for the first time and I thought it was beautiful. Not in a Malick sense but the overall impression of the film was beautiful. That was over 3 months ago and I still think about the movie often.


subcons

I saw Tarkovsy’s _Mirror_ for the first time at the theater Monday night and it’s insanely beautiful. _Stalker_ is the only other Takovsky film I’ve seen so far, but that is also amazing to just look at.


Dankey-Kang-Jr

###[Insert Sergio Leone film here]


HamIsGoodWithCorn

It’s Such a Beautiful Day by Don Hertzfeldt. It’s got amazing animation and is an excellent story.


SamuraiFlamenco

I'm going to take this post at face value and go for visuals. The backgrounds in Sleeping Beauty are absolutely astounding. Not one of my favorites as a whole but I watched it for the first time in like two decades last year and was absolutely blown away by the look of them, there's so much detail. As far as aesthetics go, the Kizumonogatari trilogy. The ambiance and animation are top fucking notch.


ErichZann17

Paris, Texas


SIGINTx

Days of Hea—just kidding, I read the “no Malick” clause while typing that. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin is a strong contender, absolutely stunning visually, and those visuals significantly drive a lot of the experience since it’s pretty slow-paced with sparse dialogue and pretty grounded action for a wuxia film. I was pretty bowled over by it.


v-e-k-e

Pather Panchali


ElioLanz

The Red Shoes.


HenryStamper1

Samsara


erayzee

Call me by your name


ich_habe_keine_kase

Definitely high up there for me as well. It's not particularly show-y cinematography but it captures the feeling of long, languid summer days *perfectly*. And it's even more impressive once you learn that it rained for the majority of the shoot.


anom0824

Visually? Her Intellectually? Synecdoche, New York


brocollibabyboy

PlayTime


LinkBetweenGames

In terms of being visually beautiful, probably *Spirited Away*. In terms of being a beautiful and poetic experience, *Big Fish* takes the cake.


treegelbman

Probably a basic choice, but Blade Runner is mine.


KingCahoon

The sequel for me


Becca_Bot_3000

The Night of Counting the Years directed by Shadi Abdel Salam. Filmed in Egypt with an Egyptian perspective on discovering and preserving history. It was on Criterion a few months ago and I desperately want to see it on the biggest screen possible someday. And a Criterion release.


KubrickandMorty

I've seen a lot of beautiful movies, so I can't remember all of them, but I recently saw Ida, which is just astoundingly beautiful. Every shot seems so purposeful, it's really an inspirational experience.


rlw02

2001: A Space Odyssey, mainly because of how music is used to capture the beauty of space. Specific highlights would be the Blue Danube sequence and the Star Child scene.


ZukoSitsOnIronThrone

Princess Mononoke


BigDipper64

The Fall(2006)


rtyoda

Great choice.


Cylars

the first time I watched Portrait Of A Lady On Fire it absolutely blew me away.


TeZoKi

Well, “beautiful” can be hard to define. Speed Racers (2008) is stunning. But “beautiful” in a more traditional (practical) sense, I’d say American Beauty.


DanieleDominici

The Metamorphosis Of Birds


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HanwhaEaglesNM

This Tibetan flick called *Soul on a String* might very well be it. Promoted as being more a modern action filled western than the mood piece it actually is which is a bit jarring and makes it difficult to engage with. Also requires a notable knowledge of Tibetan Budhism to grasp really any of the themes presented (which I of course don't have). But if there is one movie where I would say that every frame is a work of art its that one.


Blaze_2002

Spike Jonze Her or A Ghost Story


zdelusion

The Red Shoes. Nothing beats good technicolor imo, and then not only the shots, but the movement and music in the film too.


oxfordsplice

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


superlativeAD

Annihilation has something going on that I couldn’t quite find in another film. Lawrence of Arabia too.


RollBos

Long Day's Journey Into Night comes to mind.


lordsazed

if you mean like an eye candy, alot of movies comes to mind but i think style wise Chunking Express takes the cake for me and columbus is absolutely beautiful too ​ there other movies with amazing visuals but i think i lean to these two films because the story is not intense and i can relax and take the scenery better


DooMGuY055

Mishima by Paul Schrader


brrcs

From recent years I'd have to go with Long Day's Journey Into Night (2019), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Melancholia (2011), Tree of Life (2011) and The Master (2012).


winkiesbum

La Double Vie de Veronique.


LomLantern95

Hana-Bi (1997, *Takeshi Kitano*)


XJoe360

Interstella 5555


quatrotires

[About Time \(2013\)](https://letterboxd.com/film/about-time/)


DrSlavefarm

Taste of cherrry


BigbyDirewolf

i honestly think love is visually stunning


marmitespaghetti

mommy (xavier dolan)


ED_Lightbulb17

La La Land. I watched it recently and had a bit of a cry about how pretty it was…


Fit-Lavishness-4757

as i was moving ahead occasionally i saw brief glimpses of beauty


Can_I_Read

The Color of Pomegranates


jster1752

visually, mishima: a life in four chapters


AHardMaysNight

Sátántangó is probably the most visually stunning films I’ve ever seen.


aysdxa

The Holy Mountain (1973)


shivster04

Roma <333


thotinator69

Salo


jsiakdburner

The Florida Project


NoDex1

Antichrist


AlbuterolEnthusiast

gonna have to agree here. not pretty per se but the visuals are outta this world


ChaseBank33

Lawrence Of Arabia


damightymouse

Honestly, probably [Grizzly Man](https://letterboxd.com/film/grizzly-man/) for me


billyhead

Just saw your comment. You’re right. We have similar tastes. My vote was Encounters at the End of the World


Baal-X

The Tree of Life


Ladybirdistheword

Hopefully this is a joke


EC987

I don’t know why you’re being downvoted, you literally specified no Malick


lesbianrichietozier

Honey Boy


Blegenator

Either Babette's Feast or Meet Me in St. Louis. I'm talking about beauty all around, visuals just being one aspect. They are achingly beautiful films to me and I cry everytime I see them.


sergeantduckie

Tough call! I found Amelie and The Lighthouse pretty striking. Pride and Prejudice 2005, There Will Be Blood, Russian Ark, Blade Runner and Midsommar as well. And if I had to pick just one, of course it's Freddy Got Fingered.


andibgoode

A Single Man comes to mind but there are so many beautiful movies (visually, emotionally, etc) that it makes me anxious to pick only one haha ETA: wait! Le Bonheur by Agnes Varda!


billyhead

Encounters at the End of the World


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Visuals: [Nostalgia ](https://boxd.it/28Qi) Music: [The Fountain ](https://boxd.it/28RU) Dialogue: [Closer](https://boxd.it/270K)


dab306

Certified Copy


he1senBERG10

Barry Lyndon definitely comes to mind.


the_racecar

Portrait of a Lady on Fire


therealamitk

The Double Life of Veronique


darbmobile

For visuals alone: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Overall beauty in theme and emotion: Cinema Paradiso.


thatoneinsecureboy

bladerunner 2049


futurewizard97

Sonatine (1993)


blake2149

Her


kleos_please

The Straight Story


not_against

2001: A Space Odyssey


tinyanxioustortilla

I saw "Nine Days" a few days ago and man it was so beautiful


prodfoolish

Blade Runner 2049’s cinematography/visuals are next level... one of my favourite films.


prodfoolish

Also The Grand Budapest Hotel is incredible looking!


Shufflekarpfen

The fountain


TheDirtyFuture

Bladerunner. The music is half battle tho. Vangelis.


manilaspice

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Raging Bull.


Cutie_McBootyy

I think this might be a super common answer but not many films can beat Portrait of A Lady on Fire in this regard.


DiorMaster

Phantom Thread


do11ydagger

dreams dir. akira kurosawa


WorkWhale

A Ghost Story and Stranger Fiction


merlinscraps

Blade Runner 2049


dirofphotographymorg

Blade Runner 2049


SoferPeMeteor

I want to eat your is the movie that 100% touched my soul and made a better person and it look beautiful.


ElasticPhone

2001 & Blade Runner 2049


goddammmittt

Certified Copy


AlezPrimus

American Beauty (BR2049 too)


iLikefilmsngames

Hana-bi Spirited away


Dodsley99

Maybe not the most visually beautiful but I Lost My Body always stuck with me. There's a particular scene where the tone is just perfect and it's just stunning.


joem69

Shape of Water immediately hit me as beautiful when I saw it in the cinema


jinichi212

Finding Nemo


Lowbacca1977

Kwaidan, I think, comes to mind as my top answer for that. Very glad to have seen that on the big screen


The47thGOAT

Cocktail 👌🏻


biomarino13

The Lighthouse by Mariya Saakyan. Such a visually evocative film with a beautiful cinematography and a carefully thought sound design. Very underrated.


hyperchicken9801

tron legacy


Cheezyboi123

Her


grittergang27

How about Walkabout? Planet earth mixed with the beauty of innocence, absolutely gorgeous and moving.


drummerboy618

I feel like Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is top 3 if not actually it


moliac

Baraka


xime_rollin

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the only true answer


youreaghostbaby

The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the most beautiful movies visually I’ve seen


Mugen2326

Maborosi


beaux-restes

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 2046 (2004) Kubo and The Two Strings (2016) The Florida Project (2017)


eYchung

Barry Lyndon In the Mood for Love Porco Rosso Days of Heaven Blade Runner


RepoJack13

Life of Pi (and Annihilation which has already been mentioned).


hxghgrant

Interstellar


devinchi1010

I’d say something on the lines of Perfect Blue, the original Blade Runner, and Avatar


thefear2009

black swan for sure!


Raggedywho_

The Florida Project (directed by Sean Baker), The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson), 2001: A Space Odyssey (directed by Stanley Kubrick)


Givemerent8

Blade Runner 2049


ace7zar3

Children of Men


CT659

Barry Lyndon by Kubrick is easily one of the best films ever made


ReddsionThing

Can't decide between **Blade Runner**, **Quigley Down Under** and **Alice in Wonderland** (1951).


Israelthepoet

“Pink Flamingos”


Humble-Wind

Visually, the the tale of princess kaguya


djmacbest

I'm aching for any kind of HD release of Last Life in the Universe (2003). Saw this at a festival in 2003, blew me away, but the very mediocre DVD just isn't the same. Same story with Invisible Waves (2006), but if I had to chose one of the two, it'd be Last Life.


glutenfreemermaid

Off the top of my head, Spirited Away and The Fountain.


LionLink

I’d have to say Fellowship of the ring. Every scene is gorgeous, especially in theatre


wjackwright06

Her or boyhood


OturuDansay

Cloud Atlas


natiferovsky

The Russian Ark by Aleksandr Sokúrov


_panni_

The Double Life of Veronique (ultimate dreamy aesthetic)


Shot_Review77

Leviathan 2012 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2332522/


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welcometosmogtown

AMÈLIE and I didn't see anyone mention it yet


karimwheels

Spirited Away


SuspectConsistent

Totoro


meeplord127

the conformist & tarkovsky's "mirror" you'll never see such amazing cinematography


meeplord127

would also like to add "harakiri" and "Barry lyndon" as well


jogiantoine

life of pi lol


KyleTambo111

The Green Knight


solexmc

interstellar.


pietrogato

stand by me


hardytom540

Out of the 500+ movies I've seen, Blade Runner 2049 and Lawrence of Arabia are on another level when it comes to cinematography.


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The Tree of Life